CHINLE — Hopi High School used a second quarter burst to beat Chinle, 46-42, in girls high school basketball action Nov. 23.
Deidra Jones topped Hopi with 14 points and Dana Cooke added nine to lead the Lady Bruins. It was the season opener for both teams.
Chinle led 7-5 after the first period, but the Lady Bruins zoomed ahead 19-13 at halftime. Hopi continued to lead 30-25 after three quarters.
Chinle outscored the Lady Bruins by one point in the final quarter, but Hopi grabbed the victory.
Hopi High Coach Gwen Grant said the Lady Bruins played really well.
“We had a real up tempo offensively and defensively our girls helped out against their big girl inside. We did a good job of pushing the ball up the floor. We just need to work on improving our screens,” she said.
Coach Grant said the Lady Bruins did a great job of rebounding as they boxed out the Chinle players.
“Everybody played well for us, including our second string,” she said.
Coach Grant said while the Lady Bruins haven’t had enough practices that they are starting to see what they need to do offensively and defensively.
“The more we learn the better we’re going to be. These girls have already come a long way. I expect them to learn and grow,” she said. “We have high expectations and we’ll have to meet them one step at a time.”
(Stan Bindell, former Observer editor, is journalism and radio teacher at Hopi High School.)