Thursday, December 10, 2009

Socorro girls finish third in Las Vegas tournament

By Nicky Romero
For the Mountain Mail

The Socorro girls basketball team opened its season with a third-place finish in the Brian Gallegos Tournament in Las Vegas Dec. 3-5.
The Lady Warriors opened the season with a 56-34 win against the Valencia JV. Roxanne Silva led the way with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals and Jaden Jones added six points.
“This was the game we started strong and ended strong but the middle two quarters we didn’t play that well,” Socorro coach Joseph Garcia said.
On the next day, Socorro fell to second-ranked West Las Vegas 45-31. Silva got in early foul trouble and Socorro trailed 10-0 in the first quarter and 20-12 at halftime.
“It was a really good last three quarters but we only scored 31 points. We shot 31 percent and we had 29 turnovers.”
Despite sitting out the first quarter, Silva finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Jomes added six.
Socorro finished the tournament falling to Valencia 37-32. The Lady Warriors led 23-16 at halftime but Valencia outscored them 23-9 in the second half. Silva had 14 points and Jones added 10 points and nine rebounds.
“We also had a couple of girls missing from this tournament, which really hurt us,” Garcia said. “It just gave the other girls an opportunity to step up and play. The effort was there. We just had a hard time hitting shots./”
The Lady Warrios will travel to Belen on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.
“Belen is ranked sixth in the preseason poll in 4A. They pretty talented,” Garcia said. “They made it to state last year in 4A. They will press and fast break like crazy. Hopefully, we will be at full strength this week and continue to improve.”
Senior Erik Garcia contributed 18 points.
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