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Snowflake used their entire roster last night in a round 1 win over Coolidge. The Lady Lobos had the advantage of a home game in the opening round of the 3A State Tournament. They enter the tournament ranked 15th in the state which earned them the first round home game with the number 18 ranked Coolidge Bears. iTalk1067.com in cooperation with the White Mountain Youth Productions streamed the game live and you can watch the full game here:
The Bears came out strong in the first quarter out scoring the Lobos 14 – 13. They were lead by Senior guard Reanna Jackson who had 8 first quarter points including 2 – 3 point buckets. The game featured several lead changes in the 2nd quarter and remained tight until the final minute before half when Snowflake pulled away with a 5 point lead at the half.
Snowflake’s Coach Don Godfrey made some great adjustments at the half that neutralized Coolidge’s top scorer and outside threat Breanna Jackson. Jackson had 11 first half points including 3 – 3’s, but was held scoreless in the second half. Snowflake’s defense was so stifling that they held the Bears to just 3 points in the 3rd quarter. Offensively they amassed a 20 point lead, spreading the scoring between 6 different players. Emily Ballard and Shanae Stratton lead the way with 5 and 4 third quarter points respectively.
After jumping out to a 24 point lead early in the 4th quarter Coach Godfrey began empting the bench with 9 different Snowflake players scoring in the second half. The Bears made a late run in 4th and Snowflake’s starters re-entered the game in the final minutes. Snowflake hung on to win the game by 12. The Final Score was Snowflake 58 – Coolidge 46.
Emily Ballard lead all Scorers with 14 points, Breklee Tanner had 9, Elle Flake Finished with 8. Bailey Flake came off the bench in the second half and scored 6 points. Shanae Stratton, Nakita Olms, and Madi Butler each had 4 points. Emily Rolow finished with 3, Jessica Neff had 2, and Shelby Larson made a free-throw.
The Lady Lobos advance to the second round of the playoffs and will face the #2 ranked Page Sand Devils on Friday night at 6:30 pm. The game will be played at Monument Valley High School.