Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lady Warriors Fall in Season Opener

by Patrick Jason Rodriguez

The debut of Socorro girls basketball coach Marleen Greenwood could have gone better.
“During the pre-game warm ups I could tell that this was going to be a difficult game for us,” she said.
It turned out to be an accurate premonition, as visiting Ruidoso turned a fast start into a 65-35 win over the Lady Warriors in a nonleague game Tuesday night at the Warrior Dome.
The Lady Warriors of Ruidoso (2-0) went on a 7-0 run to start the game, including two quick baskets by Abrianna Herrera. Herrera finished with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Socorro finally scored when Mayra Acosta hit a free throw with 3:47 seconds left in the first quarter. The Lady Warriors shot only three of 24 from the free throw line.
Socorro went on a 4-0 run to start the second quarter, but three turnovers by the Lady Warriors’ defense helped Ruidoso take a 28-12 lead into halftime.
Socorro (0-1) wouldn’t get any closer than that, allowing 21 points in the third quarter.
“This game was something we can build on,” said Greenwood, who was previously the coach of the junior varsity team. “We could have given up after (Ruidoso) took that big lead in the first half, but we kept on pressing them to take bad shots. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough.”
Only two players on Socorro’s starting lineup Wednesday night were on the squad last season.   
Jaden Jones scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Makayla Jacobs had five rebounds and three blocked shots for Socorro. Samantha Sedillo chipped in with six points and three assists for the Lady Warriors.
As a team, Socorro finished with 20 rebounds, six assists, seven steals, including four by Marissa Marquez, and four blocked shots. The lady Warriors made 15 of 52 shots, for 27 percent.
The Warriors have only five players that played on the team last season, inlcuding two starters.
Socorro will host Bernalillo on Friday. The Lady Warriors defeated the Lady Spartans in their only contest against each other last season, 77-39.

Picture: Lady Warriors Samantha Sedillo (22) and Shaina Lopez (10) look on as Marissa Marquez’s jump shot falls in during a 65-35 loss to Ruidoso on Tuesday.

Photo by Patrick Jason Rodriguez

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