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Oree Foster
Staff Writer, AZPreps365.com

Girls, boys hoops: Northern schools do well in holiday tournaments

January 4, 2020 by Oree Foster, AZPreps365


GIRLS

CHANDLER PREP NEW YEAR'S CLASSIC

AMERICAN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY-GILBERT NORTH 53, CHINLE 52 (OT)

American Leadership Academy-Gilbert North outscored Chinle, 6-5, in the overtime period to post a 53-52 victory on Friday in the second round of the Chandler Prep New Year's Classic.

American Leadership Academy led by five points, 15-10, when the first quarter expired. Chinle battled back in the second period, outscoring American Leadership Academy, 17-14. Ameican Leadership Academy held a two-point halftime advantage, 29-27.

Chinle sliced American Leadership Academy's advantage to one points, 39-38, when the third period expired. The Lady Wildcats netted 11 points to American Leadership Academy's 10 points. Chinle canned nine points to American Leadership Academy's eight points, to knot the game at 47-47, sending the contest into overtime.

Tiffany Quigley tallied 14 points to lead American Leadership Academy offensively.

Meishyla Begay and Aisha Ashley both scored 13 points for Chinle. Brandii Clah added eight points for the Lady Wildcats.

"It was a close game all the way," said Chinle head coach Fran McCurtain. "We matched up very well. We didn't execute on the turnovers they made. Overall it was a good game. We will continue to learn as a team."

BOYS

CHANDLER PREP NEW YEAR'S CLASSIC

SCOTTSDALE CHRISTIAN 47, WINDOW ROCK 42

Scottsdale Christian outpointed the Window Rock Scouts, 47-42, as tournament bracket play began in the Chandler Prep New Year's Classic on Friday.

Scottsdale Christian poured in 16 points and Window Rock tallied eight points in the first quarter. Scottsdale Christian knocked down seven points and Window Rock canned eight points in the second period. Scottsdale Christian held a 23-16 halftime lead.

Scottsdale Christian and Window Rock both poured in 14 points apiece in the third quarter. Scottsdale Christian held a 37-30 advantage. The tempo of the game slowed down in the fourth quarter, as Scottsdale Christian outscored Window Rock, 10-8.

Adrian Destea and Cauy Silversmith both knocked down 12 points apiece for Window Rock.

"Our defense kept us in range," said Window Rock head coach Tom Bizardi said. "We were patient with our offense. I'm glad we're beginning to balance ourselves on both sides of the court."

GIRLS

CHANDLER PREP NEW YEAR'S CLASSIC

GONZAGA, WASHINGTON PREP 59, WINSLOW 35

Gonzaga Prep of Washington state posted a 59-35 victory over the Winslow Lady Bulldogs in the second round of the Chandler Prep New Year's Classic.

Kristen Wagner and Andrea Willeto both poured in 11 points to lead Winslow.

"Gonzaga Prep was a deep and athletic team," said Winslow head coach Jerron Jordan.

GIRLS

CHANDLER PREP NEW YEAR'S CLASSIC

WINSLOW 56, ALCHESAY 42

After losing to a tough and strong Gonzaga Prep of Washington state, earlier on Friday, the Winslow Lady Bulldogs bounced back with a 56-42 victory over the Alchesay Lady Falcons in the Chandler Prep New Year's Classic.

Andrea Willeto and Kylie Begay combined for 43 points to pace Winslow offensively. Willeto knocked down 23 points and Begay chipped in with 20 points.

"My team had a good bounce back win, following the Gonzaga loss," said Winslow head coach Jerron Jordan.

Hidi Massey poured in 12 points and Brandi Edwardo adde 11 points for Alchesay.

GIRLS

CHANDLER PREP NEW YEAR'S CLASSIC

WINDOW ROCK 52, ALCHESAY 41

Window Rock's defense stymied Alchesay in the first quarter, as the Lady Scouts took a 10-0 first quarter lead.

Window Rock chalked up a 52-41 decision over Alchesay in the second round of the Chandler Prep New Year's Classic.

After blanking Alchesay in the first quarter, Window Rock outscored the Lady Falcons, 18-12, for a 28-12 halftime lead.

The Lady Scouts took a 42-28 advantage at the end of the third quarter. The Lady Falcons outscored the Lady Scouts, 16-14. Alchesay canned 13 points to Window Rock's 12 points during the fourth period.

Jana Solee poured in 10 points, followed by Keyona Goodman and Robbie Talkalai with nine points apiece and Bayle Talkalai with eight points.

Brandy Edwards led Alchesay with 16 points. Maria Riley added 11 points for the Lady Falcons.

"It was a great team effort defensively," said Window Rock head coach Sharon Toadecheenie. "We took control of our opponent's uptempo ball movement and shooting range."

BOYS

WHITE MOUNTAIN TOURNAMENT-BLUE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

CHINLE 47, BENSON 40

The Chinle Wildcats chalked up a 47-40 win over Benson on Friday in the White Mountain Tournament at Blue Ridge High School on Friday.

Chinle took a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Wildcats outscored Benson, 11-4, to take a 21-11 halftime lead.

Chinle and Benson both scored 11 points apiece in the third quarter, as the Wildcats continued to lead, 32-22. Benson outscored Chinle, 18-14, in the fourth period.

Payton Wagner poured in 14 points and Cooper Burbank added 12 points for Chinle.

Triston Martinez rattled the cages for 15 points, Carson Barney tallied 11 points for Benson.

"Benson was very physical on both ends of the court," said Chinle head coach Raul Mendoza. "That effected our inside game. In the second half, we adjusted that. Payton Wagner scored some crucial  points to help us put the game away."

BOYS

WHITE MOUNTAIN TOURNAMENT-BLUE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

GILA RIDGE 78, CHINLE 65

In an uptempo hardwood battle, Gila Ridge outlasted Chinle Wildcats, 78-65, in the White Mountain Tournament in Blue Ridge High School on Friday.

Gila Ridge raced to a 27-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. Gila Ridge outscored Chinle, 18-11, in the second quarter for a 45-25 halftime lead.

Chinle outscored Gila Ridge, 16-13, in the third quarter. Gila Ridge continued its lead, 58-41, at the end of the third period. The Wildcats tallied 24 points to Gila Ridge's 20 points. in the fourth period.

Jamison Kay and Desmon Johnson led Gila Ridge. Kay knocked down 27 points and Johnson added 24 points.

Chinle's Cooper Burbank rattled the cages with 27 points, Colin Yazzie netted 16 points for the Wildcats.

"We started poorly on the defensive end in the first quarter," said Chinle head coach Raul Mendoza. "We gave up 27 points in the first quarter that made it difficult to get back in the game."