Shiprock dream ends in championship game

By Sunnie Clahchischiligi
Navajo Times

ALBUQUERQUE, March 20, 2014

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(Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

TOP: Shiprock’s Tanisha Begay (23) looks for a way around closely guarding Portales Lady Ram Francis Armijo (11) on Friday during the girls Class 3A championship game at the UNM Pit in Albuquerque. Shiprock was defeated in overtime, 62-59.

BOTTOM: Shiprock Lady Chieftain fans hold up a picture of one of their star players, Ashley John, on Friday, during the girls’ 3A championship game against Portales at the UNM Pit in Albuquerque.

The long ride to the Pit in hopes of a state championship title came to an end for the Shiprock Lady Chieftains.

It wasn't the ride they had hoped for in the end, one filled with medals and a blue trophy, but it was still one heck of a ride.

Shiprock became the 2014 Class 3A girls' basketball state runners-up after Portales defeated them last week, 62-59, in the championship game of the state tournament held March 11-15 at the Pit, where they finally met their match after going into the game undefeated at 29-0.

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