Feb 262014

By Greg Perkins
Snowflake’s basketball seasons came to a close in their initial state tournament games last week. The Lady Lobos fell to Payson in the first round of the Division III state tournament on Wednesday, while the Lobos fell to Cortez in the second round on Friday night after earning a bye in the first round.
Coach Andy Wood’s Lobos found themselves seeded eighth in the bracket after falling in the semifinal round of the sectional tournament. Snowflake had worked its way to a second overall ranking late in the season, but a sectional loss dropped them to the eighth position as the Arizona Interscholastic Association rules allow sectional tournament winners to lock up the top six seeds in the state tournament. That drop was not kind to the Lobos.
Cortez cruised in the first round of state, rolling over Estrella Foothills 76-43 on Tuesday night. The Colts got any rust they may have had out of the way and ended Snowflake’s season on Friday night at Payson High School.
The Colts came into this game with just three losses on the season and they left with their 22nd win after taking down the Lobos 75-61.
Snowflake wrapped up the season with an overall mark of 25-6.
The Lady Lobos hosted Payson on Wednesday night and after building a five-point lead after one period. The tables were flipped on them in the second and they trailed by five at the half.
Snowflake fought back to tie the game at the end of the third and an evenly played fourth period forced overtime.
In the extra four minutes Payson outscored the Lady Lobos 8-4 to advance in the state bracket and end Snowflake’s season with an overall record of 17-11.
Payson was soundly beaten by Winslow in the second round on Saturday night, 70-30.
The Lady Lobos have the majority of their team returning for next season, but will miss their leading scorer, Jessica Neff, who is the only senior on the team.