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The Alamo Navajo Cougars lit up the home court Saturday afternoon against the Menaul Panthers, after watching the Lady Cougars devour the Lady Panthers 61 – 4.

The Cougars lost the jump and allowed Menaul to get on the board first with a jump shot that reaped two points, but the Cougars quickly followed up with two points of their own. Alamo Navajo took the lead with a second basket, but Menaul quickly responded, and the game was on.

Susann Mikkelson — for El Defensor Chieftain: Deanae Monte, No. 3, lays the ball up for two points during a blowout game against the first-year Menaul Panthers ladies team. The Lady Cougars won the game 61 - 04, playing mostly the second string throughout both halves.

Menaul struck the first foul that led the Cougars to the free throw line, where they only hit one of their two shots. Alamo returned the favor with two fouls, and Menaul pulled ahead by three.

Menaul was consistent in getting past the Cougar defense on their drive, and consistently made their layups. Alamo was missing shots in the first quarter, but stayed in the game by nailing a few three-pointers and free throws.

At half-time, the scores were tied at 35.

Alamo’s No. 20, Marcus Pino, Jr. ,kept the Cougars in the game with three-pointers, and both teams got plenty of time at the free throw line.

The Menaul Panthers outlasted the Cougars in the end, taking the win by 5 points. Pino was high scorer, matching his jersey number with 20 points; No.14 Kevin Guerro was close behind with 18 points.

The Lady Cougars played a good game on Saturday, but they were facing the Menaul Lady Panthers – a team that is still new to the fundamentals of the game and has not had as many opportunities to hone their skills.

The highlight of the Lady Cougars’ play was their steals, passing and teamwork, hitting more of their shots than earlier in the season and rebounding aggressively.

They beat the Panthers 61 – 4.

The Alamo Navajo Cougars and Lady Cougars headed into a tough line-up early this week, with back-to-back games, traveling to Mountainair on Monday night and hosting Magdalena Tuesday night at home. See the Scoreboard for complete results. They host Tohajiilee at home at 1 p.m. Feb. 15.