Lady Warriors tame Tigers

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The Lady Warriors game against the Hot Springs Tigers started off a bit slow, after the team’s seniors were honored with a brief ceremony prior to the varsity game.

Socorro put the first two points on the scoreboard, about two minutes into play, with an outside shot by No. 24, Madeline Chavez.

Susann Mikkelson — for El Defensor Chieftain: Maria Alderete, No. 14, and Shania Berger, No. 20, put up a solid defensive game on Tuesday night against the Hot Springs Tigers.

 

Seniors Maria Alderete, No. 14, and Ashley Pyke, No. 42, followed suit with two points each, giving the Lady Warriors and early 6-point lead.

Hot Springs got on the board about a minute later.

The Lady Warriors played well both defensively and offensively, hitting a high percentage of their shots.

The tight defense on Hot Springs was attempting outside shots, but missing most of them. Socorro was a little slow on the rebounds at first.

Socorro’s defense held the Hot Springs Tigers to 7 points for the first half of the second quarter. The Tigers finally broke that with two free throw shots.

The Lady Warriors continued to push up the score in the third, but the Tigers held their own. The score waivered back and forth between 8 and 10 points, with the Tigers closing the gap to 4 points for a portion of the second quarter.

A couple of lazy passes by the Lady Warriors and some fouls allowed the Tigers to close the gap to a 4-point game with a minute ten left in the third quarter.

Hot Springs hit the game’s only three pointers, while Socorro continued to nail their inside shots and push the score up.

The Tigers game got rough in the fourth quarter, and both teams spent close to two minutes traveling back and forth between free throw lines, most spent on Socorro’s, allowing them to broaden the spread again. The game ended 51 – 39, in the Lady Warriors’ favor.

Maria Alderete scored 16 points for the game. The remainder of the score was spread out among a number of teammates — with Chavez, Jacobs and Pyke each scoring 8 points toward the final score.