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Capitan teams win one, lose two

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan's Shelby Southerd, left, holds the ball while being guarded by Lordsburg's Gabriella Olivas, Dec. 10, during the final day of the Cloudcroft Mountain Top tournament.

CLOUDCROFT – Capitan girls basketball coach Brandon Devine doesn’t like coming into a tournament cold, without having played a single regular season game yet.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan’s Dakota Hazen had 20 points in her team’s loss to Lordsburg, Dec. 10, in the fifth place game of the Cloudcroft Mountain Top tournament.

But that’s exactly what the Lady Tigers had to do over the weekend, as the Capitan girls went 1-2, with a 54-17 win over Mountainair, to finish sixth at the Mountain Top tournament.

Things weren’t much better for the boys, who also went 1-2, defeating the Ruidoso junior varsity on day two, 50-45.

“I hate coming into a tournament not having played already,” said Capitan girls coach John Devine. “I thought we did OK, but there’s lots of things we need to get better at.”

For the girls, things were actually going quite well against a solid Lordsburg team on Saturday, leading by one after a quarter and by two at the break.

But eventually, Capitan’s inability to convert the easier baskets caught up to them.

“In the third quarter, we got plenty of looks, we just didn’t finish,” Devine said. “We also gave up some penetration to the basket, and that was the difference in the game.”

Dakota Hazen had 20 points to lead the Lady Tigers, mostly on wide open layups after good ball movement by her teammates. But 18 of those points came in the first half.

Boys fall to Mescalero

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan’s Devan Woodell, center, looks annoyed as he wrestles for control of the ball with Mescalero’s Harry Wheeler, Dec. 10, during the fifth place game of the Cloudcroft Mountain Top tournament.

The boys ended the tourney with a 56-34 loss to Mescalero in the fifth-place game.

This came after a 50-45 victory over the Ruidoso JV.

Wyatt Lowrance had 13 points to lead the Tigers (1-3) while the Chiefs (3-4) got 25 points from Patrick Denney, 13 from Aloysius Comanche and 12 from Harry Wheeler.

Captian’s teams are at Hondo in a doubleheader today starting at 5 p.m., and will be at Mescalero’s White Mountain Classic starting Dec. 15.

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