Coach Don Petranovich said on Aug. 4 that his team had finished sixth in the Championship Bracket of the 156 team division of the prestigious San Diego Tournament played in July. Winslow fashioned a 5-1 record in the tournament with its only loss coming in the opening game of the championship round by a single point.
The Winslow girls swept through pool play with three straight victories, all by 10 points or more.
Winslow defeated San Diego Christian Academy 45-28 in the team’s first game. Los Angeles Healdsburg was Winslow’s next victim, falling 57-45. A 34-24 win over 29 Palms sent Winslow into the championship round undefeated.
The Lady Bulldogs suffered their only loss of the tournament in the first game of the championship round when San Francisco Paramount nipped them 42-41.
The Winslow girls bounced back to win their next two games and finish the tournament on a high note with a 5-1 record.
Winslow defeated San Diego Valley Center 43-33 and ended its tournament play with a 42-39 win over Stockton Edison.
Team members included Lindsey Begaii, Levyna Ben, Johanna Begay, Bencita Johnson, Alicia Billie, Brittany Begay, Micla Curtis, Latoya Gene, Celeste Sangster, Janeen Yazzie, Amber Nelson and Stacey Yazzie who was injured and unable to play.
The defending Arizona State 3A Champion Lady Bulldogs had enjoyed a similar impressive showing in San Diego in 2003. In that tournament, the Lady Bulldogs finished second, losing in the championship game.
This season, the team finished with the same record as last season, but their loss came earlier.
San Francisco Paramount reached the semi-finals before falling to the eventual champion. The Lady Bulldogs used that momentum to build upon a season that included a Winslow Winter Classic, 3A North Region and Arizona State 3A Championship. Winslow had a sparkling 29-2 record in 2003-2004.
Coach Petranovich will be building upon an incredible 621-126 career record in what could be his last season as the Lady Bulldogs mentor.
The results of the San Diego Tournament in a bracket that featured schools of enrollments up to 4,000 would bode well for Winslow’s chances to repeat.
The Lady Bulldogs do compete, however, in the most talented basketball region in the state where such formidable opponents as Monument Valley, Tuba City, Window Rock and Ganado always provide plenty of competition.
Winslow will participate again in the Gallup Invitational Tournament where they meet the best New Mexico has to offer. One of Winslow’s two losses last season came at that tournament.