Steers, Lady Steers score trophies

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The Magdalena Steers took the Steers Stampede championship with a 84 – 35 win over the Hatch Valley Bears on Dec. 7.

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Lady Steers Jayden Stephens looks for the pass, as she and Lanique Apachito work the play against an aggressive Carrizozo Grizzlies defense. The Lady Steers won by 29 points at 60 - 31 in the second round of the Steers Stampede tournament.

The Lady Steers won their own trophy, also in a final tournament match-up with Hatch Valley and a final score of 43 – 38.

The Steers displayed their prowess right up front in their first game of the tournament on Thursday against Carrizozo. The Steers pulled ahead in the first quarter, and held an eight to 12-point lead throughout the game, with a final score of 71 – 53.

The Steers didn’t play again until Friday evening, when they faced a tough match with the Hot Springs Tigers, which they won handily with a score of 70 to 36. The Tigers had come out strong on Friday, but were no match for the Steers. The first quarter ended with the Steers ahead 20 – 8. The Tigers put up a good fight, with several “wrestling matches” on the court for a loose ball, and failed steal attempts, but the Steers held a strong lead and kept up their game throughout. Fouls were relatively low, with only one Steer and two Tigers fouling out in this heated game.

The Lady Steers played a closer game on Saturday, with a tie game at halftime, 36 – 36. The Ladies took the lead early in the second half and held onto it.

The Ladies played the Zuni Thunderbirds on day one of the tournament, for a 54 – 43 win, and then faced the Carrizozo Grizzlies on Friday. Friday’s game was a blow-out, with a 34 -13 lead at halftime. Still, Coach Wally Sanchez drew a technical foul for unsportsmanlike conduct early in the second half. The referrees had warned the coach about his behavior earlier in the game.

The Steers Stampede hosted the Carrizozo Grizzlies, Hot Springs Tigers, Alamo Navajo Cougars, Hatch Valley Bears, Mountainair Mustangs, Estancia Bears and Reserve Mountaineers in the boys division. The Estancia Bears scratched their second game on Friday, due to transportation issues. Magdalena Steers won the championship trophy, and Hatch Valley took home the second place trophy.

The girls division included the Zuni Thunderbirds, Alamo Navajo Cougars, Carrizozo Grizzlies, Mountainair Mustangs, Animas Panthers, Hatch Valley Bears and Reserve Mountaineers. The Lady Steers kept the championship trophy at home, and Hatch Valley took home the second place trophy.

The Lady Steers will travel to Moriarity on Thursday for the Alice King tournament, and the Steers will head south for the Tularosa Basin tournament.