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After dropping an 83-61 contest on the road at Robertson on Jan. 5, the Warriors boys basketball team tried to rally past Ruidoso on Monday night at home but came up just short in a 67-61 loss. Socorro was down 56-41 after the end of the third quarter, but outscored Ruidoso 20-11 in the fourth to make things competitive.

The loss drops the Warriors to 2-9 on the season, but they had a rematch with Hatch yesterday afternoon on the road that was played after El Defensor Chieftain press time.

Socorro will play host to Michael’s on Friday evening, then head to Albuquerque to take on Sandia Prep on Jan. 15. District 3/3A play for the Warriors begins on Feb. 1 when they travel south to play Hot Springs.

The Lady Warriors basketball team traveled to Laguna-Acoma to play the Hawks on Jan. 4 and nearly came out with a victory against the powerhouse Class 2A squad. Socorro fell by six points, 52-46, and fell to 6-8 on the season.

It will play Ruidoso on the road on Jan. 11, then play host to Sandia Prep in a rematch from a Dec. 28 contest the Lady Warriors won 43-32. That game is scheduled for Jan. 15 at 7:15 p.m.

Both the Socorro boys and girls basketball teams will play in the Hope Christian Invitational in Albuquerque beginning Jan. 17.

The Quemado boys basketball team faced a brutal two-game stretch over the weekend as it played host to both Ramah and Magdalena. The Mustangs got 24 and 23 points from Todd Estate and Tyrell Morgan, respectively, to squeak past the Eagles 72-69 on Jan. 3.

Quemado then had to turn right around and welcome the undefeated Mag boys to town just 24 hours later; the Steers left with a 69-47 win over their rivals to the east.

The Eagles dropped to 7-5 on the season and they’ll hit the road to play 3-5 Pine Hill on Jan. 10.

The Quemado girls were coming off a 69-41 loss to Ramah on Jan. 3, but they bounced back to get by Alamo Navajo 38-37 on Jan. 5. The Lady Eagles improved to 5-5 on the season with the win, while Alamo dropped to 1-4.

Quemado plays Cliff on the road in the Cowgirl Invitational at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 10, while the next opponent on the Cougars’ schedule is Menaul on Jan. 19. That game will tip off in Albuquerque at 12:30 p.m.

The Socorro swim team travels to Santa Fe for a meet this Saturday at 9 a.m., and then to Artesia on Jan. 19.