Warriors girls best Hot Springs

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso's Haley Evans, center, closely guards Hot Springs' Raquel Rosas, Dec. 19, at Ruidoso High School. Looking on is Ruidoso teammate Erika Jarvis.

RUIDOSO – For the second time in two games, the Ruidoso Warrior girls basketball team has defeated Hot Springs.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso guard Devynee Palmer brings the ball across the timeline, Dec. 19, during her team’s win over Hot Springs at RHS.

For the third straight contest, the Warriors had what coach Jason Kampsky considers a good game.

All this is in advance of their appearance at the Striking Eagle Invitational at Albuquerque next week, when they face a very good Santa Fe Indian team.

“Overall, we played a pretty good game, and we’re seeing the floor a lot better,” Kampsky said. “Now we’ve won two in a row. We’ll need to touch up some things and then get after them after Christmas.”

Photo by Todd Fuqua Ruidoso center Hailee Blake (22) prepares to shoot in a crowd, Dec. 19, during her team’s win over Hot Springs.

As for their 55-44 victory, Dec. 19, the Warriors (2-7) decided they’d come out a bit more intense to start than they did the week before.

That was evident in how many steals and blocks Ruidoso had to start the game.

All that translated into a 15-7 Warrior lead after one quarter and a 28-17 lead at the break.

Actually, the Tigers (3-7) were never that far back. If they were able to get past the front line of defense and Devynee Palmer’s five steals, Hot Springs was able to get to the bucket fairly easy.

“I think we were a little sluggish defensively,” Kapsky said. “We were really slow coming off our traps. If they beat the press, we were slow getting back and our rotation was not where it needed to be.”

Audri Renfro had most of the Tigers’ points with 15, thanks in large part to a trio of three-pointers.

Andee Roach led the game for Riuidoso with 18 points and also came up with four blocks.

Center Hailee Blake added nine points and led the Warriors with eight rebounds.

“In that last game, we took it kind of easy. We were tied at halftime,” Blake said. “This time, we wanted to go in and make sure we got the job done right away.”

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