Jan 102014

The Lady Roadrunners posted another check in the win column Tuesday night with a sluggish 56-42 victory over visiting Snowflake.
Returning to the court for the first time since Dec. 28 the Holbrook squad once again struggled to take care of the ball, but still built a four-point lead going into the second quarter. Summer Olney, Teyah Goldtooth and Rochelle Nez each netted four in the first eight minutes. In the second period Adriana Monroe canned a pair of three-point shots and Tilly Kelly hit the first of her two from outside to help Holbrook extend the lead to 10 at the half.
The Roadrunners came out of the halftime locker room cold and didn’t score for the first four minutes of the third period. If not for Quanyyah Lester’s three-point shot late in the period, they may have given up their entire lead to the Lobos, who got a pair of three-point shots from Marisa Godfrey to trim Holbrook’s lead to five heading into the fourth. In the fourth period the Roadrunners pushed the ball inside a little more and down the stretch they pulled away to secure the 14-point win.
“We knew coming in we had to really try and keep their big girl off the boards and out of the paint,” said Coach Greg Perkins. “Overall, I thought we did a good job with that. We did give up some three-point shots, which really kept them in the game the second half, but our defense for the most part was fairly decent when it needed to be.
“Offensively, we are still searching for an identity. We have to take better care of the ball, we need to move better without the ball and we have to play more aggressive with the ball. Once we figure those things out we are going to be a better team.
“Yes, it’s nice to win, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done over the course of the rest of the season if we want to make the state tournament and advance very far in it,” said the coach.
Goldtooth led Holbrook with 16 points. Monroe, Olney and Kelly each scored 8. Rochelle Nez and Quanyyah Lester finished with 6 each, and Dena Kinlicheenie added 4. Holbrook made nine of 11 free throws and hit five shots from behind the arc.
The Lobos were led by Godfrey with a game high 17 points. Jessica Neff added 12; Tycee Coplan, 7; Annika Decker, 4; and Courtney Baldwin, 2. The Lobos made just three of 12 free throw attempts and hit five treys, all by Godfrey.
With the win Holbrook improved to 13-4 overall and moved to 5-1 in power point contests.
The Lobos dropped to 2-3 in power point games and 6-9 overall.
After playing Round Valley on Thursday in Eagar, the Roadrunners will travel to Page on Saturday, Jan. 11. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, they will welcome in the Payson Lady Longhorns.