Magdalena takes districts; hosts first rounds – Lady Steers seeded fourth against thirteenth seeded Fort Sumner

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The Lady Steers battled it out in a rough game against Jemez Valley for the 1A District 2 championship game on Feb. 28, hosted by Magdalena, and won 58 – 39.

Susann Mikkelson — for El Defensor Chieftain: Lady Steers No 23, Breann Baca, concentrates on controling the ball under the basket during the Lady Steeers district championship game last Friday night at home. The Ladies beat the Jemez Valley Lady Warriors 58 - 39, and secured fourth seed in Class 1A going into state championships.

The win came in spite of a stealthy defense from Jemez Valley who delivered a number of steals, but struggled to make their shots.

The Lady Steers pulled ahead early in the game, and held their lead, ending the first half 35 – 14.

Jemez Valley came out aggressively in the second half, drawing some fouls and allowing the Lady Steers to show their prowess on offense and broaden their lead. The Lady Steers played a strong defensive game too, holding the Lady Warriors to 14 points until the last 20 seconds of the third quarter. Jemez stole the the ball and made a layup to end the quarter 48 -16.

Coach Wally Sanchez rotated in his second and third string heavily in the fourth quarter, giving the entire team court time.

The non-starters had some turnovers, and allowed the Lady Warriors to make it to the basket a little more and close the gap on the scoreboard. Still, they played a good game, and gained some valuable experience.

The points were distributed among the team, with no one “champion.” Jaydin Stephens, No. 13, scored 13 points, Breann Baca, No. 23 and Kadie Kiehne, No. 00, were second high scorers with 9 points each.

The Lady Warriors played a rough game, but the Jemez Valley spectators were expressly disappointed in the referees for the game. One spectator was removed from the gym in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Steers move on to the first round of state finals, hosting Fort Sumner at 6 p.m. March 7 at home.