Scouts defend home turf at the Thunderdome
Scouts boy and girls win season finale
WINDOW ROCK- Approximately 1,600 fans amassed at the Thunderdome to witness the season finale between the Holbrook Roadrunners (14-13, 4-8) and the Window Rock Scouts (18-7, 7-5). Derek Mitchell scored 22 points, Christopher Tallwood and Brandon Lee contributed 11 points each. With nine points apiece were Joshua Mitchell and Dwight Tabaha. The Scouts won over the Roadrunners with a final score of 67-59.
Jerel Dixon had a game high 26 points and Kyle Cummings added 17 points for the Roadrunners.
The Lady Scouts (14-10, 6-6) were victorious over the Lady Roadrunners (2-24, 0-12) with a final score of 69-39. They won behind the scoring of Myra Watchman with 13 points while Ashley Mitchell and Latiaja Johnson scored nine points each.
The Lady Roadrunners' April Lester led all scoring with 18 points. Amanda Chee and Sheria Billie added five points each.
Rex Self scored six points and Victor Paz added a bucket as the Roadrunners got off to a fast start with an 8-4 opening run. Cummings and Dixon added a 10-0 run of their own to end the first quarter. The Scout's Derek Mitchell, Charles Yellowhorse and Lee combined for 8 points during the first quarter.
The Scouts ended the second quarter with a 10-0 run, cutting the deficit to two points entering the half. Dixon had eleven points and Xavier added a trey for the Roadrunners, who at one point enjoyed a 12-point lead.
Behind Tallwood's seven points, the Scouts tied the game for the first time at 35 and continued on a 12-9 scoring spurt and eventually led 42-41. Derek Mitchell scored at will, bringing the sold-out home crowd to its feet to end the third period leading 52-48.
Cummings scored nine unanswered points to regain the lead for the Roadrunners early in the final quarter. The Roadrunner's faithful started chatting "Defense, defense," when Dixon scored on another turnover with a little over four minutes left in the game and the score at 57-54.
Just when the visiting crowd sensed a change in momentum, Joshua Mitchell, who rode the pine off and on for three quarters, came off the bench to score nine points for the Scouts who now enjoyed a 63 to 59 lead.
The Scouts spread the floor in the final three minutes of the game to hold off the Roadrunners as Mitchell and Lee scored the final four points of the regular season, winning a hard fought game with a final score of 67-59.
"We got tired at the end' said Roadrunners' head coach Raul Mendoza. "But we're ready for Mondays game [in the North] Regional playoffs."
"We stepped it up on defense in the third quarter, I think that was the key to the win," said Window Rock head coach Gil Clauschee. "The third quarter seems to be our quarter. We usually step it up on defense and our offense steps up too. We finished, on a good point," he concluded.
The host Lady Scouts, led by Tania Hatathlie, Nastasha Slinkey, Raquel King, Myra Watchman, Ashley Mitchell and Latiaja Johnson, stormed out to a quick 17-3 lead.
April Lester and Sheria Billie answered for the Lady Roadrunners with seven points in the opening quarter to bring the score to 17-7.
The Lady Scout's Charmayne Smith, Coralie Clark, Vanissah Burnside, Watchman and Hatathlie combined for 13 points while Nicolie Baldwin, Amanda Chee, Billie and Lester scored ten points for the Lady Roadrunners. However, the Lady Scouts took a commanding lead going into the locker room at the half with a score of 30-17.
It was all Lady Scouts in the first half. "We tried to work on our offense and defense," said Scouts head coach Adrian Pete. "We came out running in the first quarter, but made some mistakes [with turnovers] and we need to work on that. You don't want to be making those types of errors in the regional and state tournaments," he added.
In the second half, the Lady Scouts worked on their defense as they held the Lady Roadrunners to only eight points while scoring 20 points of their own. "We made a little run [in the fourth quarter] there," Pete said. "We like to see the bench get some playing time. They did a good job," Pete added.
The Lady Scouts shut down the Lady Roadrunners, outscoring them 19-14 in the final quarter with a final score of 69-39.