Whitehorse Raiders basketball close out the season with wins, ready for state

Region 19 teams wrapped up regular season play last week and are on to the state tournament. The Whitehorse Raiders teams are in the tournament with the girls earning the #7 seed and the boys earning the #12 seed. Both teams open tournament play on February 28 in Richfield.
The boys play at 11:30 am and the girls at 5:30 pm, both games will be broadcast on the radio at 92.7 FM.
The Raiders traveled to Monticello on February 13 for a double header.
The Raider boys overcame a halftime deficit to pull away from the Bucks in the opener and win 59-53. Raider senior Lyric Phillips was unstoppable on the night, pouring in 35 points from every spot on the court, including five three-point shots, five field goals, and draining ten of 12 free throws. Speaking postgame Phillips said he learned to score from his day. “He teaches me these things, it paid off tonight, all the basketball I’ve been playing.”
Asked about their goals moving forward Phillips says the team plans to “Keep the same energy every game, go into state and just ball out.”
Other Raiders on the scoring sheet include Lorenz Tsosie with 13, Dominic Dance with five, and Tristan Black and Kalin Tohonnie, each with three.
Monticello was led by Bunker and McDonald, who scored 20 and 12 points, respectively. Lee added eight, Kaden Pehrson seven, Nielson three, and Atwood two.
The Lady Raiders defeated their counterparts from Monticello by a score of 54-33.
Whitehorse was led by Shunbaah Begay with 11 and LaMyia Benally with nine. Heidi Clark and Harmony Thomas each scored seven, while Laila Etsitty and Kadence Lansing each scored six.
The Buckaroos were led by Robison and Braylee Freestone, who each scored nine. Maren Freestone added seven, Tessa Slade four, Atwood three, and Alyssa Sanchez two.
The Whitehorse teams also earned wins on Senior night on February 16.
The Whitehorse girls defeated Shiprock Northwest 61-10, while the Whitehorse boys defeated Shiprock Northwest 121-45.
The Raiders were led by Phillips who had 55 points in the contest including 14 made three-pointers. Tsosie added 34 points, while Dance had seven and Tohonnie scored five.
Kaleb Joe, Kelan Dee, Jayden John, and Brayden John all had four points, Elam Etsitty and Aiden Hamm also scored two points a piece.

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