Tuba City Lady Warriors fall to Page Lady Sand Devils 50-48

Tuba City Warrior Celisha Meyers (32) attempts to maneuver around Page Sand Devil defender LeLisa Watson (14) Feb. 20 during the Arizona AIA Division III girls’ state basketball tournament at Nash Center, in Kayenta, Arizona. Page defeated Tuba City 50-48. Photo/Anton Wero

Tuba City Warrior Celisha Meyers (32) attempts to maneuver around Page Sand Devil defender LeLisa Watson (14) Feb. 20 during the Arizona AIA Division III girls’ state basketball tournament at Nash Center, in Kayenta, Arizona. Page defeated Tuba City 50-48. Photo/Anton Wero

MONUMENT VALLEY, Ariz. - The Page Lady Sand Devils and Chinle Lady Wildcats continue play in the Arizona State Division III Basketball tournament in Glendale, Arizona with wins last weekend.

The No. 4 seed Chinle Lady Wildcats held off No. 13 seed Betty H. Fairfax by a score of 54-51 at the Nash Center at Monument Valley High School in Kayenta, Arizona.

The Wildcats will travel to the Gila River Arena, in Glendale, Arizona Feb. 25 to play the No. 4 seed Safford Lady Bulldogs. The game is schedule for a 10:30 a.m. start.

"We played well enough to win, we play a quick team tonight and we will learn from the film," said Chinle Lady Wildcats head coach Pete Butler. "We'll take it (the win) and move on to the state tornament."

Chinle's Nahataba Nacona and Kalii Hunter combined for 28 points to hold off the Betty H. Fairfax Lady Stampedes in the closing seconds of the game.

The Stampede's Jakayla Lowery put up a WNBA range three-pointer to send the game into overtime but it skipped of the rim with no time left on the clock.

The Stampede led at the end of opening quarter 15-8 and were down to the Wildcats 24-3 at the half.

The teams traded bucket for bucket in the third quarter. The Lady Wildcats held on to the lead and were on top at the end of the third quarter 43-36.

Page 50 Tuba City 48

The Arizona State Girls Basketball defending champions are headed back to Gila River Arena after a win.

The Page Lady Sand Devils will play Arizona Division III Section I rival the Lady Scouts of Window Rock, who are the No. 7 seed for the state tournament, at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25.

The No. 2 seed Page Lady Sand Devils held back upset minded No. 15 seed Tuba City Lady Warriors with a 50-48 win.

The game was tied nine times and the lead changed hands a total of 16 times.

Page led 14-13 as the first quarter ended. Tuba City's Shenaira Sloan converted on two free throws with seconds left to tie the game at 27 apiece going into intermission.

Page Lady Sand Devil Alisa Yazzie hit a threepointer, with seven seconds left in the third quarter, sending the crowd into a February Frenzy.

LeLisa Watson had a game high 16 points to lead the Page Lady Sand Devils.

Ashley Dempsey contributed 14 points.

"We are confident and we are playing to repeat as state champions," Dempsey said.

Shenaira Sloan and Keisha Classay had 15 points and 14 points apiece, to lead the Tuba City Lady Warriors.

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