The Lady Roadrunners mixed in good moments with bad at Ganado last Thursday night, but fortunately the final two minutes of the game landed on the good side, winning the contest 58-52.
Holbrook played well early, opening up an eight-point lead in the first, and eventually headed to the second on top by six. Laurie Brown’s two three-point shots in the second period helped keep the Birds on top by five at the half.
The two teams equally split 30 points in the third quarter, leaving Holbrook in front by five heading to the fourth. Cheyenne Lester and Summer Olney scored 10 of Holbrook’s 15 in the period.
In the fourth Ganado’s Lady Hornets rallied to take a 52-49 lead with less than two minutes remaining. The Roadrunners then played well down the stretch, closing the game on a 9-0 run to win 58-52. Teyah Goldtooth netted 7 in the final period to offset Ganado’s Nikesha Eagleman, who drilled two of her five treys in the final minutes.
“We played well in spurts, just not consistently, which is what we really need to work on for our schedule after Christmas,” said Coach Greg Perkins.
“We continue to struggle on two of what should be the easiest shots in the game, lay ups and free throws. The girls need to convert when we get those opportunities, which would really make the games more comfortable down the stretch.
“It was good to see the girls finish strong to close the game out. Now we can take some time off to catch our breath a little and focus on getting better at the Valley Christian Tournament in late December,” said the coach.
Goldtooth led the Holbrook offense with 16 points. Lester added 13; Rochelle Nez, 7; Brown, 6; Adriana Monroe, 5; Olney and Tyler Pacheco, 4; and Ariyana Pratt, 3. Holbrook made 14 of 24 free throws and hit four three-point shots, two from Brown, and one each from Pacheco and Monroe.
The Hornets were led by Eagleman with 19. Jaelynn Curley added 14; Tanian Nez, 13; Asdzaan Hueneman, 4; and Jasmine West, 2. Ganado made six of 12 free throws and hit six three-point shots.
With the win Holbrook improves to 7-4 on the season and 3-2 in power point contests. The Roadrunners will play in the Valley Christian Tournament in Chandler over the holiday break. They will open play at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, against San Carlos. They are also scheduled to face Tempe, Cactus and Valley Christian in pool play on Dec. 29 and 30. One final bracket game will be played on Dec. 31. They will resume regular season play on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Snowflake.