Oree Foster
Staff Writer

Bishop Gorman drops Page for Lake Powell Holiday Classic title

December 2, 2018 by Oree Foster, AZPreps365


Bishop Gorman, an elite team from Las Vegas, Nevada, outlasted host Page Lady Sand Devils, 51-35, in the championship game of the Lake Powell Holiday Classic in Page.

Page girls basketball head coach Ryan Whitehorse said the Lady Sand Devils learned and gained invaluable experience during its three games in the tournament.

"Going into the championship game, we were lucky enough to get a chance to play against a big, elite program, Bishop Gorman," Whitehorse said. "We learned a lot."

Page was one of three 3A North Region teams participating in the three-day tournament.

Page completed the tournament with 2-wins and 1 loss record. The Tuba City Lady Warriors finished 2-wins and 1 loss, claiming consolation fifth place. Monument Valley Lady Mustangs claimed fourth place with 1-win and 2-loss record.

Kirtland Central (New Mexico) Lady Broncos finished third place, when they defeated Monument Valley. Scottsdale Saguaro copped sixth place, when they lost to Tuba City. Tohatchi (New Mexico) Lady Cougars garnered seventh place, after defeating Phoenix Maryvale.

Page Lady Sand Devils

Bishop Gorman took a seven point lead, 12-5, in the first quarter during the championship game against Page. Bishop Gorman took a 29-19 lead at halftime, after outscoring the Lady Sand Devils, 17-14.

"We started off a little nervous against a very well coached athletic team," Whitehorse said. "Once we got the jitters out, we finally started to play our game, staying disciplined and playing hard-nose pressure defense."

Page cut into Bishop Gorman's 10-point lead in the third quarter. Page outscored Bishop Gorman, 10-5, in the third period. Bishop Gorman held a 34-29 advantage at the end of the third period.

"When they got tired, we started to get points off our transition," Whitehorse stated. "We dug ourselves a hole in the first half, but responded well in the third quarter, cutting a 10-point lead to a 2 possession game."

Bishop Gorman outscored Page, 17-6, in the fourth quarter, taking home a 16-point victory and the championship trophy.

"Going into the fourth quarter, we committed a couple of turnovers that Bishop Gorman capitalized on," Whitehorse explained. "It was a good learning experience definitely for my girls. These are the games I want for them. It really tests our mental and physical toughness. We will definitely use what we learned this weekend to get better as the season progresses."

Amy Yellowman talled nine point to lead Page. Camryn Nockideneh and Torrance Begay each added eight points for the Lady Sand Devils.

Page's Myka Taliman and Camryn Nockideneh were voted to the All-Tournament team.

"I'm proud of all the girls," Whitehorse said. "All we ask from the girls each game is to play hard and compete for 32 minutes. Most importantly, take that next step to get better each game. I think we took several steps this weekend."

Page opened the first round of the tournament with a 51-19 win over Scottsdale Saguaro.

Page took control of the game in the first quarter. The Lady Sand Devils outscored Saguaro, 22-7. The Lady Sand Devils held a 30-10 lead at halftime.

The Lady Sand Devils increased its lead to 46-17 at halftime. Page outscored Saguaro, 5-2, in the fourth stanza.

"The game gave us an opportunity to play everyone," Whitehorse stated. "We have a lot of first year players on the team this year. They got some good varsity minutes. The girls played hard, stuck to our game plan and had fun at the same time."

Camryn Nockideneh scored 10 points to pace Page. Mikala Benally and Torrance Begay both added seven points apiece for the Lady Sand Devils.

The victory advanced Page into the semifinals of the tournament.

Page pulled off a 40-33 victory over region rival, Monument Valley Lady Mustangs.

Page took a 13-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Sand Devils extended its lead to 23-13 at halftime.

Page continued its lead, 31-24, at the end of the third quarter. The Lady Sand Devils and Lady Mustangs both scored eight point apiece in the fourth frame.

Camryn Nockideneh pumped in 12 points for Page. Myka Taliman scored nine points and Mikala Benally contributed seven points for the Lady Sand Devils.

Tuba City Lady Warriors

The Tuba City Lady Warriors played hard throughout the Lake Powell Holiday Classic in Page.

Tuba City defeated Scottsdale Saguaro, 69-31, in its consolation fifth place contest.

The Lady Warriors raced off to a commanding 22-5 lead in the first quarter. Tuba City held a 34-12 lead at halftime.

Tuba City extended its lead to 55-22 at the end of the third quarter. The Lady Warriors tallied 14 points to Saguaro's nine points in the fourth period.

Shiala Dugi tallied 14 points and Mikeya Sheppard added nine points for Tuba City.

In the first round of the tournament, Tuba City dropped a 66-41 decision to talented Bishop Gorman, an elite team from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bishop Gorman took a 20-9 advantage in the opening frame. Bishop Gorman held a 36-19 lead at halftime.

Bishop Gorman extended its lead to 53-28 lead at the end of the third quarter. Bishop Gorman and Tuba City each canned 13 points apiece in the fourth period.

Larissa Yazzie netted 12 points, followed by Chamique Nez and Tiriya Mexican with six points apiece.

The first round loss dropped Tuba City into the consolation side of the bracket.

Tuba City chalked up a 63-29 victory over Phoenix Maryvale.

Tuba City held a 28-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Warriors took a 44-16 lead at the end of the first half.

The Lady Warriors extended its lead to 60-23 when the third quarter expired. Maryvale netted six points and Tuba City hit for three points in the fourth period.

Larissa Yazzie popped in 14 points to lead Tuba City. Gracee Curley tallied 11 points and Chamique Nez chipped in with nine points for the Lady Warriors.

Prior to the tournament in Page, Tuba City outlasted the Show Low Lady Cougars, 48-29, in a freedom game.

Show Low started the game off with a strong showing. The Lady Cougars held a 12-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. Tuba City stormed back, scorching the cords for 23 points for a 27-16 lead at halftime.

Tuba City extended its lead to 38-25 at the end of the third quarter. The Lady Warriors outscored Show Low, 10-4, in the fourth period.

Larissa Yazzie netted 10 points and Jayda Chee scored nine points in a winning effort for Tuba City.