Lady Steers fight to the end

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The Magdalena Lady Steers fought to the end in Tuesday night’s quarterfinals game against the Logan Longhorns, but couldn’t pull out the win, losing 58 – 63 on the court at Bernalillo High School.

Susann Mikkelson — for El Defensor Chieftain: Magdalena Lady Steers' Shia Mexicano, No. 24, fights off two defenders on her drive down court in Tuesday night's quarter-finals game against the Logan Longhorns in Bernalillo.

A record 88 fouls called made for a long game. Their nerves showing the entire first half, the Lady Steers were off on their shots until the third quarter, when they began to warm up to the basket.

They ended the game with three 3-point baskets, which helped close the gap on the scoreboard to three-point game twice in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t quite enough to pull ahead.

Susann Mikkelson — for El Defensor Chieftain: Ashley Tafoya, No. 21, turns a drive into a jump shot in a fast and rough game on the court on Tuesday night. The fourth-seeded Magdalena Lady Steers lost 58 - 63 to the fifth-seeded Logan Longhorns in the New Mexico state basketball quarterfinals in Bernalillo.

“I can not be more proud of this team,” Coach Wally Sanchez said. “They never quit!”

The Longhorns outsized the Lady Steers, and couldn’t seem to miss a shot in the first three quarters of the game.

“Their guards were taller and bigger than our posts,” said Coach Sanchez.

The Lady Steers will lose six of their teammates to graduation this spring: Kadie Kiehne, No. 00; Danielle Gordon, No. 15; Ashley Tafoya, No. 21; Shia Mexicano, No. 24; Octavia Herrera, No. 35; and Tristen Dunlap, No. 40.

The team will still retain a good deal of talent for next season, with a few of the team’s starters coming up.

Ashley Tafoya (a first for the season) and Breann Baca tied for the most points with 14 each.