The 3A Conference Page hoops squads are both in the hunt for some real hardware this season.
While the Page boys appear to be contenders for a state title, something that side of the basketball program has never attained, the girls are setting their sights on bringing home a third consecutive state championship trophy.
The girls won a sixth straight game on Thursday, topping 2A Sedona Red Rock in Sedona, 48-35.
On the girls side, the Sand Devils have just one regular-season game remaining, and it's a big one. Page hosts the Ganado Hornets on Saturday, and both teams hold 6-3 records in the North Region, with the Hornets coming away from the first meeting of the teams with a 36-32 win.
The loss to 13-4 Ganado came during a three-game losing skid by the Sand Devils that accounts for all the stains on the team's 13-3 overall power points record.
There are only three seniors on the Page girls roster, but many of the young players from last year's championship squad are playing big roles while looking to three-peat. Ranked No. 2 in the 3A as of press time, the Sand Devils are led on offense by sophomore guard Miquedah Taliman, who is averaging a team-high 9.5 points per game to go with 2.8 assists per game and 2.5 steals.
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Even if the Page girls win the regular-season region crown, they will still look to take care of business in the 3A North Tournament that starts Feb. 13. The 3A Central and 3A North will qualify its two teams from the region tournament, but Page is in the top five of the rankings already, as is No. 5 Ganado.
Sand Devils senior Camryn Nockideneh is averaging 8.4 points per outing and 3.2 rebounds, and junior teammate Torrance Begay is averaging 7.7 points per game and 4.6 boards.
Led by a dangerous trio of juniors, the Page boys are sitting at 15-1 as of press time and have the No. 3 ranking in the 3A Conference. Stuart Sandall is averaging a team-high 13.8 points per game on 53% shooting from the field for the season, doing damage inside.
The Sand Devils have an 8-1 region record and have locked up the bragging rights, but they still have one region game left against Ganado on Saturday at Page.
The Page boys topped Ganado, 75-31, in the teams' first meeting of the regular season.
Sand Devils guard Robert Smith is at 11.6 points per game and leads the teams in assists at 3.1 per outing and steals at 2.6 per contest. Sandall is also leading the team in rebounding at 9.3 per game. Fellow junior Jonah Holiday follows up with 9.8 points per game and 4.9 boards for the Sand Devils, who went 14-4 last season for the regular season and fell in the state tourney to Wickenburg on the road in a 55-53 second-round heartbreaker.
The Page boys also play in a region tourney that is set to start Feb. 13 at Chinle High School.