Steers girls notch two more league wins on the hardcourt

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The Steers girls basketball team is on a three-game win streak of their own as they beat Desert Academy 69-4 on Friday at home, then followed up that victory with a 64-31 road win at Mountainair on Saturday.

Both victories came in District 2-1A play, and now Magdalena is 14-5 on the season and 6-1 on league play.

Breann Baca scored 16 for Mag, Keshia Chavez scored 15 and Nicah Montoya added 13 against Mountainair.

“I’m real proud of this group. We were in foul trouble from the first quarter,” head coach Wally Sanchez said. “We just had some other people on the team step up. We had a different group in there step up.”

The two dominating wins set the Steers up for a pivotal league contest at home with 20-2 Jemez Valley on Feb. 16.

“We just need to keep getting better, and we are,” Sanchez said.

Against Desert Academy on Friday, Magdalena hopped out to a 34-2 lead at halftime and somehow held the Wildcats to just four total points. The Steers beat Desert Academy 55-10 on the road on Jan. 18.

It might seem like Sanchez and his squad refuse to call the dogs off, but running up the score isn’t intentional. Preparing for the next opponent and improving are key, especially with the Jemez Valley rematch on the horizon.

“We try to be honest,” Sanchez said after defeating Mountainair. “We just try to work against different people and try to score.”

After the Jemez Valley game on Saturday, if they win, the Steers will be in prime position to take district at To’hajiilee on Feb. 19.

But first thing is first. The Warriors’ only two losses this season have come against Class 2A opponents, and they’re on a 16-game win-streak.

“We’re just trying to get better every day. They are getting better and they’re getting some basketball smarts,” Sanchez said of his team. “We’re always looking to pass before we shoot. They picked up on that because it’s a fun way to play. We’ve still got long ways to go.”

Tipoff with Jemez Valley is scheduled for 1 p.m. this Saturday, then the Steers end their regular season on the road at To’hajiilee on Feb. 19.