Rattlers win one, lose one against Ft. Sumner


Thomas Garcia

QCS Senior Writer


The Rattlers’ D’Ontee Sandoval attempts to untangle from Ft. Sumner Foxes defenders during Thursday’s game. The Rattler boys won 75-63.

The Tucumcari Rattler boys basketball team won Thursday night while the Lady Rattlers lost against Fort Sumner teams at the Snake Pit.

The (9-9) Rattler boys took advantage of turnovers to stay ahead of the (9-8) Ft. Sumner Foxes for a 75-63 win Thursday night at the Snake Pit in Tucumcari.

“You simply cant have so many turnovers in a game and expect to stay close with any team, let alone a strong Rattler team,” said John Wootton, Foxes head coach.

Wootton said the team lost as many as 15 possessions due to turnovers.

“If we had reduced that number by half and scored, it would have been a much different ball game,” he said.

By the start of the third period, the Rattlers’ lead over the Foxes had shrunk to single digits.  Inconsistencies in the Rattlers’ play helped the Foxes to narrow the difference.

“We need to work on being consistent through out the game,” said John Span, Rattlers head coach.

Span said the Rattlers did not cash in on several opportunities from turnovers throughout the game. Turnovers seemed to plague the Rattlers, too.  Span said the turnovers were not a result of the Foxes’ defensive play; the Rattlers just threw the ball away.

“We will have to step it up and work on better ball control to limit turnovers,” said Mark Preciado, senior shooting guard.

Preciado said he is looking forward to playing the Panthers of Pecos on Saturday, and if the Rattlers play at full capacity, they will win.

Despite keeping the (7-9) Fort Sumner Vixens out of synch by cutting off their passing lanes early in the game, the  (6-12) Lady Rattlers lost 53-36 Thursday night.

“We had some mental breakdowns early on, and the Rattlers were able to take us out of our game plan for a time,” said Ben Segura, Vixens head coach.

Segura said he urged the Vixens at half-time to stay focused and not let the Rattlers catch them out of position. He said little mental errors have affected the Vixens throughout the season, a problem that team members need to eliminate as district play approaches.

The Lady Rattlers had a low scoring percentage from attempts inside the paint. The Vixens compounded that problem for the Rattlers with a second half defensive stand that forced the Rattlers to shoot from the perimeter, which increased the Vixens’ lead.

“The girls are not shooting with confidence inside the paint,” said Gary Hittson, Lady Rattlers head coach, and are not following through on  shots underneath the goal.

The Vixens dominated the glass, controlling the rebounds and eliminating second-shot chances for the Lady Rattlers.

Segura said the Vixens need to be right mentally as they face the Melrose Lady Buffaloes, a district foe, Tuesday.

Hittson said the Rattler girls will have to step it up Saturday as they face the Pecos Lady Panthers.

The Rattlers and Lady Rattlers will play at 3:30 p.m., Saturday at Pecos.

The Rattlers' John Paul Garcia goes up for the layup during Thursday night's 75-63 win against the Fort Sumner Foxes at the Snake Pit.

The Rattlers’ John Paul Garcia goes up for the layup during Thursday night’s 75-63 win against the Fort Sumner Foxes at the Snake Pit.

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