Polacca, Ariz.-Mallory Shattuck fired in 18 points and three Lady Bruins scored in double figures as Hopi beat Greyhills, 57-43, in girls high school basketball action Jan. 19th, Hopi improved to 14-10 overall and 3-5 in the 3A North. Hopi sits in sixth place in the eight team league, but hopes to improve.
Hopi High Coach Rick Baker said the Lady Bruins need to improve their overall game in order to have a chance at qualifying for the state playoffs. “We want to finish the best that we can, so that we can get a higher seed and the home court advantage to start the regional playoffs,” he said. “We hope to peak at regionals.”
Hannah Honani and Chassity Gould tossed in ten points each, Zondra Mahle netted a half dozen points, Tara Secakuku scored five, Marie Koopee, Jvette Yoyokie and Trisha Tenakhongva added two points apiece, and Thomasita Silas and Delaine Numkena sank a free throw each. Shattuck and Mahle scored four points each in the opening period as the Lady Bruins led 13-10. Gould fired in six points--on two treys--as Hopi had a 22-17 edge at intermission.
Honani tossed in four points and Shattuck and Gould added three apiece as Hopi pulled away to a 36-25 lead going to the final period. Shattuck poured in 11 points and Secakuku added four as the Lady Bruins coasted to the victory in the fourth quarter. Coach Baker said Hopi played well in spurts. “Our full court pressure was good, but our offense struggled. We scored just enough to win,” he said. “We finally pulled away in the third quarter. We came back in the second half.”
Coach Baker said Hopi played better defense than it had for the past three games. “We scored a lot of points off our defense because we had a good team defensive effort,” he said.
Coach Baker said Hopi continues to have a lot of problems with its half-court offense. He was glad to note that Honani and Shattuck broke out of scoring slumps. “They’ve been in slumps the last ten games. At least this time we had three players in double figures,” he said.