Lady Steers win scrapper against Hot Springs

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The Lady Steers played in a rough and tumble game against the Hot Springs Tigers on Tuesday evening in Truth or Consequences. The Lady Steers won the game, 51 – 28, with almost half of those points scored at the free throw line.

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Abigail Bullock, No. 10, fights for the ball during the Lady Steers contentious game against the Hot Springs Tigers on Tuesday evening. The Steers pulled ahead early, kept their pace and won the game handily, 51 - 28.

Hot Springs got the jump to start the game, but no one scored any points for the first two minutes of the game. At that point there were already a handful of fouls on the board. The Tigers’ coach was chatty, talking non-stop to the team as they attempted to focus on their game.

The Lady Warriors bumped up the score, playing good, consistent ball. Their defense held the Tigers to 7 points until 9 seconds before the end of the second quarter, when Hot Springs scored a 3-pointer, to end the half 22 – 10.

The second half saw Hot Springs a little more organized, and the coach a little more quiet. They closed the gap some on the scoreboard, but still ended the third with a 10-point spread.

The Lady Steers lost a little momentum in the fourth quarter, losing the ball on three consecutive drives down the court, with bad passes at the goal. The team was playing their second string, who still held up well against the Tigers, ending the game with a 23 point spread.

Breann Baca was the high point scorer with 14 points, followed by Jaydin Stephens with 8. Twenty-three of the teams 51 points were from free throws.

The Lady Steers and the Steers next approach Tohajiilee on Jan. 31 starting at 4 p.m.