Feb 232016

The Lady Roadrunners’ season came to a close last Wednesday night in Kingman. Playing as the 19th seed, the Holbrook squad had to travel to take on the 14th seeded Lady Bulldogs, who had dropped quickly in the rankings after spending most of the season ranked in the top five. They lost their leading scorer in the last week of the season, but, unfortunately for the Roadrunners, she made her return to the court for the state tournament.
Kingman jumped out to an 11-0 lead before the Roadrunners picked up two free throws from Laurie Brown. Eventually, they fought their way to a 20-12 first period deficit. After not taking a free throw in the first period, the Kingman girls began making their way to the free throw line in the second, where they made five of 10 to lead by 14 at the half. Quanyyah Lester helped keep Holbrook in the game with 13 first half points and Brown added 8. The Roadrunners’ problem was that the rest of the team only scored two in the half.
“We got plenty of outside opportunities against their zone, but we went just four for 19 from the three-point line in the first half and shot worse from outside in the second half,” said Coach Greg Perkins. “Their size took care of our inside game until late in the contest when Aiyana Gary came through with 5 points. Laurie and Quanyyah kept us in it for the first half, but we needed more people to score.”
The Birds held the Bulldogs scoreless through the first six minutes of the third period and fought their way back to only a five-point margin with the score at 37-32, but a three-point play by the Bulldogs took the lead back to eight. Holbrook trailed by 12 heading into the fourth, and Kingman knocked down 17 of 19 free throws in the final stanza to pull away and end Holbrook’s season with a 75-49 loss.
Lester led Holbrook’s offense with 21 points, followed by Dakota Dick with 10; Brown, 8; and Alishea Kee and Gary, 5 each. The Roadrunners made eight two-point field goals, eight treys and went nine for 12 at the charity stripe.
Kingman was led by its star, Desirae Gonzales, with 24 points. As a team, the Bulldogs made two three-point shots and went 23 for 35 at the free throw line.
“It’s always disappointing to lose in the state tournament, but I am proud of this year’s team. Not a lot of people gave these girls a chance to get back to the state tournament for the seventh straight year, but they got the job done and reached a goal, which is a constant goal for this program,” said Coach Perkins.
“Losing just two seniors, I expect the core of this team, if they are willing to put in the off-season work required to improve, will return for next year. We have some very talented young girls up and coming in this program, so I am already excited about the next few years to come. We will be back in the gym next week, working toward what I hope to be a final four trip for the next couple of years. However, the girls have to put in the work it will take if they want to go that deep in the tournament. We have been there before and with time spent in the gym and the weight room, we will return.
“I do have to say our two seniors, Quanyyah and Laurie, will be missed. They are two incredible players, and even more amazing young people. I wish them well in their future endeavors.”
Holbrook completed the season with an overall record of 14-16.