Thursday, January 21, 2010

Lady Warriors’ Win Streak Snapped At 10

By Nicky Romero
For the Mountain Mail

SOCORRO - The third-ranked Socorro Lady Warriors (12-5) split four basketball games last week. The loss to Santa Fe Indian School on Friday ended Socorro’s 10-game winning streak.
On Jan. 12, Socorro won at Ruidoso 50-41, leading 18-7 after one quarter and 28-19 at the half.
Ruidoso cut into the Socorro lead, trailing 44-41 in the fourth quarter. But the Lady Warriors hung on, led by Roxanne Silva, who had 10 of her game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter.
Socorro then traveled to Albuquerque to play in the Hope Christian Tournament.
Socorro opened play by thrashing No. 5 Class 2A Mora 79-48.
“We shot well, hit 55 percent from the field and 80 percent for free throws,” Socorro coach Joseph Garcia said.
Silva led the Warriors with 44 points. Kianna Gonzales added 12, Jaden Jones chipped in nine and Mayra Acosta 8.
In the semifinals, Socorro fell to No. 4 Class AAA Santa Fe Indian School 54-43.
“They have two guards, who are sisters and they just lit us up,” Garcia said.
“One lit us up for 17 points in the first quarter and the other scored nine in the second. Santa Fe was huge and we had a hard time getting the ball inside.”
With Socorro unable to get the ball inside, Santa Fe extended its lead to 14 points in the third quarter and it never looked back.
Silva had 23 points and Gonzales had 12 points on three three-pointers. Santa Fe was led by Justina Cortiz with 22 points and Jenine Cortiz with 12.
In the third place game, Socorro lost to host Hope Christian 50-46.
“You live and die by the outside,” Garcia said. “We shot 19 three-pointers. We never shoot 19 threes. We made just six of 19, which was a better percentage than our inside shooting.”
Despite the poor shooting, Socorro led 24-12 in the second quarter and led 30-28 at halftime. After three quarters, the Lady Warriors still led 43-42, but the wear of tear and four games in five days took their toll.
Hope Christian finally broke down Socorro’s press, outscoring the Lady Warriors 8-3 in the final quarter.
Foul shooting also contributed to the loss. Hope Christian made 14 of 20 free throws and Socorro converted 8 of 11 but did not shoot one in the second half.
Silva led Socorro with 24 points and Gonzalez added nine.
Socorro was scheduled to play St. Michael’s at home on Tuesday, but because of snow in Santa Fe, the game was postponed to Monday, Jan. 25.

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