Steers girls beat Warriors, lock up possible title showdown

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The Magdalena girls basketball team wrapped up its regular season on Tuesday by dispensing of To'hajiille on the road 82-39.

The win was the sixth straight for the Steers and put them in a position to play Jemez Valley in a playoff for the District 2-1A regular season title.

Against the Warriors on Feb. 19 Mag hopped out to a 32-8 first-quarter lead and kept the gas pedal down from there.

It was a complete game in almost every sense for head coach Wally Sanchez and his squad, and the momentum from this win will only bode well for it heading into the district tourney and likely the state tourney.

"It was one of the best quarters of basketball we played this season," Sanchez said of the game's first eight minutes.

"What this team is doing really well right now is executing; knowing when to run the offense. They're knowing when to take the shot, when to penetrate and when to pull it out and try again. That's what that first quarter was like. It's not like we were stealing the ball every possession. We were having to come down and make some good offensive decisions."

Magdalena improved to 17-5 and 9-1 in district play this season, and as well as they've played over the last three weeks, this team might still have plenty of room to improve.

"I'm pleased with their learning curve," Sanchez said of his young team. "I'm pleased with their attitude and realizing they can still be better. We've been off the radar and all of a sudden we're back on it because they've just gotten better."

And getting better is obviously more than key with a likely rubber match with Jemez Valley coming up that will decide the regular season league title.

"We're assuming that there's going to be a playoff game," Sanchez said. "Jemez is a real good team. If they don't we're assuming we're going to meet them down the road in the district tournament. So either way we're getting ready for them."