Lady Steers keep edge on first place
The Magdalena Lady Steers basketball team kept its hold on first place in District 3-2A with a 48-27 win over the Laguna Acoma Lady Hawks on Saturday, Feb. 12.
With only one district game left in the schedule, the Lady Steers (14-10 overall, 6-1 in district play) are getting closer to securing the top district seed for the district tournament, which runs Feb. 21-25.
As of now, the Magdalena girls hold a one-half game lead over Estancia girls (17-3, 5-1), which has played one fewer district game. The Lady Steers only have to beat the Bosque Lady Bobcats (7-13, 2-4) on Thursday, Feb. 17, to clinch a tie for first place in the district. Estancia’s Lady Bears have to win back-to-back road games at East Mountain and Laguna Acoma to claim a share of first place.
If both teams win their games this week, they would play each other on Saturday, Feb. 19, at a neutral site to determine the top seed in the district tournament.
Winning the game against the Lady Hawks was an absolute must for Magdalena in order to stay in contention for the title, according to head coach Wally Sanchez.
The last time the Steers and Hawks met on Jan. 20, Magdalena escaped Laguna with a 55-53 win.
This time, with experience behind them and the benefit of studying game film of the previous meeting, the Lady Steers were able to gain the upper hand and maintain it for all four quarters.
“It was a must-win for us, and the kids did a great job,” Sanchez said. “They were able to really break it down, and I am real proud of them.”
The Lady Steers recently got most of their injured players back and healthy, and that was a contributing factor in winning the game by such a comfortable margin, said Sanchez.
Alicia Armijo scored 15 points to lead the Steers, while Camille Mansell added nine. But everyone contributed, with eight other players adding to the point total.
Now the Steers have another must-win game against Bosque School on Thursday. When the teams played earlier this year the Lady Steers easily handled the Lady Bobcats, 61-18. But this game will be on the road in Albuquerque, where Sanchez said it’s always tougher to win, and they can’t afford to overlook any team.
“Every practice and every game, we have to play our hardest and leave it all on the court,” Sanchez said. “We can’t take anyone for granted; they are a tough home team.”
The District 3-2A tournament starts on Monday, Feb. 21. The Lady Steers won’t play until late in the week, but where and when won’t be known until Thursday at the earliest and likely not until Saturday if Magdalena and Estancia finish in a tie.
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