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Lady Warriors on the cusp of winning

By Todd Fuqua

While Ruidoso’s girls game at Cobre may have been a three-point loss at 41-38, Lady Warrior coach Jason Kampsky said things weren’t that close until the very end.

“We tied it up late, but Cobre played us pretty well,” Kampsky said. “We played a little below our standard.”

Cobre (9-7) also had the advantage of not missing key players. Ruidoso (4-11) was without Hailey Evans, but Kampsky was able to play a lot of players that didn’t usually get a lot of varsity time.

That includes Christina Fragoso, Hailee Blake and Devynee Palmer, all of whom proved themselves after being such big parts of the junior varsity squad.

“Overall, we’re so close to winning, we’re just not finishing games at this point,” Kampsky said. “We missed some easy shots and had crucial turnovers late that we couldn’t bounce back from.”

Ruidoso now has a mountain to climb this week, with four games in five days, including some challenging dates against 5A schools Lovington and Artesia.

All this is in advance of their District 4-4A opener at Portales on Jan. 24.

The Lovington game, Jan. 17, is a rematch of a contest the Lady Wildcats won, 66-52, near the beginning of the season.

“I don’t think we shot all that well, but the way we’re taking care of the ball right now, it’s keeping us in games,” Kampsky said. “If we can contain Lovington’s scorers and do what we’re doing right now, that’s a winnable game.”

Kampsky feels the same way about West Las Vegas on Jan. 19 and Capitan on Jan. 20.

The Artesia game, Jan. 21, is a rematch of the Lady Warriors’ season opener – a 69-42 loss in the first round of the Artesia City of Champions tournament.

“That will be rough, but they didn’t pull away from us until the last three minutes of the game,” Kampsky said.

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