CAPITAN – To start with in their contest against Hagerman to open the Smokey Bear Tournament, the Corona Lady Cardinals were actually doing quite well.
They may not have been scoring much, but they had scored enough to take an 8-5 lead after the first quarter.
That lead had disappeared by halftime, but Corona was still in it. Unfortunately, fouls caught up to them and the Lady Cardinals ended up losing 44-23.
“I had starters foul out,” said Corona coach Terri Racher. “We were down by only five at the end of the third quarter, but then here came the fouls.”
Seniors Aubrey Brandenberger and Payton Dunsworth had both fouled out by the end of the game, while Angelina Romero had four infractions by the end.
All those fouls led to a lot of free throws by the Lady Bobcats, who were led by Hannah Hamill with 16 points, including a 12-for-22 performance at the charity stripe.
Christy Bejerano added eight points for Hagerman (3-8) before she fouled out, while eighth-grader Koelle Brandenberger led the Lady Cardinals (3-7) with seven.
Corona might have had more points if Hagerman’s defense hadn’t been as good in transition. The Lady Cardinals were getting the steals, they just weren’t able to turn them into points at the other end.
“Hagerman does a great job on defense, getting back fast and preventing that fast break,” Racher said.
Corona was scheduled to take on Magdalena today in the consolation round, starting at 2:30 p.m.