There are a few reasons why the girls’ basketball team from Ganado High brings fans from across northeastern Arizona along on its road trips.
are quick and fundamentally sound, as most of their counterparts are in that
region, and they almost always put on a good show.
of all of that surfaced on Friday (Dec. 27) in Day 2 of the Lady Titan Winter
Hoops Classic at Phoenix Arcadia.
into an early 10-2 hole, and dug itself out of trouble on a few other occasions
to defeat Xavier Prep 55-53, scoring a basket to break a tie with four seconds
Xavier into the consolation round, where the Gators stopped Phoenix Thunderbird
53-39 later on Friday. Xavier began the tournament on Thursday (Dec. 26) with a
55-42 win over Flagstaff Coconino.
(10-3) will play two more consolation games on Saturday (Dec. 28), against
Phoenix Horizon at 9 a.m. and Peoria Centennial at 12:45 p.m.
Jennifer Gillom was none too pleased about the team’s up-and-down performance
against Ganado (12-1). She met with the players for nearly 30 minutes
the players for not hustling on the offensive boards, and for numerous
(Ganado) wanted to win more than we did,’’ she said.
And the Gators
paid little attention to what the coaches had told them before the match what some
of Ganado’s offensive tendencies would be.
senior center Michelene Coleman highlighted the victory with 22 points,
including eight of the Hornets’ 11 points during crunch time in the fourth
what appeared to be a slight bit of improvement against Thunderbird (7-5),
Gillom said, “I’m still not satisfied. We are not where we need to be at this
point of the season.’’
After a big
road win over Phoenix North just before the Christmas break, “I thought we were
getting there. Hopefully in these next couple of games, we can get back on
The coach is
concerned because the Gators begin play in the tough 6A Conference Premier
Region on Jan. 14. Among the teams in that region are Chandler Hamilton, which
defeated Xavier in last year’s state championship game, and Gilbert Perry.
guard-forward Elysia Fleetwood was one of the few Xavier players who were on
their game against Ganado. She had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 steals.
Thunderbird, 13 of Xavier’s 15 players scored, led by freshman point guard
Sienna Cherwinski, who scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers.
53, Thunderbird 39
scoring – Sienna
Cherwinski 11, Channing Kehoe 7, Tori Saucedo 6, Sophie Sash 5, Elysia
Fleetwood 4, Mia Davis 4, Hannah Young 4, Kailey Appel 3, Mackenzie Coder 2,
Rachel Orr 2, Ireland Blim 2, Sophia Alameddin 2, Toni Garcia 1.
Xavier Prep 51
scoring – Elysia
Fleetwood 21, Mia Davis 8, Mackenzie Coder 6, Tori Saucedo 6, Sienna Cherwinski
4, Hannah Young 4, Kailey Appel 2.
55, Coconino 42
scoring – Elysia
Fleetwood 13, Tori Saucedo 12, Mia Davis 9, Sienna Cherwinski 7, Hannah Young
5, Kailey Appel 5, Tanya Barakat 4.