Ruidoso girls “side-step” in loss to Robertson

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso's Espi Chave is set upon by Robertson defenders Gabi Trujillo, left, and Alanza Darley, Dec. 1, at Ruidoso.

RUIDOSO – It would be tempting to call Ruidoso’s girls basketball loss to Robertson a big step backward.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso forward Erika Jarvis takes a shot, Dec. 1, in her team’s home game against Las Vegas Robertson.

After all, their 75-28 loss to the Cardinals was 28 points worse than their season-opening loss to Alamogordo.

But Ruidoso coach Jason Kampsky sees it more as a step sideways.

“There’s no denying that Robertson’s a good ball team, but we didn’t really show any improvement from Alamogordo other than our post play is getting better,” Kampsky said. “That side step occurred where our guard play was good in Alamogordo, but just wasn’t there tonight.”

Ruidoso (0-2) found itself down big after the first quarter. Robertson (2-0) scored the game’s first six points and – after an Andee Roach three cut that lead in half – the Cardinals went on a 13-2 run to essentially put the game out of reach.

Robertson made that run – and kept expanding the lead – thanks to a lot of steals and turnovers. Alianza Darley led the Cardinals with 24 points, with a lot of buckets coming in transition after she got a steal.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso guard Devynee Palmer, far left, takes off down the court as teammate Andee Roach (30) follows, Dec. 1, during Ruidoso’s home game against Las Vegas Robertson.

Darley also led her team with six of Robertson’s 10 steals, emphasizing what Kampsky said about the regression of the Warriors’ guard play.

In the middle, Ruidoso did in fact improve, as Blake put on some nifty moves to get looks at the basket. But her shots just wouldn’t fall.

Andee Roach had the most success for the Warriors, scoring 16 points and shooting all four of her team’s three-pointers.

Ruidoso has one road game at Socorro before facing Artesia in the first round of the City of Champions tournament next weekend.

Kampsky said the Warriors need a good game at Socorro to bounce back.

“I was telling the girls that they do need to think about this game and they do need to let it bother them,” Kampsky said. “I’ve seen better play out of them, and they need to come out on Monday with a fire going. They need to play better against Socorro and go beat them, frankly.”

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