The Tuba City Warriors and Lady Warriors basketball teams made Arizona history on Saturday, as they became the first teams ever to capture both state crowns for their school in consecutive seasons. The victories came before a crowd of 14,270 at America West Arena in Phoenix.
The Winslow Lady Bulldogs finished second, defeating Ganado 29-28 on Friday before falling to Tuba City for the fourth time this season on Saturday. This was Winslow's third straight second place finish and Coach Don Petranovich's sixth such finish. His teams have won four state championships.
The Lady Warriors downed Monument Valley 54-39 on Friday before taking the championship with a 62-44 victory over Winslow on Saturday. It was Coach Tamyra Rogers' second championship in as many seasons of coaching. The Lady Warriors finished their season 33-3. Monument Valley was 27-10 and Winslow finished with a 26-6 record.
Coach Charles Gover's Warriors needed overtime on Friday for their 60-56 semifinal wins over the Wickenburg Wranglers. James Justice had a sensational game in leading the Warriors to a surprisingly easy 67-59 win over then once beaten Coolidge for the championship on Saturday. The Warriors finished 25-6. Wickenburg was 27-6 and Coolidge finished 30-2.
Lady Warriors 54
Monument Valley 39
The Lady Warriors broke a 28-28 third period tie with a final period offensive explosion for a 54-39 victory over the Monument Valley Lady Mustangs in the semi-finals on Friday.
Amy North led the Tuba City charge with 13 points. Leigha Daw was in double figures with 11 points for the victors. Jayme Lomakema with nine points and Sharlimar Navaho and Nicole Tsingine with eight each contributed heavily to the Tuba City cause.
Lorena Sullivan took game scoring honors with 16 points for the Lady Mustangs. Irene Bahe was also in double figures with 10 points.
Lady Warriors 11 11 6 26 - 54
Lady Mustangs 16 6 6 11 - 39
Tuba City: Amy North 13, Leigha Daw 11, Jayme Lomakema 9, Sharlimar Navaho 8, Nicole Tsingine 8 and Tammy Secody 5.
Monument Valley: Lorena Sullivan 16, Irene Bahe 10, Miranda Todacheene 5, Billie Gransen 3, Dominique Blackhorse 2, Yvonne Lake 2 and Sukki Littleben 1.
Winslow 29 Ganado 28
The Winslow Lady Bulldogs nipped the Ganado Lady Hornets 29-28 in semifinal action on Friday.
Ganado led most of the way in the low scoring contest and took a 28-23 into the final period. The Lady Hornets did not score in the final periods as both teams struggled through an offensive nightmare.
Lexine Jensen of Winslow was the only player in double figures with 10 points. Francine McCurtain had nine and Faith Carpenter finished with eight points for the Lady Bulldogs. Carpenter put Winslow ahead for the final time with over five minutes remaining. Ganado had its chances, but couldn't convert from the field or the charity stripe.
Melissa Jones led the Lady Hornets with nine points.
Winslow 9 6 8 6 - 29
Ganado 8 10 10 0 - 28
Winslow: Camille Begay 2, Francine McCurtain 9, Faith Carpenter 8 and Lexine Jensen 10.
Ganado: Kendralyn James 4, Jolene Benally 7, Candace Kirk 1, Melissa Peterson 7 and Melissa Jones 9.
Lady Warriors 62 Winslow 44 for Championship
The Lady Warriors broke open a tie game with a 15-9 run in the third period and went on to defeat the Winslow Lady Bulldogs 62-44 for the Arizona State 3A Girls Basketball Championship on Saturday.
The teams had been knotted at 19-19 after the first period and 29-29 at the intermission. Tuba City continued to pull way in the final frame, increasing a 44-38 third period lead.
Tuba City had four players in double figures with junior Jayme Lomakema leading the way with 18 points. Sharlimar Navaho with 16 points, Amy North with 12 and Tammy Secody with 10 all cracked the double-digit barrier.
Senior Francine McCurtain scored half of Winslow's points and took game scoring honors with 22 points. Faith Carpenter added nine for the Lady Bulldogs.
Winslow 19 10 9 6 - 44
Tuba City 19 10 15 18 - 62
Winslow: Camille Begay 2, Nicole Begaii 5, Francine McCurtain 22, Faith Carpenter 9 and Lexine Jensen 6.
Tuba City: Sharlimar Navaho 16, Tammy Secody 10, Jayme Lomakema 18, Nicole Tsingine 6 and Amy North 12.
Tuba City 60 Wickenburg 56 in Overtime
The Tuba City Warriors earned a return trip to the Arizona State 3A Boys Basketball Championship Game with a dramatic 60-56 victory over the Wickenburg Wranglers on Friday.
Wickenburg came out strong and had a seemingly commanding 22-8 lead after the first period. The Wranglers led by as many as 16 points during the opening quarter. Tuba City closed the gap, but still trailed by 31-26 at the intermission. The Warriors had their big quarter in the third stanza and took a 10 point 48-38 advantage into the fourth period. Wickenburg showed its character by coming back to tie 52-52 at the end of regulation before the Warriors finally won the game in overtime.
LaVar Martin paced Tuba City's balanced attack with 17 points. Eric Klain with 14 points, James Justice with 12 and Josh Allan with 11 were all in double figures for the Warriors.
Tony Qorri and Brad Johnson finished with 15 points each for the Wranglers. Brandon Thayer with 14 points and Larry Rose with 11 gave Wickenburg four players in double digits as well.
Tuba City 8 18 22 4 8 - 60
Wickenburg 22 9 7 14 4 - 56
Tuba City: LaVar Martin 17, Eric Klain 14, Lance Martin 2, James Justice 12, Josh Allan 11 and Tristan Kewanyama 4.
Wickenburg: Tony Qorri 15, Brandon Thayer 14, Chuy Gonzales 1, Brad Johnson 15 and Larry Rose 11.
Tuba City 69 Coolidge 57 for Championship
The Tuba City Warriors claimed their second straight Arizona State 3A Championship with a 69-57 win over the favored Coolidge Bears on Saturday before a crowd of 14,270.
The Warriors led after every period after establishing a 16-12 first period advantage. The margin was 27-20 at the intermission and 42-34 after three periods.
The senior-laden Warriors had four players (all scheduled to graduate) finish in double figures. LaVar Martin led the way with 19 points. Boys action, con't.
James Justice had a sensational game on the boards and on defense as well as scoring 16 points. Eric Klain scored 14 points, many of them coming at critical moments. Josh Allan ran the offense and tallied 11 points for the Warriors.
Randy Youtsey led the Coolidge attack with 17 points. Michael Smith added 12 and Rickey Jackson was in double figures with 10 points for the Bears.
Coolidge 12 8 14 23 - 57
Tuba City 16 11 15 27 - 69
Coolidge: Adam Cordova 2, De'Ariane Loggins 7, Randy Youtsey 17, Michael Smith 12, Rickey Jackson 10, Kyle Miguel 7 and Devin Rutledge 2.
Tuba City: LaVar Martin 19, Eric Klain 14, Lance Martin 3, James Justice 16, Michael Wheeler 2, Lloyd Billy, Jr. 3, Josh Allan 11 and Andrew Johnson 1.