WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Winslow Lady Bulldogs participated in the Gallup Invitational Tournament over the weekend. The Lady Bulldogs were without their frequent leading scorer Jaycee Sangster, which hurt the team in all of their contests, where her presence may well have made a difference.
The Lady Bulldogs lost all three games in the tournament, all by close margins. The losses made Winslow's record to 3-5 for the season.
This tournament has long been an important event in building a successful team for the Lady Bulldogs thanks to the top quality teams in the tourney. Cleveland, which defeated Winslow in the first game, defeated Kirkland Central 45-31 and lost to Gallup 61-62. Gallup beat Miramura 75-32 and was undefeated at 6-0.
Dec. 3 the Lady Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker 52-50 to the Cleveland Storm. Winslow led 9-8 after the first quarter but the Storm came on strong in the second period and had a 25-15 lead at the half.
The margin was a still formidable 43-34 after the quarters. Winslow rallied but fell short by a mere two points in the final period.
The win improved Cleveland's record to 2-1 and dropped Winslow's to 3-3. Cleveland out of Albuquerque shot foul shots well and had a 16 point lead in the second half before Winslow battled back to have a chance to win. Winslow reserves played well to make it a close contest. Danielle James had a good game for Winslow with 24 points.
Dec. 4 the Lady Bulldogs lost 62-58 to the Grants Lady Pirates who came into the game 0-2 having lost to Kirkland in their first tournament game. Winslow started strong and had a 17-11 lead after the first quarter. Grants rallied and took a two point 29-27 lead at the half. Winslow came back and took a narrow 45-42 lead into the final period. Grants came back in the final period to claim the victory.
Free throw shooting was vital for the Lady Pirates. Haley Hall led all scorers with 17 points for Grants. Destiny Chavez was also in double figures for the Lady Pirates. James led Winslow with 15 points and Justine Butterfield scored 13.
On Saturday the Lady Bulldogs met the Tohatchi Lady Cougars who were also 0-2 in the tournament and lost 65-56.
Tohatchi got off to a good start and led 18-8 after the first quarter. Winslow came back in the second period and took a 29-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Winslow led 40-32 going into the final period. Tohatchi came back in the fourth quarter to capture the victory. Butterfield led all scorers with 21 points for Winslow. Jenna Yazzie with 12 points and Adrianna Singer with 11 were also in double figures for Winslow.
Tohatchi had three players in double figures led by Cheyanne Begay with 18 points. Tyna Johns scored 16 and Dalene Mitchell had 13 for the Lady Cougars.
The Lady Bulldogs travelled to Estrella Foothills Dec. 8 while the Bulldog boys team entertained the Estrella Foothills Wolves.