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Mescalero opens season with sweep

By Todd Fuqua

Things went quite well for the Mescalero boys and girls basketball teams in their season openers on Nov. 17.

In both cases, the Chiefs earned 30-plus point wins.

“We lost last year to this team, but we hadn’t had a chance to put anything in,” said girls coach Elmer Chavez. “This year, I had them for longer before the season started. This was a much better situation.”

Mescalero got 20 points from Kaitlyn Yuzos and 10 from Tuunte Baca, going up 37-10 at halftime.

They also grabbed exactly as many offensive as defensive rebounds, nine each.

Chavez said who scores the most will change from game to game, pointing out that Fallon Velasquez put in 20 in a scrimmage against Socorro.

“They’ll all start relaxing and scoring as we go on, it will be a lot more balanced,” Chavez said. “We’re very young, but we’re more skilled than any team I’ve had. Teams can’t attack us. We don’t let them and we’re going after them.”

On the boys side, Mescalero used the press to create turnovers and scoring opportunities, stealing the ball 26 times.

“We played well, but have plenty to work on offensively and defensively,” said Chief coach Adam Herrera. “We look forward to the task and are excited for our next game.”

Both teams are on the road Nov. 28 when they take a trip to Hondo for another doubleheader. The girls game is set to start at 5:30 p.m., with the boys following.

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