Monument Valley girls clinch Region 23 title, plus other results from the week

The Monument Valley girls basketball team clinched a Region 23 title with a clean 8-0 sweep in region play, while the Whitehorse Raiders boys basketball team clinched a share of the Region 23 title, with a possibility to clinch the division on Tuesday, Feb 15 against Pinnacle after the press deadline.

If the Raiders lose on Tuesday evening, Monticello could share the title with a win over Green River this Friday.

Last week's action began on Tuesday, Feb 8 when Monticello boys and girls teams played host to Monument Valley.

In the girl's contest, the lady cougars defeated Monticello 62-33.

The Lady Bucks trailed by just six points at the end of the first and second quarters but the Cougars pulled away in the third, outshooting the Bucks by 19 points to help secure the win.

Monument Valley was led by a trio of scorers. Alyah Blackwater led the way scoring 18 points on the night. While Lakenya Begaye and Raemi Nez each scored 16 points.

Sonomie Bigman and Chalyishia Tsosie each added three points while Cierra Black and Cassandra Deswood scored two each.

The Lady bucks were led in scoring by Avery Shumway and Kylie Rogers who each finished with eight points on the game, while Kenlee Atwood added seven points.

Ciara McCarthy scored four while Jessi Slack, Jemma Robison and Jesse Gomez scored two points.

In the boys game Monticello defeated Monument Valley 57-46.

Monticello led throughout the game and held off the Cougars despite an 18-point 4th quarter for Monument Valley.

The Bucks were led in scoring by Boston Freestone who finished with 14 points, while Easton Young added 12 with Donavan Atwood scoring 11 and Tommy Sheeran adding 10 points.

Breckyn Hoggard scored four points for the Bucks while Bryson Jones, Curtis Bunker and Mason Atwood scored two points in the game.

The Cougars were led by Doreon Chee who finished the game with an impressive 31 points including seven made three-pointers.

Keshawn Atene added six points, with Kendall Phillips scoring five and Bernard Goodshield adding four.

On Thursday, Feb 10 the Lady Buckaroos dropped a game to Grand County 58-44.

Friday, Feb 11 Montezuma Creek was the site of the second Battle of the Drum in 2022 with repeat results from January’s game.

In the girl's game Monument Valley earned the 38-25 victory over Whitehorse.

The lady raiders led 11-8 at the end of the first quarter and 16-15 at halftime, but the Cougars outscored the home team 23-9 in the second half.

The Cougars were led by Precious Bedonie who scored 11 points, while Nez added nine, Begaye scored seven and Blackwater added five.

Bigman, Neveah Wilson, and Shimequa Hudson each added two points for Monument Valley.

The lady raiders were led by Heidi Thomas who finished with 13 points in the game. McKeeda Sam scored six while Kailee Tohonnie added four and Shania Mitchell scored three points.

In the boys game Whitehorse earned the win over Monument Valley 95-70.

The Raiders were led by Tyrell Benally and Brett James who each finished with 17 points on the night.

Nicolas Howell scored 14 points while D’Wayne Nakai scored 13 and Weston Manygoats added 11.

Lyric Phillips scored eight points, while Keeyah Begay added six Royal Lee five and Logan Murphy and Camron Nakai each scored two points.

The Cougars were led by Chee who finished the game with 24 points including five made threes. Phillips scored 16 for the Cougars while Levandar Hicks added 10.

Atene scored nine, while Theo Tohsonie scored seven points and Goodshield added five.

Monument Valley teams are preparing for the postseason as they concluded their regular season last week.

Whitehorse finishes regular season play against Pinnacle on Tuesday, Feb 15 after the press deadline.

Monticello boys and girls senior night is this Thursday as the Bucks host Dove Creek, and the boys close out their regular season on Friday in Green River.

Final rankings and the 1A state basketball brackets will be released Monday, February 21

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