Patience rewards Page girls with home-court tournament win
The Page girls’ basketball team opened up the 2019 season by winning its home tournament.
Of the three games played the Lady Sand Devils were tested in the final two games as they outlasted Kirtland Central 39-36 in the semifinals before pulling away from Tuba City in last Saturday night’s championship game.
After leading 19-15 at the break in the tournament’s finale, Page posted a 42-30 win over its 3A North counterpart.
“I thought we just settled down offensively in that second half,” Page coach Ryan Whitehorse said. “We were playing good defense in the first half and we were rushing our shots and not being patient offensively.”
Whitehorse said that was the big message at halftime as the Sand Devils responded.
“We let the game come to us,” he said. “We just worked the offense and we waited for Tuba to make the mistake. That helped us out in getting that lead in the third quarter.”
For the contest, eight players scored with sophomore guard Miquedah Taliman leading the Sand Devils with a dozen points on 6-of-8 shooting. Juniors Nadya Begay and Neve Redhair added eight and seven, respectively.
“Some of the girls picked up the slack,” Whitehorse said.
Against Kirtland, the Page coach said they prepared for the Lady Broncos’ defensive pressure.
“We knew how aggressive they were going to be,” he said. “We watched some film on them and we got an idea of how aggressive they were defensively. I just reminded the girls to be patient offensively because they wanted to speed us up.”