Lady Warriors ground Lady Hawks

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Socorro’s Lady Warriors hit a two-game winning streak to kick off the new year, with a win on Jan. 4 against Laguna Acoma Lady Hawks 52 – 48 in a nail-biter roundball game.

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain Reporter: Socorro Lady Warriors No. 32 Makayla Jacobs takes the shot in Monday night’s game against the Laguna Acoma Lady Hawks.

Lady Warriors’ No. 44 Aracely Alderete opened the game with a 3-point goal in the first 10 seconds. That was followed up with a steal and successful layup by No. 14 Maria Alderete, to start the game with a five-point lead.

The Ladies held the five-point lead, ending the first quarter 18 – 12, but the Laguna Acoma Lady Hawks closed the gap to three, for a score of 27 – 24 at halftime.

Fouls and turnovers cost the Lady Warriors in the second half, keeping fans on the edge of their seats, as the spread fluctuated up and down from 2 points to 10. In the end, perseverance and improved skill secured the win.

“The girls put together back-to-back games where they came together and each did their part to secure a victory,” Coach Marleen Greenwood said.

Monday’s game was not necessarily the girls’ best played game, with several turnovers and a low shot percentage. They were sluggish on rebounds in the first half of the game.

The Ladies played a tighter game on Saturday, when they faced Ruidoso on their home court, beating the Ruidoso Warriors 47 – 42. Socorro’s Alderete sisters, No. 14 Maria and No. 44 Aracely, were a dynamic duo the second half of Saturday’s game, running passes downcourt to the basket under full-court press from Ruidoso for a number of successful layups.

The Ladies game is picking up, with much less sign of fatigue until the end of the game. Turnovers are down, passes are sharper and team play is up. The Ladies’ momentum hurt them some in Monday night’s game, when a few drives downcourt resulted in turnovers instead of goals.

Makayla Jacobs, No. 32, showed determination and skill in rebounds and putting the ball back up for successful shots during both games.

“I’m very proud of these girls,” Coach Greenwood said. “It would have been easy, when we started the season out with tough losses, to check it in. But they believed in my guidance and in their abilities and they have improved immensely. Also, hats off to the parents of these young ladies for instilling in them the strength and desire to persevere!”

The Lady Warriors junior varsity team also has a two-game winning streak, beating Ruidoso 46 – 37 on Jan. 4, and taking Laguna Acoma 37 – 21 Monday night.

The Lady Warriors travel to Albuquerque for the Sun Devil Invitational Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 9 through 11.