Quemado Eagles Homecoming victory won with a little luck


Lady Eagles game doesn’t fly


Homecoming 2014 court Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain Quemado High School’s 2014 Homecoming Court, left to right, are Tifani Duffy and Kenyon Harriet, freshmen candidates; Clavita Martinez, sophomore princess candidate; Ralf Lesuer and Kate Eberle, junior candidates; Matthew Rodriguez and Sarah Nowell, senior candidates; Jatheen Jake, senior queen candidate; Bristol Fitch, sophomore prince candidate; Danny Yazzie, senior king candidate; front row, attendants Kenneth Metevier and Nekisha Garcia. Senior candidates Matthew Rodriguez and Sarah Nowell were named 2014 Homecoming King and Queen, and junior candidates Ralf Lesuer and Kate Eberle were named 2014 Homecoming Prince and Princess.

The Quemado Eagles soared over Evangel Christian Academy (also the Eagles) when they met them for the first time in November, on Evangel’s home court. The story was different last Saturday, when Quemado hosted the other Eagles for their Homecoming game. The Eagles eeked out a victory, 58 -53, mostly won in the last few minutes of the game and as a result of some Evangel errors that allowed Quemado some free throws and other points.

Quemado came out strong early in the season, exhibiting signs of a state contender. They seem to have lost some of their steam in the last month, after returning from the winter break. Saturday’s homecoming game was an example. The boys shot percentage has declined, and their error ratio has increased. They had trouble holding onto the ball on Saturday.

“I’m glad homecoming is over,” Coach David Lackey said. “Maybe now we can get back to playing ball.”

Lackey was clearly frustrated with the boys’ game, even though it was a win. The game could have gone either way from the beginning.

Evangel Christian got the jump, but didn’t put any points on the board in the first play. Quemado came back and responded with two points, drawing the foul. Still, the team didn’t look like themselves, tossing the ball away, missing shots and free throws, fouling and playing at the level of their opponents.

The game sped up a bit middle of the first quarter, which also led to increased foul trouble. The game kept the pace throughout the second half, but mistakes also continued. The referees had both teams’ coaches fired up throughout the game, adding to the tension.

It got interesting in the last quarter. Quemado started out ahead by 3, but lost one of their star shooters, No. 13, Darryn Lackey, to foul trouble. Evangel scored, making it a one-point game, with three and half minutes remaining.

Quemado lost the ball on the shot, but Evangel also turned it over and gave it back to Quemado – no points scored. The game was back and forth for a minute. Quemado got it back and Rodriguez drove to the basket, drawing the foul and making his shots, giving the Quemado Eagles a 3 point lead again, with two minutes left in the game. Evangel promptly closed the spread to one point, again.

The game turned when Evangel fouled one of their stars out, and put in a substitute that was not on the official books, drawing a technical foul. Rodriguez made all four shots – the two for his foul and the technical shots, giving Quemado a five-point lead to win the game.

Stefan Beauchamp, No. 40, held the game with both shots and rebounds, ending as the high point shooter, with 20 poits. Matthew Rodriguez was the next high point shooter, eight points behind at 12.

The Lady Eagles had a better shot percentage in their game against Evangel Christian, but continue to struggle with some of the fundamentals and can’t hold onto the ball. They lost their game 29 -57

The Quemado Eagles held a parade of carts — a parade of shopping carts decorated by middle and high school classes — and the coronation ceremony immediately following the boys game.

Quemado Eagles and Lady Eagles face the Cliff Cowboys/Cowgirls on Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. in Cliff.