Lady Steers championship game

Hanah Castanon looks for a better shot for the team instead of settling for a three-point shot.

The Magdalena Lady Steers went into its championship matchup with a lot of confidence and swagger against Pine Hill, capturing its own tournament trophy with a 49-34 win.

Shondiin Billy put the Steers on the scoreboard early with a juke move layup. Solid defense lead to several transition opportunities that Magdalena was unable to capitalize on in transition. Mental mistakes added up on the offensive side of the ball with the girls holding on for dear life to end the first quarter with an 8-5 first quarter lead.

With Pine Hill still battling, Kourtney Lewis hit two big back to back three’s which opened things up. Nicole Bilbo continued to attack the net and started to find easy buckets. The Steers went into the locker room in control up 23-14 at the half.

The turning point of the game happened on four consecutive possessions. Billy had a nice finger roll layup. Lewis then had a perfectly timed steal on defense, scored in transition and took a tough charge near the basket to get the ball back once again. At this point the Steers were off to the races.

Up 49-30 with two minutes left, head coach Boyd Lewis pulled his starters out of the game.

“I feel great after a win like this,” Lewis said. “I knew coming into it the girls had the potential to win and that was of course our goal. We knew a three day tournament was going to be a grind and it would come down to who came out with the most intensity and which team wanted it more. I told the girls afterwards this is a building block moment that we can learn and grow from as the season goes on.”

The Steers head to Mountainair tonight to take on the Mustangs. Its final home game in 2018 will be Dec. 15 against the Cliff Cowgirls.