Quemado falls to Hondo in finals

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It was a battle of the birds last Friday, when the Quemado Eagles faced the number-one ranked Hondo Eagles in the Class B championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque.

Susann Mikkelson — for El Defensor Chieftain: Quemado’s Jace Vance, No. 11, makes a layup during the Class B championship game against the Hondo Eagles.

Quemado lost 41 – 58, almost solely due to Hondo’s prowess on three-point shots and Quemado’s inability to match them.

Quemado had 11 turnovers to Hondo’s 18. In the second half of the game, their field goal ratio was 29 percent to Hondo’s 17 percent. They played a good defense down court and in the key, but couldn’t stop Hondo’s No. 4 and No. 21 on outside shots. Hondo couldn’t seem to miss, with a 43 percent 3-point ratio in the first half, giving them a 20-point lead that would carry them through the second half.

Quemado’s two top shooters, No. 13 Darryn Lackey and No. 15 Matt Rodriguez, both fought the net the entire game, missing shots that were usually a given for them. This impacted their rebound ratio, as well, although they were only a total of 7 rebounds behind Hondo for the game.

Colt Peirson, No. 53, and Jace Vance, No. 11, stepped up to take the lead on points; Peirson with 12 and Vance with 9. All but three of Quemado’s 12 players had at least two points on the board for the game, showing the breadth of their talent.

Quemado out-scored and out-played their toughest district competitor, the Carrizozo Grizzlies in the semi-finals, winning 68 – 52, to reach the playoff game. They dominated on offense, including points. Rodriguez had high point with 16, and Lackey and Peirson followed with 12 points each. Their free throw ratio was 71 percent and field goal percentage was 44. They only made three of their 11 three-point goals in that game.