Warriors take victory in overtime

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Socorro Warriors had spectators on the edge of their seats, or on their feet during a tight game on Jan. 23 when they scored a victory over the Ruidoso Warriors, winning 55 – 51 in overtime.

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: No. 32 Gabo Padilla makes the pass during the Socorro Warriors game against the Ruidoso Warriors on Jan. 23. Socorro pulled out a win in overtime, 55 - 51.

It was a true team effort on Thursday, when Socorro met Ruidoso at home. Everyone started out on the mark with their shots; passes were crisp, and they communicated.

Socorro got the jump and were on the scoreboard right away with a 3-pointer by Matthew Jojola.

Ruidoso missed their chance to respond, opening up another chance for Socorro and another 3-pointer, for a 6 – 0 lead in the first minute of the game.

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Lady Warrior Shania Berger, No. 20, goes up for a lay-up during a heated game against the Estancia Bears on Friday. The Lady Warriors outscored the Bears 43 - 26 in a rough game.

This set the pace for the game, and Socorro held it. They were getting their rebounds and taking them right back up, no hesitation. They played ther game like a championship contender.

Ruidoso picked up their pace and closed the gap, even pulling ahead some in the second quarter. Socorro ended the first half down by five, and looked like they might lose steam in the third quarter. Ruidoso received a technical foul that helped Socorro regain their momentum.

It was anybody’s game with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, when Ruidoso made a costly error that may have cost them the game. They were ahead by 1 at one minute remaining. Fouls helped Socorro tie it up and take the game into overtime, after Ethan Smith missed a 3-point buzzer beater.

Ruidoso fouls and errors, combined with Socorro’s well-played game, helped them pull ahead and win by five points.

Jojola and Smith were high point scorers with 13 and 12 points respectively; Gabo Padilla was close behind with 10 points.

The Warriors junior varsity also played a good game against Ruidoso, but ended with at loss of 50 – 60.

The Lady Warriors had a great game against the Estancia Bears on Friday evening, winning 43 – 26.

The game started a little slow for the Lady Warriors when they missed the first shot off the jump. Estancia responded with a missed goal too, but stole the ball back and put the first two points on the board. The Ladies warmed up about 2 minutes into the game.

The Ladies gained momentum, tying the game 6 – 6 five minutes in, and ended the first quarter two points in the lead. The Lady Warriors played a strong game defensively, and nailed their shots. They had a few steals and held up against a rough defensive game from the Bears. The Ladies broadened the spread by six by halftime, and continued the momentum in the second half. Fouls helped them advance their lead in the second half, ending with a 17-point win.

Makayla Jacobs scored 18 points, and Shania Berger sunk 10.

The Socorro Warriors face Hot Springs next at home on Jan. 31 at home at 5 p.m. The Lady Warriors will travel to Hot Springs High School on the 31st, also starting at 5 p.m.