Lady Warriors still lack their rhythm

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The Lady Warriors struggled from the start in Tuesday night’s game against the Hatch Valley Bears, resulting in a 44 – 60 loss for the Ladies.

“We just haven’t found a rhythm as a team yet,” Coach Marleen Greenwood said.

The team, and individual players in particular, showed some signs of improvement in some areas. There were more defenders under the net for rebounds in the first quarter, and at the tail end of the game. It was what happened between those periods that hurt them defensively. The team seems to be improving on their shots too, although still has a long way to go.

The Ladies team doesn’t yet seem to have a cohesion for playing together. They are running their plays, but not communicating much. Their passing is extremely weak, so opposing teams can easily steal the ball. They still need to be much more aggressive going for the net, and backing their shooters up by going for the rebounds, and taking the ball back up for another shot. They seem to represent a team of strangers coming together for the first time. Most notably, they seem to wear out after the first quarter. They aren’t conditioned for a four-quarter game.

Makayla Jacobs, no. 32, was the most aggressive shooter and rebounder of the game, scoring 10 points for the game. She most consistently went after the ball, and wasn’t afraid to shoot. She was on with her free throw shots.

Madeline Chavez, no. 24, also scored 10 points. Chavez came alive in the fourth quarter, with shot attempts, ball steals and general drive heating up. If that momentum had hit earlier in the the game, it might have turned the score around.

The Lady Warriors junior varsity team played a tough game against Hatch Valley, leading the score by five to 10 points for most of the game. The Bears first 15 points were all scored at the free throw line. The Bears came back in the fourth quarter, gaining 10 points in 2 minutes and taking the lead. The Lady Warriors tried to keep their pace, but lost to foul shots in the end, for a final score of 30 – 33.

The Lady Warriors travel to Pojoaque on Thursday for the Ben Lujan Tournament this weekend.