The Flagstaff Eagles came into the Pepsi Holiday Tournament with fresh legs as they had a first round bye going into the elite eight as they waited to play either Greyhills or Snowflake.
They ended up taking on the Snowflake Lobos in the elite eight.
The Eagles and the Lobos had a tight run in the first half even though the Eagles were firing on all cylinders, the Lobos were able to hang on, keeping it a tight 31-20 first half, with the Eagles leading.
Freshman two star phenom Gracelyn Nez helped keep the lead on the Lobos. Fans might remember her from starting and playing lights out for the Eagles during the volleyball season. Putting up just over 400 kills for the lady Eagles.
Eagles head coach Tyrone Johnson on what he thought about the freshman two way player.
“Her willingness to learn the game is a great key trait she has. She is phenomenal on and off the court, coming from volleyball to basketball she learned the game very quick.”
Nez finished the game a basket shy from a double-double in her first tournament play. Finishing with 8 points, 3 assists and 10 rebounds. She had early foul trouble but was able to control it an finish the game strong.
The game leader in points was senior Sheridan Edgewater, having 16 points and tying team high 3 steals.
Coach Johnson on what he thinks about his senior on her play tonight.
“She leads us with energy on and off the court. She gives great effort day in and day out. Great defense and gets us going. This is her last year with us and we want to make it great for her.”
The Eagles would end up going on a big run to beat the Lobos 62-45.
The lady Eagles take on Cactus at 11 A.M tomorrow in the final four, and if they win that they move on to the championship later that day at 5 P.M from the winner of Winslow and St. Mary.