By Sam Conner
The Winslow Lady Bulldogs have found the Pepsi Invitational Tournament in Flagstaff to be an important event that has always played a valuable role in getting them ready for the rest of the season. They won three games and lost two in the tournament to finish with an even 5-5 record.
Before the tournament began, the Lady Bulldogs went to Cottonwood on Wednesday and defeated the Mingus Lady Marauders 55-29. No individual scoring was available from this game.
The Lady Bulldogs met South Mountain in their first tournament game last Thursday and defeated the Lady Jaguars 56-52 in a game that was tied in the closing seconds. Winslow led early 17-8 but was only up 26-24 at the half and trailed 42-40 after three quarters. Justine Butterfield led all scorers with 22 points for Winslow. Eushawna Nodestine scored 17 points for the Lady Bulldogs. Joanna Campbell led South Mountain with 19 points, one more than Shay Johnson who tallied 18.
The Lady Bulldogs defeated the Lake Havasu Lady Knights later Thursday night in a game for which no scoring was available at press time.
On Friday the Lady Bulldogs defeated the Maricopa Lady Rams 52-43. Winslow led 12-8 after the first quarter, 25-15 at the half and 39-28 after three quarters. No individual scoring was available.
On Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs met the St. Mary’s Lady Knights but lost their chance to advance to the championship game with the final score of 56-40. The game was much closer than the final score and was tied 9-9 at the end of the first quarter. St. Mary’s sped to a 27-19 halftime lead but Winslow came back and cut the lead to 35-33 in the third quarter. St. Mary’s had a strong final period and earned a berth in the championship game with the victory. Lanessa Palencia led St. Mary’s with 25 points. Beyonce Jordan was also in double figures with 16 points. Justine Butterfield was the only Lady Bulldog in double figures with 20 points.
Saturday afternoon the Lady Bulldogs met the Tuba City Lady Warriors and lost 63-47. The Lady Warriors started strong and led 11-8 after the first quarter and 33-19 at the half. Tuba City led 42-33 after three quarters. Kourtney Posey led all scorers with 30 points for Tuba City. Tinya Mexican was also in double figures for the victors with 10 points. Justine Butterfield was the only Lady Bulldog in double figures with 18 points.
The Lady Bulldogs were slated to host Tuba City on Tuesday and will play the Hopi Lady Bruins in Polacca on Thursday. They will host the Snowflake Lady Lobos on Tuesday, Dec. 19, and the Mingus Lady Marauders on Wednesday, Dec. 20, to complete the 2017 portion of their schedule.