By Greg Perkins
The Lady Lobos wrapped up a busy week on the hardwood at the Winslow Winter Classic, where they posted two wins and two losses.
Snowflake opened the tournament last Thursday with a well played 56-32 win over Hopi. Jessica Neff led the onslaught with 20 points. Kadi Johnson added 8, followed by Annika Decker with 6; Tycee Coplan, 5; Melissa Eich, 4; Macie Rawlins, 3; and Courtney Baldwin, Tamaria Shone, Rachelle King, Sidney Palmer and Marisa Godfrey, 2 each.
The Hopi win advanced the Lobos into the bracket for a matchup against the hosting Lady Bulldogs. Winslow jumped out early and maintained that lead throughout the game, eventually finishing off the Lobos 53-27. Snowflake had scoring opportunities inside, but couldn’t get enough points to keep pace with the highly ranked Bulldogs. Decker led the charge with 9 points, followed by Neff with 6; Eich and Coplan, 3 each; and Shone, Godfrey and King, 2 each.
With that loss they moved into the loser’s portion of the bracket, where they faced Westwood. This time around it was the Lobos who came out of the gates early with a 16-2 first period advantage. That lead dwindled by the end of the fourth period, but Snowflake held on to secure a 40-38 win. Decker led the way with 15 points, followed by Godfrey with 11; Neff, 6; Johnson, 4; and Coplan and Baldwin, 2 each.
Their final game of the tournament was a matchup with Chinle. The Lady Wildcats doubled up the Lobos in the first period, then held a 44-30 halftime lead. That lead grew gradually throughout the second half before Chinle closed the book on a 75-51 win. Neff played well, leading the Lobos with 17 points. Godfrey added 11, followed by Decker with 9; Coplan, 8; Johnson, 4; and Rawlins, 2.
The Lobos began last week with a well played and hard fought overtime loss to the Window Rock Lady Scouts in Snowflake. Both teams scorched the nets in the opening quarter, combining for 46 points. They both cooled in the second, leaving Window Rock with a 31-29 halftime lead. In the third the Scouts extended their lead to six only to see the Lobos rally to force overtime. Snowflake led by two late in the game, but just came up short, losing 65-64.
Neff again played well with 22 points. Godfrey added 19, followed by Coplan with 12; Decker, 6; Johnson, 4; and Baldwin, 1.
The Lobos headed into the holiday break with an overall mark of 7-5. They will return to action on Friday, Jan. 3, with a road trip to Payson. That will be followed by games at Holbrook on Jan. 7, at Sedona on Jan. 9 and at Show Low on Jan. 14.
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By Greg Perkins