By Sam Conner
The Winslow Lady Bulldogs have found the Gallup Invitational Tournament to be an important event that has always played a valuable role in getting the team ready for play in Arizona during the regular season.
Coach Jarron Jordan is hoping that will be the case again this year although the team fell to some good teams from Texas and New Mexico. The Lady Bulldogs did manage to secure their first victory of the campaign with a 48-47 win over Grants in their last contest of the tournament. The one win and two losses in this tournament left the lady Bulldogs with two wins and two losses for the season.
The Winslow Lady Bulldogs fell to the Bel Air Lady Highlanders from El Paso, Texas, 65-40 in the opening round of the Gallup Invitational Tournament on Thursday. The Lady Bulldogs met the Miramura Lady Patriots from Gallup on Friday. Miramura had lost to Carlsbad 43-32 in their opening game on Thursday.
Bel Air had started play in early November and won at least nine games and lost at least four. The Lady Highlanders led 15-6 after the first quarter, 30-16 at the half and 50-28 after three quarters on their way to a 65-40 victory. They had four players in double figures led by Ashley Hernandez with 16 points. Shelly Ross scored 14, Isabella Sedita 13 and Bianca Avalos 11. Winslow had no player with more than seven points.
In the game with Miramura the Lady Bulldogs trailed by 10 points 18-8 after the first period of play. The second quarter was evenly played and ended with Miramura still up by 10 points 31-21. The Lady Patriots expanded their lead to 42-26 by the end of the third quarter. The Lady Patriots walked off with a 54-42 victory. Miramura had three players in double figures with Melia Ukestine scoring 13 and both Hannah Murphy and Odessa Begay tallying 12 points. Winslow was led by Emerilee Cowboy with 11 points.
On Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs met the Grants Lady Pirates. Winslow led 11-7 after the first quarter. Grants led 21-15 at the half but Winslow had its best quarter and led 35-28 after three quarters. The Lady Bulldogs blew an 11-point lead and were behind in the closing seconds. Justine Butterfield was fouled with one second left to play and made both free throws for a 48-47 victory. She and Kelli Mitchell led the team with 13 points each. Cowboy scored nine for Winslow. Grants did not have a player in double figures but Zoe Victorino and Lauryn Griego each scored nine points.
The Lady Bulldogs are slated to play the Mingus Lady Marauders in Cottonwood on Wednesday in their only game this week. They will then play in the Pepsi Invitational Tournament at Flagstaff on Dec. 7 and 8.