By Greg Perkins
The Lady Lobos got past Holbrook for the second time in as many weeks in the sectional semifinal round last Wednesday night in Show Low. Snowflake got a huge performance from Jessica Neff, who finished with a game high 30 points in the 69-52 win over the Lady Roadrunners.
Snowflake came out of the gates early, taking a 16-7 lead over a cold shooting Roadrunner squad in the first quarter. Both teams played even in the second, but in the third Neff poured in 13, giving the Lobos a large lead. Holbrook battled back and had trimmed the lead to six points with just under three minutes left in the game when Teyah Goldtooth, who had made five three-point shots earlier in the game for Holbrook, went down with a season ending injury. The Lobos shut out Holbrook the rest of the way, pulling away for the big win.
Along with Neff’s big night, Annika Decker scored 11 points; Marisa Godfrey, 8; Courtney Baldwin, 7; Kadi Johnson, 6; Tycee Coplan, 3; and Tori Flake and Macie Rawlins, 2 each.
Playing for what would have been a top six seed in the state tournament the Lobos met up with Winslow in the sectional championship game on Saturday night, again at Show Low High School. The Lady Bulldogs proved why they are the defending state champs early on, doubling up the Lobos in the first quarter. They led by 15 at the half and pushed that margin into the 20s before Snowflake made a bit of a run in the fourth with subs playing for both teams before the Lobos eventually fell 53-39.
With that loss Snowflake dropped into the 15th overall seed for the state tournament, which begins today (Feb. 19). The Lobos will host a familiar foe when they welcome in No. 19 Payson in the opening round of the state tourney at 6 p.m. Snowflake and Payson played twice this season, with each team winning on their home floor. With a win the Lobos will see more familiar faces, as Winslow awaits the winner as the No. 2 overall seed. That matchup will be on Saturday night, Feb. 22, at the Den in Chinle. A loss for all teams from here on out brings an end to their respective seasons.
By Greg Perkins