Dec 272013

Poor shooting and turnovers by the Lady Roadrunners were enough to at least give Holbrook fans an exciting game Dec. 19.
The Birds started the game out well enough, building a four-point first period lead over the Ganado Lady Hornets, then extending that margin to 14 points midway through the second period. A late three-point shot from Ganado just before the buzzer gave the visiting Hornets momentum going into the locker room.
Holbrook’s turnovers and missed shots in the paint enabled a hard playing Hornet team to keep the game close. Ganado, in fact, took a three-point lead late in the game and probably should have won the game. Summer Olney came up with a late game steal and found Teyah Goldtooth who pulled the Birds within a single point. Holbrook had two wide open, three-point opportunities with less than five second left to get the lead, but both missed the mark. Rochelle Nez fought for the offensive board on the second miss and earned her way to the free throw line, where she canned both shots to give Holbrook a 42-41 win. This was the second time Nez made a pair of free throws at the end of a game to help the team get a last second home court win.
“We started this game out well, but as it went along we kept missing and missing scoring chances in the paint. That, combined with some bad turnovers at critical times, kept Ganado in the game. Give them credit, they played us hard and probably should have won,” said Coach Greg Perkins.
“In the final seconds we got a key steal and Rochelle once again got the job done at the line.
“We missed 21 shots in the paint which, combined with more turnovers, allowed Ganado to stay close. We really need to focus on taking care of the ball over the break and we have to score when we get good chances.”
Nez led Holbrook with 16 points. Olney added 11, including two big three-point shots in the second period. Shandi Demuth also netted a pair of treys, finishing with 8 points. Goldtooth finished with 4; Tamara Yazzie, 2; and Tilly Kelly, 1.
Holbrook made 12 of 19 free throws and hit four three-point shots.
Ganado was led by Jaelynn Curley with 16 points, followed by Sunny McCabe with 8; Tierra James, 6; Requal Curley, 5; Nikesha Eagleman, 4; and Asdzaan Huevemann, 1.
The Hornets made 13 of 26 free throws and hit two three-point shots.
With the win the Roadrunners improved to 9-2 on the season. They are playing in the Valley Christian Tournament in Chandler through Saturday, Dec. 28. They return to regular season play on Tuesday, Jan. 7, when they host Snowflake.