By Thomas Garcia
QCS Senior Writer
The Tucumcari Rattlers and Lady Rattlers both lost home games Friday night to the Floyd Broncos at the Snake Pit.
The 3-5 Rattler boys lost a close one heading into the Christmas break, falling 46-42 to the 6-5 Broncos.
“Its not going to get any easier when we start back up after the break,” said John Span, Rattlers head coach.
Span said the when the Rattlers return from the Christmas break, they are going to face the 2A number-one ranked Saint Michael Horsemen. He said tough games like the one against the Broncos will help them prepare.
Span said the Broncos shot better than the Rattlers. The THS squad scored only 50 percent from the free-throw line and failed to score on any of their 14 three-point attempts.
It was a lapse in ball control that allowed the Broncos to steal the lead in the last two minutes of the game.
Trailing 40-39, the Broncos stole the ball twice and scored after the Rattlers made bad passes.
Span said the Rattlers are going to have to take better care of the ball. He said they also have to slow down and make better shots underneath the goal.
Span said the team missed several easy lay-ups that would have made a huge difference in the game’s outcome.
The Broncos, he said, played within themselves and did not get excited on the court.
The 3-7 Lady Rattlers were down early to the 9-2 Lady Broncos and were trailing 25-4 at the end of the first period. They played catch-up for the rest of the game.
The Lady Rattlers were under the direction of assistant coach Lawrence Sena, as head coach Gary Hittson was absent due to a family emergency.
Sena said the girls were slow to find their groove against the Lady Broncos. He said early on, the Lady Rattlers were not taking their time when they shot and missed points early in the game.
Sena said once the Lady Rattlers calmed down and began to make