Lady Tigers stifle Carrizozo

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Carrizozo's Kaitlin Guevara, left, drives to the bucket as Capitan's Alyssa Chavez defends, Jan. 30, at Capitan.

CAPITAN – After a bad beginning to their district season, the Capitan Lady Tigers really needed a win.

They got it, Jan. 30, with a 36-24 victory over Carrizozo, but it wasn’t the kind of win Capitan coach John Devine would have liked.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan’s Aspen Caughron, right, is blocked by Carrizozo’s Hannah Ventura, Jan. 30, at Capitan.

“It was nice to get back in the win column, but I don’t think we played very well,” Devine said. “Our defense wasn’t too bad, but our offense is still sputtering.”

The Lady Tigers (11-7) had a 23-11 lead at halftime, but weren’t ever able to really put it away. Indeed. Carrizozo (4-17) threatened to make it really interesting in the final period, holding Capitan to just five points while scoring 11 themselves.

Lady Grizzly Hannah Ventura led the game with 15 points, while Dominique Valadez had eight to lead Capitan.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Capitan’s Kylie Pruett, right, puts up a shot next to Carrizozo’s Kristie Gallacher, Jan. 30, at Capitan.

In the end, it was Carrizozo’s youth that did them in, as they were unable to handle the overpowering defensive pressure put up by the Lady Tigers.

Several times, the Lady Grizzlies couldn’t even get past half court.

“When the pressure is that tough, I think anyone has trouble bringing the ball across half court,” said Carrizozo coach George Vega. “Some plays they had two and three hands on us. When they don’t call the fouls, it’s a whole lot tougher.”

Devine said there’s still plenty of things that need to change with his team, as they have the end of the season in sight.

“No one played more than two quarters tonight, because we’ve got the game (at Magdalena),” Devine said. “It was good to get the young people playing time, because they don’t usually get that opportunity against teams like Tularosa or Loving.”

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