Jan 282016

The Holbrook Lady Roadrunners wrapped up a much needed 3-0 week last week with wins over the Blue Ridge Lady Yellowjackets on Friday and the Winslow Lady Bulldogs on Saturday night, preceded by Tuesday’s home court win over the Tuba City Lady Warriors.
Hosting Blue Ridge for the second time this season, the Roadrunners moved the ball well against the Jackets’ zone defense, which set up seven first half three-point shots. Holbrook’s defense also got the job done, helping the team build a 31-9 halftime cushion.
The Birds’ polished looking first half was dulled by their third period performance with which they tallied just two field goals. Blue Ridge gained momentum through the third period and halfway through the fourth trimmed the lead to just eight points before Holbrook regained control of the game, going on to win 58-41.
Quanyyah Lester led Holbrook in scoring with 16 points, followed by Alishea Kee, who netted 13 off the bench. Sevanah Bitahy hit a trio of treys for 9 points, followed by Laurie Brown with 6; Tyler Pacheco, 5; Ariyana Pratt, 4; Dishie Kinlicheenie, 3; and Aiyana Gary, 2. The Roadrunners finished the night with nine three-point shots, but struggled from the line, making just five of 13 attempts.
Blue Ridge had three long range shots and went six for 13 at the line.
On Saturday, Holbrook traveled to face rival Winslow in front of a large and noisy crowd. Hoping to avenge last week’s loss to the Roadrunners, the Bulldogs jumped out quickly and led 15-11 after one. Jenna Yazzie netted six for the home team, while Pratt countered with four for the Birds. Kee sparked Holbrook in the second with a pair of three-pointers, helping the Roadrunners stay in touch with the home team, which led 29-23 at the half.
The Birds cut that lead in half through the third period as Pratt netted two more field goals and Kinlicheenie hit a big three-point shot. In the fourth, Holbrook’s only two seniors, Brown and Lester came up large as each hit from distance. Kee’s two free throws gave Holbrook its first lead of the game with less than 30 seconds left. That lead didn’t last long, as Winslow quickly penetrated the lane and hit a four foot shot to go back on top 50-49. Holbrook was left with 12 seconds on the clock and made the most of it. Brown’s driving layup was off the mark, but Lester followed it up, banking home the put back with just two seconds left to give Holbrook a 51-50 advantage. Winslow was unable to get a shot off before the final horn sounded.
Lester led Holbrook with 13 points. Kee added 11; Pratt and Gary, 8 each; Brown, 4; Dakota Dick and Kinlicheenie, 3 each; and Twyla Clark, 1. Holbrook made seven treys, with three coming from Kee, and went six for 12 at the line.
Winslow was led by Danielle James with 14. Siigrid Lii’bilNaghahi scored 12; Yazzie, 10; Justine Butterfield, 8; Adrianne Singer, 4; and Lynnae Mitchell, 2. The Bulldogs made four three-point shots, all from James, and went eight for 12 at the line.
“Both teams are pretty evenly matched, with both of us having relatively young squads this year,” said Holbrook Coach Greg Perkins. “Both played well at times and both made plenty of mistakes.
“Yes, we got a little lucky with Quanyyah getting the put back at the end, but she put herself in position to do just what she did. Laurie made a nice drive, drawing three defenders, and Quanyyah did the rest.
“Now we have to try and somehow get past a very good Window Rock team on Wednesday, which is a critical sectional game for both teams.”
With the win the Roadrunners moved their power point record to 7-6 and their overall mark increased to 13-11. They will host Window Rock tonight (Jan. 27), travel to Many Farms on Friday, Jan. 29, then welcome in a very tough Page team on Saturday, Jan. 30. Next week will be the final week of the regular season and will feature just two games. On Wednesday, Feb. 3, Holbrook plays at top ranked Chinle, then will wrap up regular season play at home on Friday, Feb. 5, when Monument Valley makes a visit.