Feb 122014

The Lady Roadrunners earned a much needed win Friday night in front of a packed house at Muñoz Gym. Alchesay was in town, meaning the gym was sold out early as fans from both teams filled the seats.
With a sectional tournament berth on the line for the Lady Falcons and a better seed at stake for Holbrook, it was a two-point contest through the first eight minutes. The Roadrunners made just two field goals, a two-point shot from Rochelle Nez and a three-pointer by Shandie Demuth, but they made five of six free throws to stay within two of the Falcons.
In the second period Alchesay moved out in front by seven, but Holbrook rallied in the final two minutes of the half to tie the game at 22-22 at the break. A pair of three-point bombs by Teyah Goldtooth and two point shots from Demuth and Nez helped the rally. In the third period Holbrook’s pressure defense began to turn the momentum in favor of the Birds. Holbrook doubled up the Falcons to take an eight-point lead into the fourth. In the final stanza Holbrook converted 13 of 15 trips to the charity line to put away the Falcons 57-43.
Goldtooth led Holbrook with 15, followed by Nez with 14; Dena Kinlicheenie, 8; Cheyenne Lester, 7; Demuth, 5; and Quanyyah Lester and Summer Olney, 4 each.
Overall, Holbrook made three treys and went 28 for 36 at the free throw line.
Alchesay was led by post player Patricia Tessay, who finished with a game high 17 points. The Falcons also made three long range shots and went one for four at the free throw line.
“We played better early, then tried to fall back into the slump we have recently been in early in the second, but the girls worked their way out of it and played really well in the second half,” said Coach Greg Perkins. “Hopefully, this will give us some momentum as we prepare for the post-season.
“We talked about being more aggressive with the ball on offense and the girls did a great job of getting to the free throw line, where we shot well. Also, we were able to take advantage of them missing their starting point guard, and our press worked better than it has in some time. It was great to see the girls playing with energy again like we did earlier in the season. Now we need to keep it going.”
With the win Holbrook finished as the No. 3 seed for the sectional tournament, which began on Tuesday. Holbrook was to face second seeded Snowflake in Show Low on Tuesday afternoon. If they can avenge last week’s loss to the Lady Lobos, the Roadrunners would most likely face top seeded Winslow in the sectional championship game on Saturday. Winslow is expected to get past Payson in the other semifinal contest.
The Roadrunners finished the regular season with an overall record of 21-8. They were 13-5 in power point contests, leaving them ranked ninth when the sectional tournament week began. They will be in the state tournament, but won’t know their final seeding until Sunday.