Undefeated Shiprock girls enter state tourney as top seed

By Sunnie Clahchischiligi
Navajo Times

SHIPROCK, N.M., March 6, 2014

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(Times photo – Sunnie Clahchischiligi)

The Shiprock Lady Chieftains celebrate their District 1-3A championship victory over the Thoreau Lady Hawks on Feb. 28. The Chieftains defeated Thoreau, 70-21, and heads into the state playoffs as the top seed in Class 3A with a 26-0 record.

Winning 26 straight games and a district championship title can still make a team feel pretty empty.

The Shiprock Lady Chiefs finished the regular season with perfect records this season – 26-0 overall and 6-0 in district 1-3A. They also won the district championship over Thoreau 70-21 on Feb. 28 and were given the No. 1 seed in Class 3A in the state championship tournament.

While those are all significant accomplishments, the Lady Chiefs have their eyes on the real prize – a state championship title.

"I didn't expect 26-0. Right now it just feels like we haven't really accomplished anything yet," Shiprock head coach Larenson Henderson said. "It's just about going to that tournament in Albuquerque and winning that one – the big one."

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