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Jan 202014
 

The Lady Roadrunners didn’t resemble the same team that won in Page on Saturday, but after a hard played fourth period Holbrook was able to come up with the same result Tuesday night. The Birds defeated the visiting Payson Lady Longhorns 52-43 to improve to 16-4 on the season and move to 8-1 in power point contests.
The home team played well in the first period, jumping on top of Payson with pressure defense resulting in steals and a 20-13 lead heading to the second. Summer Olney, Teyah Goldtooth and Rochelle Nez combined for 13 of those points. In the second things went south in a hurry for Holbrook. Payson used its size and Holbrook’s tired legs to gain the upper hand and led by one at the half.
Holbrook continued to struggle in the third until Adriana Monroe’s three-point bucket in the final seconds of the period tied the game at 35-35 heading to the fourth. That trey seemed to spark the Roadrunners to life as they outscored the Longhorns 17-8 over the final stretch to get the win.
“Really not sure what happened after the first six or seven minutes. We were playing well and turning our steals into points, then it seemed like the whole team went flat and started playing with heavy legs,” said Holbrook Coach Greg Perkins. “Maybe last week’s three games with two long nights and trips caught up to us. We were in the right position most of the time defensively, but just couldn’t come up with stops or the ball. We had several clean looks from the perimeter and couldn’t buy a bucket.
“Rochelle went to work inside against much bigger players, and struggled to score or get to the free throw line as much as I thought she should have. Quanyyah (Lester) came off the bench and gave us a spark on defense, which got us going again in the fourth. Also Adriana and Shandie (Demuth) finally hit a couple of three-point shots, and we played well in the final four or five minutes to get the win.
“We still haven’t played well on our home court, which is disappointing, but we will take the win and move on to the next game,” said the coach.
Nez led in scoring with 13 points, followed by Goldtooth with 11; Demuth and Olney, 7 each; Lester, 6; Tilly Kelly and Monroe, 3 each; and Dena Kinlicheenie, 2.
Holbrook made only six of 13 free throws and hit four three-point shots, with one each coming from Olney, Kelly, Demuth and Monroe.
Payson was led by Arissa Paulson with 14. Cori Barnett added 10; Harley Turney, 6; Ari Paulson and Sara Novack, 4 each; Tessa Hintze, 3; and Savannah Grassel, 2.
The Longhorns made three of nine free throws and did not connect from long range.
The Birds will travel to Globe on Saturday, Jan. 18, then welcome in Blue Ridge and Show Low on Wednesday and Friday of next week. Next Saturday they begin a difficult three-game road stretch at Chinle.

Photo by Kellie Spangler/spanglerpics.com Adriana Monroe scores three for the Holbrook Lady Roadrunners in their 52-43 win over Payson Tuesday night.

Photo by Kellie Spangler/spanglerpics.com
Adriana Monroe scores three for the Holbrook Lady Roadrunners in their 52-43 win over Payson Tuesday night.

Photo by Kellie Spangler/spanglerpics.com Kyle Chee puts up two for the Roadrunners Tuesday evening. Holbrook edged the Payson Longhorns 54-52. Chee led Holbrook’s offense with 17 points.

Photo by Kellie Spangler/spanglerpics.com
Kyle Chee puts up two for the Roadrunners Tuesday evening. Holbrook edged the Payson Longhorns 54-52. Chee led Holbrook’s offense with 17 points.

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