Thursday, December 17, 2009

Lady Warriors Press Way To Victory At Belen

By Nicky Romero
For the Mountain Mail

BELEN – The Socorro Lady Warriors basketball team handed the Belen Lady Eagles their first loss of the season as it came away with a 60-43 win Thursday, Dec. 10.
It also was Socorro’s first victory against a varsity team this season. The Lady Warriors defeated the Valencia JV at the Las Vegas tournament a couple of weeks ago.
At the Las Vegas tournament, the Lady Warriors were missing two players because of disciplinary problems.
Against Belen, Socorro had a full roster for the first time this season. Jumping out to an 8-2 lead in the first quarter, Socorro showed what it may be capable of this season.
“I thought we played real aggressive,” Socorro coach Joseph Garcia said. “We were able to press for four quarters. In the first half, Belen had 21 turnovers and did not run one set play because of our press.”
Socorro’s half-court trap and full-court defense provided for many scoring opportunities. Senior Roxanne Silva (18), Brittany McDaniel (6) and Junior Kianna Gonzales (5) helped Socorro to a 30-14 halftime lead.
Belen opened the second half by scoring the first three points, but Socorro quickly widened its lead again. The Lady Warriors put the game away with a 14-3 run and led 43-21 after three quarters.
Belen scored 22 points in the fourth quarter but it was not enough.
Silva led all scorers with 37 points and 14 rebounds and McDaniel added 12 points and eightsteals. Nicolle Sanchez led Belen with 18 points.
“Last year, Belen beat us in Socorro by 20 points and they hit nine three-pointers,” Garcia said. “This year, we held them to two threes. I thought that was a big difference in the game. Our defensive pressure was the No. 1 difference this game with Brittany playing center field. Trissta Peralta and Jaden James trapping on the press was a key.
Socorro played at West Las Vegas Tuesday night and fell 53-43.
The Lady Warriors will be at Pojoaque on Friday.

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