Feb 262014

The Lady Roadrunners got past Ganado in the opening round of the state tournament, but their season came to a close in the second round on Saturday night against Estrella Foothills.
Earning a first round home game as the No. 11 seed, Holbrook welcomed the 22nd ranked Ganado Lady Hornets last Wednesday night. The Roadrunners started quickly, building a 10-point lead going into the second. The Hornets trimmed one point off that lead by the half. In the second half Holbrook’s defense came to life as the Birds limited the Hornets to only six total second half points in the 55-24 win.
Rochelle Nez and Summer Olney led Holbrook with 10 points each. Cheyenne Lester added 9; Shandie Demuth, 8; Tamara Yazzie and Quanyyah Lester, 5 each; Dishie Kinlicheenie, 4; and Dena Kinlicheenie and Adriana Monroe, 2 each.
With the win, Holbrook advanced to meet up with sixth seeded Estrella Foothills at North Canyon High School on Saturday afternoon.
Playing in front of a packed house in Phoenix, the Roadrunners held a four-point lead at the end of the first. Estrella Foothills took advantage of a couple of costly errors by Holbrook in the closing minute of the first half and scored seven straight points to lead by seven at the half.
In the third period both teams struggled in a game which had no flow due to numerous official whistles called on both sides. Holbrook trailed by six heading into the final eight minutes, but a three-point bomb by Teyah Goldtooth tied the game with just under six minutes remaining in the game. In the second half the Roadrunners missed nine of 17 free throws and turned the ball over too many times, resulting in the end of their season as they just couldn’t close the deal, losing 56-51.
For the game the Roadrunners missed 19 of their 34 free throw attempts.
“You just can’t expect to win anytime you miss that many free throws. Combine that with our turnovers and it is easy to see why we lost a game we could have won,” said Coach Greg Perkins.
“This loss certainly hurts and will linger for a while, but soon enough we will realize the season we put together and be proud of what these girls accomplished. After losing seven seniors last season we came back to go 22-10 and advance to the second round.
“The good news is we lose just two seniors and have the core of our team returning for next season. Next year looks very bright for a deep playoff run, but only if the girls will put in the time to get better individually and as a team, which I am confident they will. We will be back in the gym soon preparing for next year.
“I would like to thank the fans and parents for the support they gave the ladies throughout the season. It was great to see so many at home against Ganado and the large number of fans who showed up in Phoenix.”
Goldtooth led the team in the season’s final game with 16 points. Nez added 8; Quanyyah Lester and Demuth, 6 each; Cheyenne Lester, 5; Dena Kinlicheenie and Monroe, 3 each; Dishie Kinlicheenie, 2; and Olney, 1.