Offensive power outage leads to ‘Zozo girls loss

By Todd Fuqua

Photo by Todd Fuqua Carrizozo's Kaitlin Guevara, left, drives to the bucket while being pursued by Hagerman Bobcats Paige Hoppes (2) and Christy Bejarano, Jan. 4, during the Capitan Smokey Bear Tournament.

CAPITAN – Carrizozo’s girls basketball team is still without a victory after their 45-11 thrashing at the hands of Hagerman, Jan. 4, during the first round of the Smokey Bear Tournament.

Photo by Todd Fuqua Carrizozo’s Raelynn Saenz, left, prepares to shoot against the defense of Hagerman’s Val Bejerano, Jan. 4, during the first round of the Capitan Smokey Bear Tournament.

But at least it was a competitive game at the beginning.

Hagerman had an early 8-2 lead, but the Grizzlies (0-12) were able to crawl to within three points on a free throw by Raelynn Saenz with 5:58 left in the second quarter.

Unfortunately for Carrizozo, a Cleo Shanks three points was the only scoring they got for the rest of the half – almost for the rest of the game.

Hagerman (3-8) blanked the Grizzlies in the third quarter and Carrizozo wasn’t able to score again until a free throw by Melissa Barela with 1:14 left in the game.

Grizzly coach George Vega said the offensive blackout in the second half was typical of his team’s inconsistency.

“They showed they can play when they want to,” Vega said. “Putting those four quarters together has been our trouble.”

Shanks and Hailey Barela were the top scorers for Carrizozo with just three points each, while the Bobcats were paced by Leandra Tarango’s eight points.

With the loss, Carrizozo will face Gateway Christian in the consolation rounds today.

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