By Greg Perkins
The Lady Lobos improved their overall power point ranking last week with wins over Holbrook and Show Low, then suffered a loss to highly ranked Winslow. All three games helped move them into the 14th overall position in the power point rankings heading into the sectional tournament.
Snowflake took down Holbrook Tuesday night, breaking a six-year regular season losing streak to the Lady Roadrunners in the process. Snowflake held a two-point edge at the close of the first and limited Holbrook to just four points in the second to lead by eight at the half. In the third quarter Holbrook rallied a little, catching then passing Snowflake, but in the fourth the Lobos forced Holbrook into turnovers and pulled away for the 41-34 win.
Jessica Neff led Snowflake with 14 points, followed by Tycee Coplan with 9; Marisa Godfrey, 8; Kadi Johnson, 6; Annika Decker, 2; and Macie Rawlins and Courtney Baldwin, 1 each.
Thursday’s home game against Show Low was dominated by Snowflake. The Lobos held the Lady Cougars scoreless in the first half, then played younger players for much of the second half to win 44-28.
Godfrey led the way with 9; followed by Tori Flake and Neff with 6 each; Melissa Eich, 5; Johnson, Baldwin and Audrey Livingston, 4 each; and Rachelle King, Skylee Scott and Macie Rawlins, 2 each.
Hosting Winslow on Senior Night the Lobos played well, but missed some scoring opportunities that may have kept them from pulling a huge upset over second ranked Winslow. The Lady Bulldogs led by eight at the close of the first and by 12 at the half. In the third the Lobos struggled from the field and fell behind by 21 heading to the fourth. They outscored the Bulldogs over the final eight minutes, but still took the 50-35 loss.
Neff led Snowflake’s offense with 12 points, Godfrey, Decker and Johnson added 6 each, and Coplan finished with 5.
The Lobos wrapped up the regular season with an overall record of 17-10 and they were 12-6 in power point contests. They finished as the No. 2 seed for the section tournament and were slated to face No. 3 seeded Holbrook on Tuesday afternoon in Show Low. With a second win over the Roadrunners they would face either Winslow or Payson in the sectional championship game on Saturday night in Show Low. A loss to Holbrook would leave them waiting until Sunday to find out where they will be seeded in the state tournament, which gets underway next week, with the girls teams playing their first round games on Wednesday, Feb. 19.
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By Greg Perkins