Basketball

Peñasco takes on Cimarron for Homecoming

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The Peñasco Lady Panthers beat the Cimarron Lady Rams for the second time this season Saturday (Jan. 19). This week's victory at La Jicarita Gym came with a wider margin than the single point that separated the two teams in their Dec. 17 matchup that ended 71-70.

The first half wasn't looking especially good for the Lady Panthers. They were behind and struggling against the size of Cimarron's team, but the Lady Panthers were able to regroup. They pulled ahead and maintained their lead, at times conservatively, dribbling the ball around the circle to drain time from the clock until the referees instructed them to get a move on.

On the south side of the gym sat a group of students in dresses and slacks. The stands of La Jicarita Gym were packed, the banisters decorated with balloons and streamers of yellow and blue. The band offered support when the ball wasn't in play and the young spirit squad called out "Sink it, Adrianna! Sink it!" while Adrianna Tafoya stood at the free throw line.

Though Cimarron gained a slight advantage again in the fourth quarter, Peñasco resumed control and finished the game with the 59-53 win.

Before the boys could take the court, there was the presentation of the nominees for homecoming court and the announcement of the winners. Princess Leandra Romero, Prince Donovan Mascareñas, Duchess Rhyen Vigil and Duke Matias Vigil were presented with sashes, and Queen Bianca Contreras and King Dennis Martinez Jr. with sashes, capes, crowns and, for Bianca, flowers.

Indeed, this is the same Bianca who only moments before fought for the 59-53 win with the rest of her team, transformed almost instantaneously from basketball attire to someone who appeared to have taken the afternoon to get ready.

The boys' game brought a surprise to many - Cimarron not least of all. The Panthers gained an early lead, thanks to four 3-pointers from Elijah Lucero in the first period alone. They maintained their advantage for the whole of the first quarter, which ended 14-12. The Rams eventually puzzled out how to cover Lucero and were able to tie it up early in the second. The Rams were up by 5 with 2:39 to go in the half, but the Panthers inched closer and the boys headed into the locker room at 23-24 Rams.

In the second half, the Panthers were unable to sustain the pace they'd set against the big and strong team from Cimarron and gradually fell further behind. The final score of the game was 65-41.

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