Oree Foster
Staff Writer, AZPreps365.com

3A girls, boys hoops: Winslow boys, MV and Ganado girls victorious

January 21, 2019 by Oree Foster, AZPreps365

It's a dogfight for top honors in the 3A girls and boys North and East Regions.

Two weeks remain in the 3A North Region regular season. The 3A North Region regular season ends on February 2. The 3A North has a Regional Tournament schedued from February 7 to 9.

In 3A North Region boys, Chinle Wildcats are first place with a 6-0 region record. Window Rock Fighting Scouts are second place with a 4-1 slate. Page Sand Devils sit in third place with a 3-2 mark. Kayenta Monument Valley Mustangs are 3-3 in fourth place. Tuba City Warriors are 1-5 for fifth place. Ganado Hornets round out the 3A North Region schools with a 0-6 record for sixth place.

In 3A North Region girls, Page Lady Sand Devils are unbeaten with a 5-0 record. Tuba City is second with a 4-2 mark. Chinle is 3-3, sitting in third place. Ganado is 3-3 in fourth place. Window Rock is 1-4 for fifth place in the region standings. Kayenta Monument Valley is 1-5.

Meanwhile, the 3A East Region has three weeks remaining on its schedule. The 3A East Region will not have a Regional Tournament.

In 3A East Region boys, Blue Ridge Yellowjackets are 3-1, followed by Winslow Bulldogs with a 2-1 mark. Holbrook, Snowflake and Show Low are all 2-2. Payson is 0-3 in region play.

Winslow leads the 3A East Region in girls with a 3-0 mark. Holbrook and Show Low are both 3-1. Snowflake is 2-2. Payson is 0-3. Blue Ridge is 0-4.

The 3A girl's State Tournament begins on February 12 and the 3A boy's State Tournament starts on February 13.


Winslow 73, Kayenta Monument Valley 54

Four Winslow players scored in double figures to pace the Bulldogs to a 73-54 win over Monument Valley, spoiling the Mustangs' Winter Homecoming in a freedom game in Kayenta.

Zach Wagner tallied 19 points, Darius James added 16 points, Elias Stewart and Dustin Richard both chipped in with 12 points apiece for Winslow.

Tyler Jacobs led Monument Valley with 18 points and Hunter Nez knocked down 14 points.

Winslow raced out to a 21-7 first quarter lead. The Bulldogs continued to dominate, scoring 23 points in the second quarter, to the Mustangs' 15 points. Winslow held a 42-22 halftime lead.

The Bulldogs outscored the Mustangs, 21-15, for a 65-37 lead. The Mustangs netted 17 points and the Bulldogs tallied eight points during the fourth period.

Winslow head coach Scott Corum praised his team's performance.

"We did a great job at setting the pace early," Corum said. "Darius James was relentless at pushing the ball up the floor and the rest of the team did a great job at filling the lanes. Our big guys were constantly attacking the offensive boards. Defensively, we did a great job at contesting passes and shots. We put tough pressure on the ball and in the passing lanes."

Winslow, 15-4 overall, travel to Snowflake, 8-10 overall, today in a 7:30 game.

Monument Valley, 13-7 overall, host Chinle, 20-4 overall today at 7:30 p.m.


Kayenta Monument Valley 63, Winslow 44

The Monument Valley Lady Mustangs celebrated its Winter Homecoming with a 63-44 victory over Winslow Lady Bulldogs in a freedom game in Kayenta.

Monument Valley and Winslow played patiently in the first quarter. The Lady Mustangs held a 7-5 lead. The Lady Mustangs and Lady Bulldogs both canned 13 points in the second quarter. Monument Vallrey held a 20-18 halftime lead.

The Lady Mustangs pulled away in the third quarter, after outscoring the Lady Bulldogs, 18-8. Monument Valley held a 38-26 lead at the end of the third quarter. The Lady Mustangs and Lady Bulldogs both netted 18 points apiece in the fourth quarter.

Jazlyn Lane led Monument Valley with 20 points and Jayla Nez added 14 points.

Pacing Winslow was Justine Butterfield with 20 points. Andrea Willeto tallied 10 points for the Lady Bulldogs.

"MV (Monument Valley) shot the ball well and we did not shoot well," said Winslow head coach Jerron Jordan.

Monument Valley, 8-13 overall host Chinle, 12-6 overall today at 6 p.m.

Winslow, 15-4 overall, travel to Snowflake, 7-12 overall for a game at 6 p.m.


Ganado 48, Tuba City 44 (Overtime)

Ganado outscored Tuba City, 7-3, in the overtime period to win the game. The game was knotted at 41-41 at the end of regulation play.

Ganado shot the ball well in the first quarter, taking a 13-8 lead over Tuba City.

Tuba City outscored Ganado, 12-10, in the second quarter, cutting the lead to three points, 23-20.

Ganado held a 32-31 lead as the third quarter expired. Tuba City tallied 10 points to Ganado's nine points in the fourth quarter, sending the game into overtime, tied at 41-41. Ganado outscored Tuba City 7-3, to win the game.

Jayla McIntosh led Ganado with 15 points. Nizhoni McCray tallied 13 points and Deana Curley chipped in 12 points for the Lady Hornets.

Ganado, 16-9 overall, travel to Fort Defiance to face the Window Rock Lady Scouts, 10-10 overall, today at 6 p.m.

Chenille Nodman scored eight points, while Mikaya Sheppard and Talisha Attakai both scored seven points for Tuba City.

Tuba City, 14-5 overall, entertain the Page Lady Sand Devils, 15-4 overall, today at 6 p.m.