After receiving a first round bye in the state tournament, the Lady Roadrunners have moved on to round three with a decisive second round win over Monument Valley on Saturday night.
Playing at Window Rock’s amazing facility, seventh seeded Holbrook jumped on top of the 10th seeded Mustangs early. Teyah Goldtooth dropped in 17 of her game high 28 points in the first eight minutes and Holbrook’s defense did a stellar job holding the Lady Mustangs to just eight points in the first, which ended with Holbrook on top 24-8.
The Roadrunners’ offense slowed in the second when they made just two field goals, although both were threes, one by Dishie Kinlicheenie and one by Goldtooth, but they still held a 13-point halftime lead.
Rochelle Nez, who was saddled with foul trouble in the first half, went to work in the third period, netting nine of her 14 points to help expand Holbrook’s lead to 16 points with one period left.
Quanyyah Lester led the way in the fourth with six points, getting out in transition to pace Holbrook to a solid 69-47 second round win.
“I thought for the most part we played well, especially on defense. We knew we had to contain their two biggest offensive threats, and for the most part I think we did that,” said Coach Greg Perkins. “We also felt we could get transition points against their press and the girls did a great job of running the floor.
“Teyah, Rochelle and Quanyyah all had big games scoring, but it was our defense which got the job done.
“Now we really have to step up all areas of our game to get past the next round. Everyone who steps on the court for us will need to have a good game, but I think the girls are up to it.”
Goldtooth finished the game with 28 points. Nez added 14; Quanyyah Lester, 13; Cheyenne Lester, 6; and Summer Olney and Tyler Pacheco, 2 each.
Holbrook made five three-point shots and went 10 for 18 at the free throw line. Monument Valley hit three treys and went six for eight at the charity stripe.
With the win the Roadrunners, now 24-8, moves on to Glendale on Thursday, Feb. 26, where they will match up with No. 2 Page at 4:30 p.m. in the Gila River Arena (formerly jobbing.com arena). Page has beaten Holbrook in all three meetings this year and the Lady Sand Devils are one of the favorites to bring home a state title. Page (32-1) cruised past Ganado 57-34 in another second round game on Saturday. If the Birds can avenge their three earlier losses to Page on Thursday, they would most likely face Winslow in the final four at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 27. The No. 3 Lady Bulldogs will be heavy favorites to get past No. 22 Thatcher in their quarterfinal matchup on Thursday.