The Winslow Lady Bulldogs defeated the Gallup Lady Bengals 54-33 in a non-conference basketball game between state championship contenders from Arizona and New Mexico. The victory sent Winslow into the Winslow Winter Classic with a record of 6 -1 for the season and 1-0 in the Enchantment Region.
Coach Don Petranovich said after the game that the Lady Bulldogs had played as well as he has seen a Winslow team play in years. The key to the victory was holding the Lady Bengals scoreless in the second period as Winslow turned a 13-13 first period deadlock into a 25-13 Lady Bulldog lead. The victors still led 39-25 after three periods. Petranovich said that Gallup was an excellent team but his squad had been at the top of their game for the contest.
Nicole Begaii paced the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points, including three three-point goals. Francine McCurtain and Lexine Jensen each finished in double digits with 12 points. Vanessa Hubbard was in double figures for Gallup with 14 points.
Gallup 13 0 12 8 - 33
Winslow 13 12 14 15 - 54
Gallup: Iris Wilson 2, Sunny St. Claire 2, Vanessa Hubbard 14, Roberta Tahe 4, Tonya Bailey 4, Christine Begay 4 and Candace Roanhorse 3.
Winslow: Francine McCurtain 12, Camille Begay 1, Faith Carpenter 8, Niicole Begaii 15, Lexine Jensen 12, Georgiann Neboyia 2 and Kelly Willie 4.