Jan 292014

The Lady Roadrunners picked up wins over Blue Ridge and Show Low on Wednesday and Friday in home games last week, then dropped their first game of the new year at Chinle on Saturday.
Wednesday’s home game against the Blue Ridge Lady Yellowjackets saw Holbrook start slowly with only nine first period points. In the second the Birds came to life, dropping in 27 points to lead 36-12 at the half. Quanyyah Lester, Teyah Goldtooth and Rochelle Nez each netted seven points in the second period alone. The Birds’ scoring slowed in the second half, but they easily won the game 56-26.
Nez led the team in scoring with 17 points. Goldtooth added 10; Quanyyah Lester, 8; Summer Olney, 6; Tilly Kelly and Dena Kinlicheenie, 5 each; Adriana Monroe, 3; and Shandie Demuth, 2.
Hosting a struggling Show Low squad on Friday, Holbrook led 33-5 at the half and again cruised to an easy 51-23 win.
Eleven of Holbrook’s 12 players in uniform scored, led by Quanyyah Lester’s 9 points. Nez, Cheyenne Lester and Demuth each netted 7; Laurie Brown, 5; Shinaya Wagner and Tamara Yazzie, 4 each; Goldtooth and Kelly, 3 each; and Kinlicheenie and Monroe, 1 each.
The Roadrunners hit the road for the third consecutive Saturday in January, but this time they were unable to return home with a win.
They played fairly well through the first eight minutes at Chinle, holding a four-point edge going into the second. In the second period Holbrook’s scoring woes began. The Birds failed to score from the field, making just four free throws, yet trailed by only five points at the half. In the third quarter their shooting woes continued and Chinle took the rebounds and ran the floor extending the lead to 14 points heading to the fourth. In the fourth Brown made Holbrook’s only field goal as the Birds continued to struggle from the floor. Chinle went on to win the game easily, 61-34.
Olney led Holbrook’s meek scoring attack with 6. Quanyyah Lester added 5; Cheyenne Lester, Goldtooth and Monroe, 4 each; Brown, Nez and Kinlicheenie, 3 each; and Demuth, 2.
“The good news is we were able to win seven straight to start the new year, which has put us in good shape power point wise. The bad news is with the exception of our Page win, we really haven’t faced the kind of competition which we will see in the state tournament in a couple of weeks,” said Coach Greg Perkins.
“Chinle is a good team and for whatever reason, we just didn’t play well the last three periods. We didn’t play with any energy and it showed up in our shooting. We only shot 21 percent for the game and turned the ball over 33 times. Those two things rarely add up to wins against anyone.
“We know the end of our schedule is much tougher and we need to use it to prepare for the state tournament. Hopefully, the Chinle loss was a wake up call. Tough games are now ahead and we need to step up and respond,” said the coach.
Holbrook headed into Tuesday’s game at Winslow with an overall mark of 19-5 and was 11-2 in power point games. On Thursday, Jan. 30, the Birds will travel to Tuba City, then host Valley Sanders on Saturday, Feb. 1.