Girls beat Bears of a different fur for fourth win

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Know that old saying about sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you?

Well, the Socorro girls basketball team was witness to both occasions this week.

In one instance, the Warriors fell 43-32 to district foe Hatch Valley before taking a break from District 3-3A play to beat the Bears of Estancia on Wednesday night inside Warriors gym.

Steal, points, rebounds — whatever SHS needed, guard Dezirae Armijo supplied it against Estancia.

To start the second quarter, Armijo hit a 3-pointer, drew a foul and hit free throws, and then converted her own steal into another trey. Armijo’s eight-point outburst was part of a larger, half-closing, 16-0 run that gave SHS a 29-19 lead they’d never relinquish. Socorro demolished the Bears 52-36 to win its fourth game of the season.

Originally scheduled for Dec. 6, Socorro’s game against Estancia was rescheduled because of inclement weather.

And Armijo was adamant about making up for lost time.

She scored 15 of her 19 points in the first half when the Warriors most needed somebody to emerge.

The Bears grabbed leads of 7-1, 11-5 and 19-13, but could never grow it past six points, as they finished with as many turnovers as points.

Wednesday night quickly turned into the Armijo hour.

In loose-ball situations, Socorro’s energetic guard used her agility to chase down rebounds against much-larger Estancia. She came up with at least three big offensive boards that gave the Warriors another crack at the basket. On frequent occasions, she was the one poking the ball away from Estancia’s flustered guards — several of those turnovers leading to easy transition points.

The Bears, unable to get closer than eight, just couldn’t muster enough offense or make key defensive stops when they most needed them. Veronica Lujan hit a pair of free throws to bring it to 35-27, but on the next possession, Estancia let guard Amanda Saenz get lose, and she drew a 3-point play. She missed the free throw, but SHS still possessed a 10-point cushion.

All this despite the free-throw discrepancy clearly favoring the Bears, who shot eight in the third quarter before Socorro attempted its first. Overall, the teams were even as could be from the line, both attempting 32. Socorro made 15 to the Bears’ 14.

Samantha Ward’s three-point play made the count 45-32 with more than seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter, but Estancia mustered only four free throws, and no field goals, the rest of the way.

Estancia’s lone 3-point threat, Bobbi Otero, had eight points in the first quarter, including a pair of 3 balls, but was held scoreless the rest of the way. Ward finished with 14 points to lead the Bears. Saenz chased Armijo’s high-point honors with 10 of her own.

Socorro was slated to take on Hot Springs at home on Friday night after El Defensor Chieftain press time.

 


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