3A North teams earn praise at Arizona State Basketball Tournament
The 3A North Region boys' and girls' basketball teams earned their share of praise for their performances in the Arizona State 3A Basketball Tournaments. The Winslow girls won the state championship over rival Window Rock. Five girls' teams were in the tournament and none lost to a team from another region. Four boys' teams were in the tournament and all won at least one game with Winslow reaching the semi-finals.
The Winslow Lady Bulldogs went into the tournament as the fourth seeded team by the power point system. Winslow defeated Round Valley 72-56 at Winslow and Monument Valley 53-46 also at Winslow. Round Valley was seeded fifth by the power points and had beaten 12th rated Tuba City Lady Warriors 36-24.
Winslow defeated the top rated Safford Lady Bulldogs 44-41 in a semi-finals game at Glendale. The Lady Bulldogs won the championship with a 51-40 win over Window Rock. The Lady Scouts were ranked second by the power point system and defeated fellow 3A North Region member Holbrook, ranked 15th,
57-27 at Window Rock, then beat the seventh ranked Alchesay Lady Falcons
61-57 at Window Rock and sixth ranked Snowflake Lady Lobos 56-46 at Glendale in the semi-finals before their loss to Winslow in the Championship Game.
As a group, the 3A North Region girls would up with eight wins and four losses in the tournament but all of the losses were to fellow region members. The region's teams were 4-0 against other regions.
All four of the boys' teams played teams from another region and won their first games. The Holbrook Roadrunners were rated ninth by the power point system and defeated the eighth rated Sedona Red Rock Scorpions 69-61 at Sedona before losing to the top rated Estrella Foothills Wolves 111-58 in Goodyear.
The Window Rock Scouts were rated 12th and nipped the fifth rated Florence Gophers 47-46 at Florence before losing to fellow region member Winslow 62-45 at Winslow. The Winslow Bulldogs were rated fourth by the power point system and defeated Eloy Santa Cruz, rated 13th, 70-40 at Winslow, then Window Rock 62-45 also at Winslow before losing to top rated Estrella Foothills 62-43, the closest anyone had come to the eventual champions. Chinle was rated third by the power point system and defeated 14th rated Parker 71-56 at Chinle, and then lost to the sixth ranked Round Valley Elks 67-53 at Chinle. Round Valley finished strong with a 61-53 win over the second ranked Safford Bulldogs in the semi-finals. Round Valley played a strong game in their Championship Game loss to Estrella Foothills 77-57.
The 3A North Region boys won six games and lost four in the tournament. They were 4-3 against other regions.