Lady Warriors wrap up regular season

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The Lady Warriors basketball team finished off District 3-3A play on Friday night with a 56-32 win over the Silver Colts.

Socorro’s Bryahna Baca goes up over Silver’s Tracey Lackey for two of her 17 points against the Colts last Friday. The Lady Warriors wrapped up district play undefeated with a 56-32 win.

The victory moved Socorro to 14-12 on the season, but more importantly they ended up a perfect 4-0 in league play, and they did so on senior night.

All five of the Lady Warriors’ seniors performed well during their last regular-season game on their home court, and on such an emotional evening they all handled the pressure like the mature, experienced bunch they are.

“I thought they did really good,” Socorro head coach Marleen Greenwood said.

“That can be a real emotional night. They can get caught up in the emotions too much and really struggle. I thought they all handled the situation real well.”

Bryahna Baca led her team with 17 points, Ashton Monette scored 14 and Amanda Saenz had 12. Theresa Chavez threw in six points and Dez Armijo, fresh off of setting a school record with 12 steals at Hot Springs earlier in the week, contributed four points.

“Baca and Monette probably had their best games they’ve had the entire season that night,” Greenwood said. “They both played really good defense, too.”

Baca recorded five steals, Monette had four.

Although Socorro was definitely the favorite heading into the game with the Colts, now 2-21 on the season, Silver did all it could to keep it close early.

The Lady Warriors jumped out to a 20-11 lead by the end of the first quarter, but the Colts went on a quick scoring spurt to pull within 21-15 with five minutes left in the second.

At halftime, Socorro led 28-19, and that’s about as close as the visiting team would come all evening.

Photos by Jonathan Miller/El Defensor Chieftain: Dez Armijo attempts to shoot while sandwiched in between Silver’s Anna Jacquez, right, and Jazzmine Benavidez. Socorro finished District 3-3A play undefeated with a 56-32 victory.

The Lady Warriors scored the first nine points of the second half, ignited by a Monette baseline 3-pointer, and after three quarters Socorro had built a 42-24 lead.

The ladies outscored the Colts 14-8 in the final quarter en route to the 24-point win as well as a regular-season district banner.

Obviously there’s still work left for this team, and regardless of who it hosts in the District 3-3A tourney on Saturday, Greenwood and her veteran team will be ready. With such maturity on the court, there’s no such thing as overlooking an opponent. It will be business as usual for the Lady Warriors this week in practice.

“We’re in a routine right now,” Greenwood said. “We’ll do a lot of competition and simulate some game situations. It could be their age and maturity, but I think they’re focused on one game at a time.”

Tip-off at Socorro High School is set for 2 p.m. Saturday.