Two teams on an early season roll faced off on January 4. At 8-1, the Lady Warriors traveled to Bernalillo for a showdown against the Lady Spartans. Bernalillo ran away with it for a big 64-24 win.
“It was tight there in the first half,” Bernalillo Head Coach Raymond Aragon said. “Socorro has a lot of guards that can hit shots from what we saw earlier in the film room and luckily for us they weren’t hitting those same shots around the perimeter in the second half which helped us pull away. Our half court trap forced them to play man and our girls were simply better in this particular game.”
The Lady Warriors J.V. had a nice showing before the varsity crew hit the court, winning 54-41. Afterwards Head Coach Lawrence Baca lead out the starters to work on shoot around drills as fans poured in. Coach “Tim”, as the players call him, was running drills around the perimeter to make sure the team was warmed up.
After the opening tip the Lady Spartans drew first blood with senior Cheyenne Maes hitting an easy two in the lane. Socorro countered that on its next possession with a big three by Elysia “Lece” Gutierrez knocking down a shot. From there the Lady Spartans caught fire. “Lece” was not happy with her performance.
“This was one of our bad games,” Gutierrez said after the game. “I know myself and I can speak for my team that we have to pick up our attitudes in order to win games. No doubt we are better than this. We take this game as a learning experience.”
The Lady Warriors kept it close when the first quarter ended 13-11. It was not sustainable. Senior guard Deysha Townsend did hit a big three at the buzzer to cut it to a ten point lead going into the half. From there the game morphed into the Lady Warriors fighting to keep it respectable, which they did, as the Lady Spartans began to run away with things.
“Our communication was not there,” Senior Kaylena Ganadonegro said. “We have to find a way to work together better, especially after a loss like this. Myself I need to work on boxing out better to help our team. It is definitely disappointing losing this way.”
“The team we faced was better than us today,” Senior Savannah Chewiwi added. “They passed the ball very well and we had a hard time defending that. Plus their buckets were going in and ours were not.”
As the score began to become clearly one-sided fans began to leave the stands. Lady Warriors Head Coach Lawrence Baca had a long talk with the players in the locker room before hitting the road back home.
“We did not come ready to play today,” he said. “There are absolutely no excuses to be made. The girls didn’t want it and you can also put plenty of the blame on the coaches because we are a team. Bernalillo is a very good ball club. Their record speaks for itself. We have to work on a lot of things and get better in every aspect. We are a lot better team than what we showed out here today. So we have to move on and grow from it.”
As of press time, the Lady Warriors remain at the top of the District 3-3A standings at 8-2 with Hatch Valley just a half game back. Its next challenge will be during the 2nd Annual M Mountain Invite which will begin January 9. The team is currently projected as the 5th seed in statewide 3A playoff projections with Navajo Prep currently leading the way at 9-1.