Lady Cougars squeek out win

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Alamo
The Lady Cougars won in a tight game against the Quemado Lady Eagles on Jan. 11, mostly with free throws in the final seconds of the game, for a final score of 47 – 45.

Alamo Navajo got the jump, but didn’t get the shot before the ball was returned to the Lady Eagles.

Quemado took the lead early, but lost it toward the end of the first quarter, thanks in part to several free throw opportunities.

The game contained a lot of “human bowling,” with both teams scrambling around on the floor for the ball throughout the game,

Both teams were aggressive defensively. Quemado lost their shooting ratio in the second half, but remained strong defensively, rebounding and taking the ball back up over and over, with some success. Alamo Navajo missed a buzzer-beater to end the third quarter up by six, but then Quemado closed the gap again at the five-minute mark in the fourth, for 43 all. The Eagles tightened their defense even more, but resulted in more fouls and led the Lady Cougars to the free throw line, ultimately costing the Lady Eagles the game.

Lady Cougars’ Lukita Apachito, No. 21, held the high score mark with 11 points for Alamo Navajo, with No. 12 Shaniah Secatero right behind her with 10 points. Lady Eagles Marissa Cohoe, No. 20, led Quemado’s scoring with 17 points, and Caitlynn Atwood, No. 4, had second highest, with 10 points.

The Lady Cougars followed up with a trip to Menaul School on Tuesday. The Lady Cougars varsity team plays Desert Academy on Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. at Alamo.

The Quemado Lady Eagles travel to Reserve today for the Mountaineer Invitational Tournament this weekend.