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Lady Sand Devils to play Window Rock in top-10 matchup

Posted: Thursday, Jan 23rd, 2014

Justin Billy's pass attempt to Roger Sandall goes awry.
Both Sand Devils basketball teams made quick work of visiting Pinon Jan. 21, with the girls shutting out the Eagles in the first quarter on their way to a 58-27 win. The boys led 42-18 at halftime and, despite coach Paul Kabonic going to his reserves in the third quarter, pulled away to a 72-44 victory.

The Lady Sand Devils (14-7), ranked sixth in Arizona Division III, face fifth-ranked Window Rock in Fort Defiance Jan. 25.

The boys (10-8), ranked 21st by the Arizona Interscholastic Association, also face the Fighting Scouts on Saturday.

The teams then travel to Ganado on Jan. 28.

Last week, the girls swept games against Monument Valley and Tuba City, ending a two-game skid.

Despite a poor night shooting against the Mustangs, Ember Sloan totaled 22 points, 16 rebounds and 12 assists for the week.

In their 53-39 win at Tuba City Jan. 17, the girls led by just three at halftime before rolling the Warriors 20-7 in the third quarter.

Sloan scored 12, hitting three of five shots from three-point range. Jordan Kensley had 11 and Dana Worker 10, including two of four three-pointers.

Sloan, a junior, also led the team with nine rebounds and seven assists.

Two days earlier, the Sand Devils hosted Monument Valley in a game that was close throughout. The teams were tied entering the fourth quarter, but Page outscored the Mustangs, 13-10, to come out with a 35-32 victory.

Sloan led the way with 10 points, but shot just three of 15 from the field. She was perfect in four free-throw attempts. Ariel Austin added seven points and Worker six; both hit three of six field goal attempts. Austin, a freshman, hit the teamís only three-pointer.

Meanwhile, the Sand Devils boys split their games with the Warriors and Mustangs. They are 9-8 on the season.

They dominated in Monument Valley, winning 58-32, behind balanced scoring. Jamaal Thomas, Collin Knight and Carson Wright each had a dozen points, with Michael Redbear adding 11.

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