By Eleanor Guinan
It’s not a secret that our Navajo Indians are going through some growing pains. But if you have watched any of their past games, it looks like their growing pains are almost over. Each game they get better and better and soon, they will be the best.
Navajo was lighting in the first period when sophomore Airen Josefy scored three points to get the them on the board first. Everyone was pitching in to keep up with Cordell. Josefy and junor Kolten Hurst fought to get great rebounds, senior Wyatt Weaver stole the ball away, junior Holdyn Mandrell help get Navajo get within one point of the Blue Devils, junior Lincoln Muller tied the game, and Josefy put three in the baskett right when the buzzer sounded to get Navajo a 16-13 lead at the end of the period.
The Indians started scoring right out of the gates when Mandrell put in two as well did senior Colby Grimes. But they weren’t shooting and scoring enough when Cordell tied the game with two. In this period, the Blue Devils out scored Navajo seventeen to thirteen and Cordell scoring two threes and Navajo scoring none.
They were so determined at the beginning of the second half. The first thing Navajo did was tie the game with help from Weaver, and shortly after that Josefy tied it. After back and forth lead change, senior Tristen Netherton got a two in to tie the 41-41 to finish out the third.
Frustration and fatigue was taking over our boys mind in this period. They were battling so hard to keep the lead. Josefy rebounded and Hurst recovered to get two, but Cordell was getting in their heads and getting them down. Until Weaver shot in a three pointer to spark hope in everyone, but the Navajo Indians sadly couldn’t turn anything up. So close, the final score was 56-51 Cordell Blue Devils.
The boys were inches away from grasping the win and as they are getting better they may win the last games of the season on Monday February 5th and Senior NIght Friday February 9th. They could end this season with a bang if they keep getting better.