Lady Bulldogs nip Monument Valley to win Winslow Winter Classic Tourney
WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Winslow Lady Bulldogs edged the Monument Valley Lady Mustangs 48-46 to win the Winslow Winter Classic Tournament Championship in Winslow on Saturday. The game was a classic not determined until the final buzzer. The top four spots in the tournament's Championship Bracket went to 3A North Region teams. Window Rock defeated Tuba City 57-41 to take third place in the bracket.
Monument Valley had broken on top 12-10 in the first quarter but Winslow led 26-22 at the intermission. There were key moments with approximately two minutes left in the first half when Monument Valley star Bradley Nash was whistled for her third foul and with six minutes to go in the third period when she picked up her fourth. She did not play the rest of the third period as Winslow built a commanding 43-30 lead. Nash led a comeback effort but fouled out with two minutes to go in the game and Winslow leading 48-44.
Nash led all scorers with 18 points for the Lady Mustangs. Nicolette Black was also in double figures for Monument Valley and Destinee Holiday had nine points for the Lady Mustangs. Kourtney Shirley led Winslow with 14 points. Felencia Keams with 13 points and Shernise Ward with 11 were also in double digits for the Lady Bulldogs.
The Lady Bulldogs reached the finals with a 48-31 win over the Tuba City Lady Warriors. Winslow took command of the game with a superb first half. The lead was 13-7 after the first quarter and a commanding 30-13 at the intermission. Neither team scored much in the third quarter as the lead grew by a single point to 36-18. Monument Valley defeated the Window Rock Lady Scouts 63-48 to reach the finals. Those results set up a rematch of last season's Arizona State 3A Conference Championship Game, which had been won by Monument Valley by a single point on a tip-in at the buzzer.
In other Championship Bracket games on Saturday, Glendale Perry defeated Holbrook 56-36 and Chinle topped Sedona Red Rock 48-34. Holbrook nipped Sedona Red Rock 49-48. Window Rock defeated Tuba City 57-41 to take third place in the bracket.
In Consolation Bracket play, Ganado defeated Greyhills 65-42, Hopi defeated Joseph City 47-44 and Payson topped Pinon 49-41. Snowflake defeated Pinon 66-48, Hopi bested Payson 54-36, Snowflake defeated Williams 65-51 and Joseph City nipped Pinon 53-52.