WINSLOW -- Misti Caldwell poured in 19 points and Chantel Gobfrey added 16 as Snowflake beat Hopi, 46-35, in the opening round of the girls high school basketball tournament in Winslow. Hopi fell to 4-3.
Deidra Jones led Hopi with 11 points, Nadia Nelson and Tracy Honanie tossed in seven points each, Rozanna Nasafotie netted five points, Savanna Anderson and Tamecia Lomawaima had a deuce each and Marleita Burbank hit a foul shot.
Caldwell poured in eight points in the first quarter as Blue Ridge led 12-9. Jones scored four points during the period to keep the Lady Bruins close.
Gobfrey netted nine points in the second quarter as Blue Ridge grabbed a 27-22 edge at intermission. Jones scored a half dozen points to keep Hopi in the game.
Caldwell scored six points in the third quarter as Blue Ridge led 35-27. Nelson scored four points for Hopi during the period.
Gobfrey scored five points for Blue Ridge in the final period while Honanie and Nelson scored three apiece for the Lady Bruins.
Hopi High Coach Gwen Grant said the Lady Bruins started slow and shot poorly, but played well in spurts.
"We could have done a lot better offensively and rebounding," she said. "If we shot half as good as we did in our last game then we would have had a good chance at winning."
Coach Grant said Hopi played well defensively.
"Our weak side help was there and we had a good team effort defensively. Nadia Nelson did a good job of guarding their best player," she said.
Against Blue Ridge
On Tuesday, Hopi girls beat Blue Ridge 48-38.
Terra Morgan topped the Lady Bruins with 13 points, Deidra Jones poured in ten, Savanna Anderson and Nadia Nelson netted five points each, Candace Pocheoma and Rozanna Nasafotie tossed in four points each, Tracy Honanie added a trey and Erynne Zahne and Marlieta Burbank had a deuce each.
Lathena Hill led Blue Ridge with 11, Raelynn Johnson and Tandy Webster netted eight points each, Rae Tenijeth added five points, Rikkilynn London scored four points and Tonya Jefferson had a deuce.
Hill fired in eight points in the opening period as Blue Ridge led 14-7. Anderson and Honanie had three each for the Lady Bruins.
Jones tossed in five and Pocheoma added four points as Hopi pulled within 23-21 at halftime. Tenijeth scored five points for Blue Ridge.
Morgan poured in eight points in the third period as Hopi went ahead 37-33.
Jones scored four points in the final quarter as the Lady Bruins cruised to the victory.
Hopi boys vs. Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge had a late rally to come from behind and beat Hopi, 58-57, in boys high school basketball action Tuesday night in Blue Ridge. The Hopi boys fell to 1-8. Michael Rogers paced Blue Ridge with 20 points,
Derrick Yazzie poured in 18, Bryan Williams pitched in with eight, Evandor Kinney netted a half dozen, Keith Willcox added four and Michael Petty had a deuce.
Vincent Timms topped Hopi with 17, Shawn Honanie poured in 16, Michael Lomatewaima tossed in 11 points, Michael Thayer netted nine, Jeremy Adams scored five and Alden Suetopka added four points.
Timms poured in ten points and Honanie added five points as Hopi jumped to a 24-12 bulge after the first quarter.
Lomatewaima led the Bruins with four points in the second period, but Rogers fired in eight for Blue Ridge as the Hornets cut the lead to 34-27. Timms and Honanie netted five points each for Hopi in the third quarter as the Bruins stayed ahead 46-42.
Rogers tossed in another six points in the third period. Yazzie led Blue Ridge with 10 points as he hits three treys in the final period to give Blue Ridge the victory.
(Stan Bindell, former Observer editor, is journalism and radio teacher at Hopi High School.)