CAPITAN – Five minutes into their District 4-3A opener against Tularosa, Jan. 26, Capitan’s girls were down 10-1.
By the end of the first quarter, that deficit was 17-1, and the Lady Wildcats were well on their way to a 53-13 basketball victory.
There’s really not much to say about such a beat down, except that Capitan coach John Devine was ready to take the blame for it.
“The girls are up to the challenge, but I must have done a bad job of preparing them, this one’s on me,” Devine said. “This team is better than getting beat by 40 points.”
Capitan (10-5, 0-1 district) eventually did hold the Lady Wildcats to single digits in the fourth quarter, but by then it was a running clock and there wasn’t much time for anyone to score.
Tularosa (15-4, 1-0) did their damage with layups. Oh sure, they could have scored more than the pair of threes from Cassie Vickery, but why take outside shots when your defense causes turnovers and transition layups at the other end?
Lots of them.
Another part of Capitan’s problem was its realization it was going up against last year’s Class 3A state runner up team, a team that had just one loss last season and five losses in two years.
“We can’t have butterflies or anxiety when we’re playing a Goliath,” Devine said. “If we were to put different uniforms on that team and play them someplace else, it’s probably a better game.”
Vickery ended up with 21 points to lead all scorers. In fact, she was the only girl in double figures on the night.
Lady Tiger Alyssa Chavez led her team with six points.
Things don’t get much easier for the Lady Tigers, who host Loving on Jan. 28.