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Ruidoso girls struggling, but growing

By Todd Fuqua

One look at the Ruidoso girls basketball team’s early season shows a Warrior squad struggling to play together.

They’re 0-6 right now after three straight losses in the Artesia City of Champions tournament over the weekend, but coach Jason Kampsky said not all is lost.

“My seniors have been showing great leadership qualities on the court and have been encouraging the others,” Kampsky said. “They may not be putting up massive numbers, but they’re doing other things that are just as valuable.”

Those seniors Kampsky was referring to are Hailee Blake, Devynee Palmer, Esperanza Chavez, Macey Boyiddle and Hailey Evans.

Among those he credited that senior corps with encouraging is sophomore Lakeisha Rocha, an athlete he said had a “heck of a tournament.”

“She’s very coachable and takes to heart the things you tell her,” Kampsky said of Rocha. “She wants to fill a role and told me she understands that she doesn’t have to score a lot to be valuable.”

There wasn’t much scoring for Ruidoso in Artesia, as the Warriors put up a combined 65 points in their three games against Artesia, Lovington and Goddard.

Things don’t get much easier tonight, when Ruidoso hosts Tularosa, but Kampsky is still optimistic.

“A lot of growing up happened this weekend,” he said.

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