Thursday, March 11, 2010

Season For Socorro Girls End With Loss To St. Michael’s

By Nicky Romero
For the Mountain Mail

SOCORRO -- The eighth seeded Socorro High School Lady Warriors' post-season came to an abrupt end on Friday night, March 5 losing at home to St. Michael's 58-38 in the first round of the 2010 New Mexico State Championship Tournament.
Socorro (20-9, 5-1), which was one of four 3A teams in the state with 20 or more wins, ended its season on a four-game losing streak.
“Obviously, coming off a tough loss last week, we had a hard time coming off of it than I thought we would,” Socorro coach Joseph Garcia said. “ We just had mental lapses.”
St. Michael's height advantage on offense and defense had a lot to say about the final outcome of the game. They started the game with a 6-0 run, before Socorro scored at the 5:35 mark of the 1st quarter. Senior Roxanne Silva and Jaden Jones combined on three short jumpers for Socorro's only points of the quarter. St. Michael's led 11-6 after this quarter.
Socorro closed the gap 11-8 with two minutes gone in the second quarter. This was the closest Socorro would get the rest of the way. St. Michael's took over the game, scoring on four 3-point shots to open the lead at halftime 28-14. Senior Tamara Quintana of St. Michael's hit three 3-point shots.
“Everyday in practice we worked on taking away the corner shot for the three,” Garcia said. “We were supposed to cheat over to the corner. The girl that was supposed to be in her vicinity was never in the vicinity in the first half.
“That was the main thing, because we were struggling to make twos. We actually outscored them from the field, 17 baskets to 15. But those six threes is where it was at.”
It was more of the same in the 4th quarter. Silva scored 12 of her total 30 points in the final quarter, but St. Michael's had more than enough to hold on.
“Lack of height all year just finally caught up to us,” Garcia said. “Any team bigger than us, we didn't beat all year. The last five games, we just had a hard time putting the ball in the
Garcia also talked about the future.
“We have good young girls coming up,” Garcia said. “The JV won the district championship. The freshmen team ended up undefeated. The eighth grade team ended up undefeated. We're still not going to have any height though. They'll probably be a different kind of a team. ”

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