Coming off a tough 65-54 loss at Silver on Feb. 22, the Warriors basketball team managed to regroup and handle Hot Springs 87-59 during the first round of the District 3-3A tourney on Tuesday. Socorro improved to 10-16 on the season.
The Tigers had lost their previous two games to the Warriors by a combined 61 points, but they kept it close early. Socorro had just a 32-25 lead at halftime.
But the Warriors went on a tear in the third quarter and outscored Hot Springs 32-13 to open up an insurmountable lead and seal the victory.
It was Socorro’s third convincing win over the Tigers this season, and it has now won three of its last four games.
Having momentum this late in the season is definitely a plus for Lawrence Baca’s squad as they head to Silver this weekend to play the Colts for the league tournament title. Silver has beaten Socorro twice this season, but even with a loss the Warriors still have a shot at making the state tournament. They currently ranked 15th in Class 3A according to the MaxPreps algorithm, and the top 16 teams make the playoffs.
The Lady Warriors will play host to Hot Springs this afternoon at 2 p.m. to decide the District 3-3A tournament championship. The Tigers beat Silver, 60-46, on Tuesday to earn a trip to the final.
Socorro easily handled Hot Springs at home on Feb. 1, 59-21, but the Tigers gave the Lady Warriors all they could handle in Truth or Consequences in the rematch Feb. 19. Socorro eked out a dramatic last-second 52-51 win, so today’s game should be a dandy.
The Lady Warriors are currently ranked 13th in the MaxPreps standings.
The Quemado boys closed out the regular season with two tough losses to Reserve in District 4-B play this past week. The Mountaineers beat the Eagles 57-48 Feb. 23, then finished the sweep with a 62-56 win Feb. 28. Quemado is now 14-11 overall and 2-2 in league play. Their next opponent has yet to be determined.
The Eagle girls also dropped two straight to Reserve, 47-36, on Feb. 23 and 50-27 on Tuesday. The girls are now 6-19 on the season and still looking for that first league victory.
The Alamo Navajo boys finished their season against To’hajiilee on Feb. 26 with an 85-32 loss to the Warriors. The Cougars finished the season 1-26, but their roster boasted just three seniors and one junior, then seven freshmen and an eighth-grader. That young should definitely have next season to look forward to.
The Cougar girls are also done with their season after falling to To’hajiilee 68-47 on Feb. 25. The girls finish their season at 5-18 and 1-8 in District 2-1A. They will return 15 players from this year’s team in 2013-14.