Capitan girls win down the stretch

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan's Dakota Hazen, right, takes the ball down court as she's pursued by Cloudcrof'ts Marisol Paulik, Jan. 13, at Capitan. Hazen led the Lady Tigers with just 10 points.

CAPITAN – With 5:23 to go in the first quarter, Capitan’s girls basketball team led Cloudcroft by a point.

It was the only point in the game.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan’s Kylie Pruett, right, tries to keep control of the ball while defended by Cloudcroft’s Laura Quick, Jan. 13, at Capitan.

Yes, an Aspen Caughron free throw was both the difference and the sum total of points by either team at that point.

It was that kind of a night, as Capitan finally scored in double digits in the fourth quarter to take a 32-21 victory.

Capitan coach John Devine said the real difference was free throws.

“We’re missing reasonable shots, but I don’t even want to look at the free throws,” Devine said. “We missed a whole lot against Hagerman (a 34-31 win on Jan. 10) and we probably only made 25 percent tonight.”

In a game in which scoring was a premium for both teams, Capitan’s Dakota Hazen was the only player in double figures for either team with 10 points.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan center Alyssa Chavez turns to the basket on a scoring attempt, Jan. 13, during her team’s win over Cloudroft.

Marisol Paulik led the Lady Bears (4-11) with 7.

Capitan (9-4) went 8-for-28 at the free throw line. If the Lady Tigers could have made just 10 more of those, this game would have been out of reach by halftime.

Instead, Capitan held onto a slim 11-10 lead, and it didn’t get much better at the end of the third quarter with the Lady Tigers ahead, 17-15.

Capitan finally started capitalizing on the Lady Bears’ turnovers in the fourth quarter, able to withstand six steals by Sabina Judah.

“Several kids gave us a lift tonight,” Devine said. “Adrianna Romero came through with some points, and Madison Tracy, who hasn’t had much of an opportunity to play this year, she played big for us.”

Shelby Southard led the team with eight rebounds from the bench, as well.

The Lady Tigers’ next opponent is Magdalena, a road game that starts a four-game series before the start of District 4-3A play on Jan. 26.

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