By William Thompson
The Tucumcari girls basketball team finished 1-2 for the weekend. Saturday’s win over Raton was sandwiched between losses.
Santa Rosa 65, Tucumcari 31
The Lady Lions of Santa Rosa took a big early lead as the Lady Rattlers suffered from turnovers. Tucumcari was close in the first few minutes, but the Lady Lions pulled away sharply when they inserted their full-court press during the first quarter.
Santa Rosa was up 22-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Rattlers scored 12 points and limiting Santa Rosa to 11 points.
Santa Rosa went up by 20 in the third quarter and stayed up by 20 or more the rest of the game.
Tucumcari 44, Raton 38
The Lady Rattlers took an early lead over Raton on Saturday and never relinquished that lead.
Tucumcari went ahead 11-2 in the first quarter after Sam Montano drove to the basket twice for layups. Montano finished with seven points.
“We spread out our offense a little more tonight, and that left the lanes open for me,” Montano said.
Lady Rattler Head Coach Alicia Trujillo was still a little unhappy with her team’s overall play despite the win.
“It was a good win for us. We played more as a team,” Trujillo said.
In the fourth quarter, with Tucumcari holding on to a five-point lead, Lady Rattler Whitney Spinks made two shots in a row off the glass to put Tucumcari up 33-24.
Texico 59, Tucumcari 27
The Lady Rattlers used a patient passing game to slow down Texico, but the Lady Wolverines, ranked No. 1 in 2A, still managed to win.
“We’re going to keep on working on passing and looking for the good shots,” Trujillo said. “You don’t want to get Texico in a running game.”
Lady Rattler Amanda Tapia said she likes the new emphasis on passing.
“I was impressed with the way we worked the ball around tonight, looking for the good shot,” she said. “Texico’s press just frustrated us tonight.”