Lady Eagles’ playing with ‘greased hands’

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Quemado’s Lady Eagles have kicked off their basketball season on a losing streak, opposite that of their male counterparts.

Susann Mikkelson/ El Defensor Chieftain: Autumn Nozie, no 5, pushes the ball out to her teammate on the rebound during the during the Quemado Lady Eagles’ second game of the season against Evangel Christian Academy in Albuquerque. They went on to play Pine Hill on Nov. 26.

The Lady Eagles started with a traumatic loss of 13-59 to the Ramah Mustangs on Nov. 22 at home, and followed up with a Nov. 23 loss to the Evangel Christian Academy Eagles in Albuquerque, 26-61, improving slightly on offense. The Lady Eagles played Pine Hill at home on Tuesday night, but results of that game have not been reported.

The ladies’ skill and effort has shown signs of improvement with each game, said Quemado athletic director David Lackey.

On Saturday, they struggled with some of the basic fundamentals of the game — catching and holding onto the ball. The Evangel Eagles came out aggressive, scoring on a drive right away, and continued that level of play throughout the game. The Quemado ladies, on the other hand, had turnovers too numerous to count, namely losing the ball to steals from the Evangel Eagles that led to goals a couple dozen times.

The Quemado ladies have good form, seem to work their plays and had some good shots in Saturday’s game. They were simply not aggressive in rebounding and taking shots, and often couldn’t hold onto the ball long enough to reach the goal. Their defense seemed too short on drive in the first half, allowing too many layups and open shots from their opponents. They played a slightly more aggressive defense in the second half, but too little too late.

The Lady Eagles played Pine Hill at home on Tuesday night; no score or stats have been reported for that game. They will take the holiday and the following week off before they travel to Desert Academy in Albuquerque for a tournament Dec. 5-7.