By Kyle Smith
For the Mountain Mail
The host Magdalena girls’ basketball team, playing in the consolation bracket of the Steer Stampede Tournament for the first time in several seasons, defeated Alamo 77-20 on Saturday, Dec. 4.
The Lady Steers used a strong full court press defense to force several the Cougars to commit costly errors, such as poor ball control, catching, and shooting. This helped Magdalena to score 50 first-half points.
The Lady Steers opened the first quarter on a 21-3 run. Magdalena continued this torrid scoring pace by leading Alamo 29-9 in the second quarter, giving the Lady Steers a lofty 50-12 halftime advantage.
Thanks to 12-0 run that started at the end of the second quarter and went into the third, The Lady Steers outscored the Cougars 23-1 in the third quarter. At that point Magdalena coach Wally Sanchez put in the JV squad to finish out the game.
Kameron Armstrong scored 19 points, Camille Mansell had 15, and Alicia Amijo chipped in with 12 for the Lady Steers (3-2).
Magdalena next plays in the Alice King Memorial Tournament in Moriarty from Dec. 9 to 11.
In an earlier consolation game, Magdalena beat the Rio Rancho junior varsity squad 50-11.
The Lady Steers were able to use their strong full court press defense to take advantage of several Rams miscues, such as poor passes, poor ball control, poor catching, poor rebounding, and problems shooting.
Magdalena opened the game with a 17-0 run. The Lady Steers built on that lead, going into the second quarter with a 24-2 advantage.
Early in the second quarter, Rio Rancho was able to trim the lead to 28-4, however, that’s as close as the Rams got. The Lady Steers led 38-4 at halftime.
Riding the wave of a 10-0 run to start the third quarter, Magdalena outscored the Rams 7-0 in the third quarter, and then went on a 17-0 run in the fourth.
Rio Rancho didn’t score again until the 2:58 remaining in the fourth quarter, trimming the deficit to 48-6. The Rams, however, were able to outscore the Lady Steers’ JV squad, 7-5, in the fourth.
Kameron Armstrong scored a game-high 14 points, Alicia Armijo had 13, and Nicah Montoya chipped in with five.