CLOUDCROFT – Carrizozo’s boys basketball team got its first win of the season, Dec. 9, during the final day of the Mountaintop tournament, a 65-36 victory over Mescalero’s junior varsity.
That the Grizzlies are just 1-6 in the young season is indicative of the problems both Carrizozo basketball teams are facing – very young teams having to learn on the fly.
Carrizozo’s girls also played in the Mountaintop tournament, losing games to Cloudcroft, Ruidoso JV and Cliff.
“It’s hard to have just five or six girls playing through the whole game,” said Carrizozo girls coach George Vega. “You have to have a perfect game and not get into foul trouble. It’s hard for them not to get frustrated being so young.”
Against the Mescalero JV, Carrizozo’s boys got some timely buckets by Jared Guevara in the second quarter to turn a 14-12 lead into a 40-18 advantage by halftime.
Guevara finished with 14 points, while Detrick Autrey added 12.
“It is a struggle, still trying to figure out how to play with each other,” said Carrizozo boys coach Trampus Pierson. “This win helps, and it’s really about these kids learning their role on the team. They’re getting better.”
For the girls, Carrizozo (0-7) the three-pointer was their best weapon. Cleo Shanks and Kelsie Guevara combined for 15 points from beyond the arc.
Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, there wasn’t much else.
“This is the toughest it’s ever been, but this little group has some fight,” Vega said. “Every game will be a battle, but they’re doing great, for eighth graders and freshmen to take on these roles. It’s not fair to them, but they’ve stepped up and it can pay off in a year or two.”