MESCALERO – At halftime of the Mescalero girls’ 7-15 win over Carrizozo, Dec. 14, in the first round of the Mescalero Holiday Classic, Chief coach Elmer Chavez could be heard yelling at his team in the locker room.
It’s not that he was upset with his team – the Chiefs were up 37-6 at that point – he just didn’t want his team to get complacent.
“We have to keep improving, because I want us to be there at the end and not lose another two-point game at State,” Chavez said. “You have to be good enough to win when you play bad in order to win State.”
While the Chiefs won the game handily, Carrizozo answered Mescalero’s challenge early, when a jumper by Melissa Barela tied it at 2-all about a minute into the game.
But the Grizzlies would get just one more basket the rest of the way, as Mescalero had a 22-4 lead by the end of the first quarter.
The Chiefs got numerous points in transition and cruised to victory from there.
Actually, “cruise” is not the correct term. Chavez wanted to keep pushing his kids.
“What’s cool is that we’re young, but it’s like we have a verteran club,” Chavez said. “We were working on a play to get it inside on them, and we got it inside a lot, we missed a lot of layups, though.”
Katelyn Yuzos led Mescalero with 13 points as one of three Chiefs in double figures. Paris Davis had 11 points and Fallon Velasquez 10.
Barela finished with seven points to lead the Grizzlies.
Carrizozo is in the seventh place game today against Jal after falling to Gateway, 42-19, in the consolation semifinals.
Mescalero stormed to a 79-35 win over Hondo in the other semi finals, setting up a 5 p.m. championship game against Quemado tonight.