With 45 seconds left in the state championship game, Tuba City’s Lady Warriors blew past the Seton Catholic Lady Sentinels for a 42-32 win, making this an unprecedented third straight title win for the largest native school district in Northern Arizona. Jayme Lomakema was the scoring leader for the Lady Warriors with 17 points, trailed by Nicole Tsingine with 13 points. Defense was the key-winning element for this unstoppable girls varsity team.
Fans and community members saw them play their best in the last four games of the season ending with the State Championship at America West Arena in Phoenix.
Head Coach Manuel Begay in his first year of Varsity coaching, has previous winning experience with two wins in the past two years as assistant to former head girls coach Tamyra Rogers who has returned to medical practice in San Antonio, Texas.
Head Coach Begay has also been honored by being named as 2002 Arizona Class AAA Coach of the Year.
3A Coach of the Year Begay, “I have enjoyed coaching the Lady Warriors. The community of Tuba City has a championship team composed of good students, good citizens and talented athletes.
“The TC community has every reason to be proud of this outstanding accomplishment. Winning the state championship was the culminating event of a long journey. During this journey, the players enjoyed being fully engaged in whatever they were doing, whether it was practice or playing in a game. During the journey, individuals showed mutual respect for each other and for the other teams they played.