Sports briefs

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Recently in Socorro County sports …

The Magdalena girls basketball team dropped a heartbreaking district contest Jan. 26 at Jemez Valley, 57-56.
The Lady Steers had a couple of opportunities to top the 15-2 Warriors in the final seconds, but came up just shy.
A last second loss on the road to the current district frontrunner doesn’t mean it’s time to go into to panic mode for head coach Wally Sanchez and his squad, though. It sits just one game behind Jemez Valley in District 2-1A play at 3-1, and it gets the rematch with the Warriors at home on Feb. 16.
Next up for Mag is 3-7 To’hajiilee on Feb. 1 at home. The Warriors are 1-1 in district play.
The Lady Warriors junior varsity team beat Quemado’s varsity team at home Jan. 26, 51-44. Socorro used a 19-10 second-quarter scoring run to take a 28-22 halftime lead over the Eagles, then held on for the victory.
Quemado is now 6-11 on the season. It opens up District 4-B play Feb. 14 at 7-12 Carizozo.
The Quemado boys improved to 11-6 this season when they beat Animas on Jan. 25, 63-42. The Eagles turn around and play the 4-10 Panthers again on the road on Feb. 1.
Quemado then faces a tough road challenge at the No. 1ranked team in Class 1A when it pays a visit to Cliff Feb. 2.
The Warriors boys, coming off a big win at Wingate Jan. 22, will begin District 3-3A play at Hot Springs on Feb. 1. The Tigers are currently 3-14 and dropped their district opener at Silver on Jan. 25.
The Lady Warriors have another tough stretch on the horizon as they’ll play four games in eight days beginning Feb. 1.
Socorro plays host to Hot Springs on Friday evening in their district opener, plays Cobre at home Feb. 2, hosts a rematch with Ruidoso on Feb. 5 then travels to Silver City for a district game with the Colts on Feb. 8.
The combined record of Socorro’s league opponents so far this season is 10-28.