By Sam Conner
The Winslow Lady Bulldogs exited the Division III State Basketball Tournament last Wednesday with a 53-51 quarterfinal loss to the Fountain Hills Lady Eagles in Prescott Valley. The win improved Fountain Hills’ record to 23-3 and ended second ranked Winslow’s season with a 23-5 record.
Fountain Hills took a 14-13 lead at the end of the first quarter on a last second three-point shot by Natalie Stilwell. The second quarter was also evenly played and ended with the score tied 24-24 after Fountain Hills hit another last second shot, this one for two points. The third quarter saw the teams continuing to play evenly and ended with Fountain Hills leading 39-37. The Falcons built a lead and began to play a deliberate offense in the last several minutes. A last second three-pointer for Winslow by Halle Hayes proved to be too little, too late, but did cut the final margin.
Hayes led all scorers with 21 points for Winslow. Sophomore Jayce Sangster scored 16 for the Bulldogs and Shandiin Armao scored 9.
Brooke Yost led Fountain Hills with 17 points and Stilwell added 15.
Winslow 13 11 13 14 51
Ftn. Hills 14 10 15 14 53
Winslow: Halle Hayes 21, Jayce Sangster 16, Shandiin Armao 9, Marcella Joe 2 and Tannon Tom 3.
Fountain Hills: Brooke Yost 17, Natalie Stilwell 15, McKenna Schultz 9, Sierra Jarriel 6, Sadie Czarnyzkah 4 and Ashlin Catabiano 2.
In other quarterfinal action, Valley Christian defeated Page, 52-38, Window Rock downed Thatcher, 52-45, and Estrella Foothills beat Pusch Ridge, 44-34.
In the semifinal games, No. 1 Valley Christian defeated No. 4 Window Rock, 53-40, and No. 7 Fountain Hills downed No. 6 Estrella Foothills, 63-49.
Fountain Hills cruised to the state title last Saturday with a 51-36 victory over Valley Christian.
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By Sam Conner