After putting together their best overall record in over a decade, the Lady Roadrunners’ season came to a close in the elite eight at Gila River Arena last Thursday evening when they lost to eventual state champion Page, 64-34.
The Holbrook squad started well enough, taking a 9-8 lead late in the first period, but that was about as good as it would get. Page’s Lady Sand Devils eventually held a five-point lead after one, then gradually built that margin to a dozen at the half.
“We missed six layups in the first half, which would have left us tied, instead we were in a hole and had to gamble more on defense than I really wanted to,” said Coach Greg Perkins. “Page is coached so well that we knew our traps would have to work perfectly or we would give up shots. They did a good job of moving the ball and got open three-point looks, which they made good on eight of 19 times, essentially taking control of the game. Also they played great defense, taking us out of things we normally do.”
The Sand Devils led 43-27 after three periods, then opened the game up in the fourth period.
Teyah Goldtooth led Holbrook with 8 points, followed by Cheyenne Lester, Quanyyah Lester and Rochelle Nez with 5 each; Summer Olney, 3; and Dakota Dick, Tyler Pacheco, Twyla Clark and Ariyana Pratt, 2 each.
The Roadrunners went 12 for 17 at the free throw line and made two three-point shots.
Page was led by senior point guard Ember Sloan with 14 points. Natasha Henry added 13.
The Sand Devils hit 8 of 12 free throws and connected on the eight three-point shots.
“This program is in great shape. Yes, it is disappointing to end the season with a big loss, and our seniors, Summer, Teyah, Rochelle and Cheyenne, who were so instrumental in our success this year will be missed,” said Coach Perkins.
“Looking ahead we have had tremendous success at the lower levels all the way down to the junior high, which just won the White Mountain League Tournament. We will be young next season, but those young players gained some valuable experience this year, and as long as they get back into the gym this spring and summer, we will be ready to go at it again. I’m excited to see where these young girls take this program in the next few years. Also, we have several returning varsity players who will keep things going in the right direction.
“I would like to thank the parents and all those involved who make big sacrifices to have their daughters be a part of this program. I would also like to thank my coaching staff at all levels, who go above and beyond in keeping the Lady Roadrunner Program successful. I would also like to publicly thank my wife; without her, none of this happens.”
Holbrook finished the season with an overall record of 24-9.