Thursday, February 25, 2010

Lady Warriors Fall In Final District Game On Road At Hatch

By Nicky Romero
For the Mountain Mail

The fifth-ranked Socorro Lady Warriors (20-5, 5-1) ended their regular season basketball by losing their last district game of the season.
On Friday, Feb. 19, the Lady Warriors traveled to Hatch Valley High School and lost 65-45, ending their win streak at eight games.
Socorro had already secured the top seed in District 3-3A with last week's wins.
Socorro will receive a bye all the way to the district championship game.
The game will be played on Saturday, Feb. 27 at home at 5:30 pm.
Hatch Valley (8-15, 3-3) ended its regular season in 3rd place in the district. Cobre (3-23, 0-6) played at Hatch Valley on Tuesday.
The winner of this game played at Hot Springs (14-1, 4-2) Thursday night.
On Friday, Socorro and Hatch Valley battled and kept it close during the first half of the game. Hatch Valley took a 17-16 lead at the end of the 1st quarter, with Roxanne Silva scoring nine of the points for Socorro.
Hatch Valley increased its lead in the 2nd quarter by only two more points and took a 32-29 lead into halftime.
Kianna Gonzales helped her team this half by scoring 7 or her total 11 points this half.
Socorro came out in the second half hoping to take the lead, but again Hatch Valley outscored them 13-7 in the third quarter and 20-9 in the 4th quarter.
Silva scored 11 of her 26 points in this half. Silva and Samantha Sedillo fouled out in the 4th quarter.
Coach Joseph Garcia talked about the loss, “We got off to a real bad start. We were down 10-2. Second quarter was pretty even. They scored a bucket right at the end of the half to go up by 3. Third quarter, they kind of started pulling a little ahead of us. In the fourth quarter, we just played really, really bad.”
“Turnovers weren't the problem. We had a season low of eleven. All year long we've shot 50 percent, we shot 22 percent. You live and die by the threes, we died. We shot under 20 percent. We matched them on free throws. It was the two's. We only made 9 baskets and they made 22. That was the difference.“We just didn't have our A-game. We had clinched district going into the game, so I thought everyone was pretty complacent. There wasn't a sense of urgency.
“If we would have won, you're looking at the seeding for the state tournament on Sunday. I think this is a big loss for us. Unless we redeem ourselves on Saturday.”
Hatch Valley's Kelcie Carson scored a game high of 27 points, making 11 of 14 free throws.

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