By Kyle Smith
For the Mountain Mail
Kameron Armstrong scooped in a layup and hit a crucial free-throw in the closing seconds of overtime as Magdalena came away with a 59-58 win over visiting Hatch Valley in a nondistrict girls basketball game on Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Bears lead 54-52 with 6.8 seconds left in regulation. The Lady Steers then moved the ball down the court quickly, setting up a layup by Alicia Armijo before time expired to tie it.
Hatch Valley opened the extra period with a 3-pointer, to make it 57-54. Magdalena then responded with a two-point jump shot to cut the deficit by one to make it 57-56.
After Armstrong made her layup, the Lady Bears hit a free-throw to tie the game at 58 with 30 seconds left.
Hatch Valley got the ball back but failed to capitalize on the opportunity when Alyssa Martinez missed two free-throws, the second try rebounded by Armstrong. Armstrong was then fouled who and sent to the free-throw line with 1.2 seconds left.
Armstrong made her first attempt and missed on the second try, but Armijo came down with the rebound to preserve the victory for the Lady Steers (5-5).
Nicah Montoya scored a game-high 14 points, Armstrong had 11, and Breann Baca chipped in with nine for Magdalena.
Shelbey carson scored a team-high 13 points for the Lady Bears (3-4).
Hatch Valley competes in Class 3A. The Lady Steers compete in Class 2A.
Both squads showed strong defense early in the game as Hatch Valley had a minuscule 7-6 lead after the first quarter.
Magdalena took a 20-17 lead into halftime.
The Lady Bears led 34-29 in the third quarter, which was the largest point advantage for either team on Saturday.
The Lady Steers next play on Jan. 13 when they play host to East Mountain.