Lady Rattlers win Route 66 Tourney

William Thompson

The Tucucmari High School girls basketball team won twice Saturday as they look more and more like a team capable of success this season. Whitney Spinks and Jamie Jones made the all-tournament team

Tucumcari vs. Lake Arthur
The Lady Rattlers dominated the Lake Arthur girls Saturday morning, 70-28. They had a 30-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. WHitney Spinks and Jamie Jones combined for 41 points.
Some credit goes to Sam Montano who is getting better and better at getting the ball to players down near the basket. Spinks was all over the floor getting steals and confidently hitting her outside jumper. Jones is finding that a good way to get some points is use her size to draw foulds down low.
Rattler Head Coach ALicia Trujillo was pleased with the points scored.
“Seventy points is the most we’ve scored since I’ve been here,” she said. “We played a lot better in the second half. Sam Montano helped us out a lot and Brandi Arenas is getting stronger.”
Arenas hit for seven points while Margarita Romero hit for eight. Reyna Banuelos had six.
Individual Scoring
Tucumcari: T. Span 3, J. Jones 22, W. Spinks 19, R. Banuelos 6, C. Rich 1, B. Arenas 7, M. Romero 8, S. Rigdon 2, S. Montano 2.
Lake Arthur: A. Denton 3, J. Jackson 8, E. Chavarria 2, E. Villa 8, S. Shea 7.

Tucumcari vs. Raton
The Lady Rattlers played Raton down to the final buzzer and came away with a 40-35 win. Tucumcari had a number of opportunities to put the game away earlier by hitting free throws. Rattler Coach Alicia Trujillo was not thrilled with the win.
“We missed a lot of free throws,” said Trujillo. “We gave the ball away as often as we stole it. Still, we were able to hold onto the game which is something we were not able to do last year.”
Raton was within four points with around 20 seconds left in the game. Amanda Tapia was fouled and made one free throw to put Tucucmari up by five. The Lady Rattlers then kept the Lady Tigers from scoring again.
Jamie Jones was high scorer with 18 points. The Rattlers full court press was causing trouble for Raton early on as Tucumcari jumped out 6-2 on shots by Jones and T’Shawna Span. Sam Montano threw an excellent fast break pass to Jones for a layup.
Raton battled back and took a 12-6 lead. Tucumcari was having trouble on its inbound passes, but Jones and Montano got their team back in the game with good shots. Whitney Spinks hit a shot and had an assist to Jones as Tucumcari went up 17-14.
Margarita Romero hit a couple shots in the third quarter as Tucucmari went up by five. The Rattlers kept the Lady Tigers in check the rest of the game but never went ahead by more than seven.

Individual Scoring
Tucumcari: A. Tapia 6, S. Montano 4, J. Jones 18, W. Spinks 3, T. Span 5, M. Romero 4.
Raton: J. Gansy 8, T. Lucksick 2, V. Honeyfield 3, W. Cappellucci 11 V. Dabovich 2 M. Wright 2.