Basketball

Lady Tigers hang on tight until the fourth quarter

By Sheila Miller
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 12/12/18

The Lady Tigers have another chance to break their string of losses Friday (Dec. 14) when they take to the road to play Aztec.

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Basketball

Lady Tigers hang on tight until the fourth quarter

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The Taos Lady Tigers are still getting started. They played their fifth game of the season at home Friday (Dec. 7) against the Bernalillo Lady Spartans. The 61-49 loss was their fourth of the season.

It could have gone either way however, most notably, in the third quarter.

The first quarter was slow for both teams offensively with only 16 points between them, 10 by Bernalillo and 6 by Taos.

In the second period, the Lady Spartans began pulling away, drawing their lead to 11 points (19-8) with 5:17 in the half. The Lady Tigers rallied. With two 2-point breakaways, the second one by Andrica Quintana, the Lady Tigers generated enough momentum to put up 14 points in five minutes.

The second 8-minute quarter sent the girls into the locker room with a score of 27-22, favoring Bernalillo.

The Lady Tigers started the third quarter strong. With three rebounds in a row from Dahnyell Martinez, Taos kept control of the ball for much of the quarter, tying it up at 31 with a beautifully coordinated and executed play.

Bernalillo responded immediately with a 3-pointer and then another basket, making the score 36-31. Ariana Aguilar came away with a rebound and the resulting basket kept Taos close on the heels of the Lady Spartans. A big shot from outside the circle from Quintana brought Taos within 3 points of Bernalillo's 39. The third quarter closed with Bernalillo 43, Taos 39.

The final quarter saw the Lady Spartans finding more open court near the circle, aggressively rebounding and cranking up a higher finishing percentage for both layups and 3-pointers.

Indeed, the basket seemed at times positively allergic to the Lady Tigers' shots, ejecting them from the inner and outer edge of the rim.

To make matters worse for Taos, as everyone else on the court grew more tired, Bernalillo's superstar freshman Juliana Aragon only seemed to grow more energetic. She scored 22 of Bernalillo's points on Friday, and 44 in their game against Grants Dec. 4.

Taos coach David Sanchez called her, "one of the best I've seen in a while."

As for Taos, they were right there with Bernalillo in every way except shooting. "We shot ourselves out of this," Coach Sanchez told his bench.

The Bernalillo Lady Spartans started their season with losses to two of Taos' district competitors: the Pojoaque Valley Lady Elks (52-40) and the Moriarty Pintos (47-43). With wins against Grants (71-66) and Sandia Prep (67-38), they gained some steam, and with their 61-49 win against Taos, they've got a three-game winning streak.

The Lady Tigers have another chance to break their string of losses Friday (Dec. 14) when they take to the road to play Aztec.

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