Magdalena takes districts; hosts first rounds – Steers rock a sold-out crowd with District win Saturday night

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The Magdalena Steers played to a sold-out crowd last Saturday night for the 1A District 2 championship game, and didn’t disappoint, beating To’hajiilee 72 – 56 and securing the district trophy.

Susann Mikkelson — for El Defensor Chieftain: Magdalena’s No. 23, Jb Britton, takes the shot from under the basket during the Steers 1A District 2 championship game against To’hajiilee last Saturday, in Magdalena.

To’hajiilee got the jump to start the game, but didn’t score on the first posession, setting the stage for a competitive game.

This was especially true in the first quarter. Magdalena was the first to put points on the scoreboard, but To’hajiilee responded with two and drew a foul that gained them another point, giving them a 2 – 3 lead over the Steers.

One of the Steers’ leading scorers, No. 2, Tyler Julian, was cold on his lay-ups in the first quarter, but No. 10, Michael Chambers, took up the slack, nailing three 3-pointers that helped the Steers end the first quarter in the lead 16 – 12.

The electricity of the crowd created a challenge for the referrees, the coaches and the teammates in communicating with one another, but the Steers kept their communications up.

To’hajiilee’s bench received a technical foul in the second quarter, due to comments by the coach. The Steers then pulled ahead by 10 points, and though the spread flucuated throughout the game, the Steers held the lead for the remainder of the game.

To’hajiilee came out strong in the third quarter, but had benched one of their star players, No. 25, for foul trouble.

Overall, the game was a crowd-pleaser, no matter which team was yours.

Attendance may have been a record for Magdalena. It was standing room only, with spectators from as far away as Mountainair in the gym to cheer on one team of the other.

Magdalena next hosts Shiprock Northwest at 4 p.m. March 8 for the first round of Class 1A finals.