Mountaineers win nail-biting game against Cougars

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The Reserve Lady Mountaineers and Alamo Navajo Cougars gave a crowd-pleasing performance on Dec. 7 during the Steers Stampede tournament in Madgalena, with a a final score of 52 – 46 Reserve, in overtime.

This was a 2-point game from the start of the first quarter until the last two minutes of the fourth, when the Mountaineers scored for a tie, taking the game into overtime. The scoreboard was alive with each home and away teams scoring alternate goals on each end of the court, and spectators watching on the edge of their seats. The Lady Mountaineers made a couple of errors that could have resulted in a loss, but would regain their composure and brought the game right back in their favor. Fouls abounded, taking each team to the free throw line numerous times. In the end, fouls lost the game for the Cougars.

The Mountaineers scored the final goal in regular play, tying the game and taking it into a 4-minute overtime. The Cougars acquired a foul in the process of the goal, fouling out one of their starters. They lost a second starter in the first two minutes of overtime, leaving the team with only three players on the court. The five on three matchup gave the Mountaineers the advantage they needed to pull ahead by six points, with a final score of 52 -46.

Reserve goes to Albuquerque on Dec. 12 for the Menaul School tournament Thursday through Saturday.

Alamo Navajo hosts Tse Yai Gai at 4 p.m. on Dec. 13 then travels to Pine Hill on Dec. 14.