On consecutive nights the Lady Warrior and Warrior basketball teams completed the regular season sweep of Cobre in District 3 games. On Thursday evening the Lady Warriors upped their season record to 13-10 and 3-2 in district games with a low-scoring victory over the Lady Indians 32-24. The first half ended with the Lady Warriors leading by a score of just 11-9 as both teams struggled to find their offense. The Lady Warriors were hampered by foul trouble with Audry and Kaylene Baca both picking up early fouls. Audry did not play in the second or third quarter as a result and the Lady Warriors struggle with turnovers against the Cobre full court press making 7 turnovers in the second quarter alone and ending with more than 20 for the game.
At the end of three quarters the Lady Warrior lead was up to five at 18-13, but Cobre closed the gap to just 20-19 on the free throw shooting of 8th grader Skkyla Guck, who hit 8 of 9 free throws in the second half and led the Lady Indians with 10 points in the game. However, the Lady Warriors pulled away with 2 point baskets from Zoe Esquivel and Destiny Vergara and a three pointer by Ashlynn Aguilar. The Lady Warriors also went 7 for 10 from the free throw line in the 4th quarter to hold on for the eight point victory. The Socorro was led in scoring by Destiny Vergara and Kaylene Baca with 7 points each. Other scorers were Audry Baca with 6, Zoe Esquivel with 5, Ashlyn Aguilar with 3, and Deysha Townsend and Kaylena Ganadonegro with 2 each. The Lady Warriors will travel to T or C Tuesday to take on Hot Springs High School. The Lady Tigers are 0-19 overall and 0-5 in district play coming off a 50-15 loss to district leader Silver City. The Lady Warriors are currently in third place in the district behind 5-0 Silver City and 3-1 Hatch Valley.
On Friday night the Warriors played at home against District 3’s 4th place team Cobre. The first half saw the teams trade the lead back and forth before ending in a 18-18 tie. The Warriors struggled with their shooting in the first half making just 7 of 25 shots (28%) and just 2 of 9 on three point attempts. In the 3rd quarter the Warriors began to find the range making 7 of 11 shots in the quarter with Wesley Mauldin hitting 2 of 3 three point shots to lead the way. After three quarters the Warriors now led 35-28. In the 4th quarter the Warriors continued to shoot the ball well and their press forced Cobre into 5 turnovers. The Indians never mounted a real challenge down the stretch as they shot only 2 of 7 in the 4th quarter to compound their turnover problems. The Warriors made 13 of 23 second half shots for 57% as the Warriors cruised to a 51-36 victory. With the victory the Warriors run their season record to 13-10 and 4-1 in district play and remain just one game behind district leader Silver City. Silver defeated Hot Springs on Friday by a score of 73-30 to run their record to 5-0 in district play. The Warriors will take on Hot Springs Tuesday at home. The Warriors had three players in double figures led by Wesley Mauldin’s 17 along with 14 from Marquez Perez and 11 from Tyler Greenwood. Other scorers for the Warriors were Ryan Botko with 5 and Michael Armijo and Damien Townsend each chipping 2 points.