Window Rock Lady Scouts claim 3A North state title

<i>Anton Wero/NHO</i><br>
<b>STATE CHAMPS:</b> Members of the Window Rock Lady Scouts hoist the 2011 Arizona State Girls 3A trophy in the air after defeating the Monument Valley Lady Mustangs 41 to 20 during the Arizona State 3A Championship Game in Glendale.

<i>Anton Wero/NHO</i><br> <b>STATE CHAMPS:</b> Members of the Window Rock Lady Scouts hoist the 2011 Arizona State Girls 3A trophy in the air after defeating the Monument Valley Lady Mustangs 41 to 20 during the Arizona State 3A Championship Game in Glendale.

GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Window Rock Lady Scouts held the Monument Valley Lady Mustangs under 10 points in every quarter and took a 41-20 win for the Arizona State 3A Conference Girls' Basketball Championship on Saturday.

Ashley Mitchell led all scorers with 19 points for Window Rock. Coralie Clark scored nine for the Lady Scouts. Mitchell held the talented Bradley Nash to just six points and the Lady Mustangs had their highest scoring quarter with six points in the first quarter after which they trailed Window Rock 11-6. The margin was 17-11 at the half and 31-15 after three quarters. Window Rock finished the season 33-1 and won all but their season opener.

"[If] you want to win a championship, you have got to play good defense. It was key for us playing great defense, taking away their strengths and playing up to our strengths and it worked out for us tonight," said Charles Chong, Window Rock head coach. "I am tremendously proud of these young ladies, I am so happy for them, I really want this for them."

Sydney Perkins and Coralie Clark had two buckets while Ashley Mitchell hit a trey for the Lady Scouts to open the first quarter. To answer the Lady Mustangs, Bradley Nash's two scores and Anjilique Black's driving lay in led to a score of 11-6. The Lady Scouts outscored the Lady Mustangs 6 to 5 in the second frame and led at the half with a score of 17-11.

In the second half, Coach Chong stated, "I told Ashley, Sydney and Coralie to spread out the offense, either they will score or they kick out [the ball] to the perimeter for a score, it worked out for us."

The Lady Scouts began the third frame with a 7-0 run and continued their dominance of the game, leading 31-15 as the quarter ended. In the closing quarter Window Rock overwhelmed Monument Valley 10 to 5 and the final score was 41 to 20.

Window Rock Lady Scouts' senior Ashley Mitchell had a game high 19 points followed by Coralie Clark with seven points. Senior Bradley Nash scored six points for the Lady Mustangs.

Semi-finals

The 3A North Region girls' basketball teams enjoyed great success at the start championship tournament. The six teams from the region won all of their games against teams from other regions.

In the semi-finals on Friday, the Window Rock Lady Scouts ousted the Safford Lady Bulldogs 48-38. Window Rock led 15-6 after the first quarter, 28-20 at the half and 43-26 after three periods. They were never seriously threatened and walked away with the victory.

Jordan Abulos of Safford led all scorers with 19 points and Jessica Hancock was also in double figures for the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points. Francine Clark led Window Rock with 15 points. Ashley Mitchell was also in double figures with 12 points and Sydney Perkins scored nine for the Lady Scouts who had more players score than Safford.

No Lady Bulldog other than the two in double figures scored more than two points.

Monument Valley topped Tuba City 47-25 in the other semi-final game, holding the Lady Warriors to one point in both the second and fourth quarters. Bradley Nash was the leading scorer with 11 points for Monument Valley and was a key defensive performer. Jaime Roe led Tuba City with eight points.

The 3A North Region girls' teams did not lose a game in the state tournament except to other members of the region.

The 3A North Region boys' teams only lost one game to a team from another region in their tournament with four teams from the division competing.

Holbrook made the conference an all 3A North Region champion affair.

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