Window Rock comes up one game short of title game

By Quentin Jodie
Navajo Times

GLENDALE, Ariz., March 6, 2014

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(Times photos - Donovan Quintero)

TOP: Window Rock Lady Scout D’Ovionn Wagner hugs teammate Nichole Benally after losing to top-seeded Valley Christian, 53-40, on Friday at the Arena in Glendale, Ariz.

BOTTOM: Window Rock’s Namie Klah muscles her way against a Lady Trojan defender for a two-point basket on Friday in Glendale, Ariz. Window Rock lost, 53-40.

The Window Rock Lady Scouts didn't exactly play the Cinderella role at this year's Arizona Division III girls state basketball tournament.

Instead they were one of the dark horses that made the semifinals as some of the other heavyweights in their division ended their season prematurely.

Before the Arizona Interscholastic Association released the brackets the Scouts finished the regular season in a two-way tie for third place in their sectional standing with a 6-3 record.

Two of their league losses were by double digits but the Scouts turned the corner at the start of the sectional tournament and won the title, which helped them earn the No. 4 seed for the tournament.

Thanks to their defense, the Scouts won two tough games early in the state playoffs before they had to face juggernaut Chandler Valley Christian on Feb. 28 in the semifinals.

Window Rock put up a valiant effort against the top-seeded Trojans before bowing out in a 53-40 defeat at the Arena in Glendale, Ariz.

"We got to the Final Four and nobody thought that this group would make it this far," Window Rock first-year coach Mac Beach said. "My girls played a heck of a ball game. I have nothing to be disappointed about. People told me that we might be in the middle of the road when we started this year. We just proved everybody wrong."

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