By Leroy Chavez<br />Sports writer
CIMARRON — The Lady Rams of Cimarron High School were unable to overcome a slow start and dropped a heartbreaking 47-43 verdict to Des Moines in front of a large homecoming crowd during a basketball game Saturday (Jan. 11).
“We got off to a slow start in the first three quarters, but the girls didn’t quit and almost pulled it off in the end,” said Lady Ram coach Patricia LeDoux. “Selina Rael returned from a knee injury this week and played some good minutes.”
The Lady Rams actually led in the first period by out-scoring the Lady Demons 8-6 in the first period of play, but Des Moines rebounded from the early deficit for a 12-6 second period advantage and an 18-14 lead at intermission.
In the third stanza, the Lady Demons added a 17-9 advantage to increase their lead to 35-23 at the three-quarter mark and appeared to be cruising to a big win. In the final period, the Lady Rams employed an aggressive full-court press and roared back, out-scoring Des Moines 20-12. However, it was too little, too late, as the Lady Demons spoiled Cimarron’s homecoming 47-43.
“We played well early, and I substituted quite a bit to let everyone play for homecoming,” said LeDoux. “When Des Moines caught up in the second period, we were not able to keep the early momentum. Any chance to catch up went out the window when we had trouble converting free throws, while Des Moines was a perfect 14-for-14 from the free-throw line.”
The Lady Rams had a solid all-around scoring effort from eight players with Jessica Pittman leading the way with 16 points. Also contributing to the effort were Selina Rael with seven points, the trio of Gentry Haukebo, Holli Araiza and Mariah Vanderli with four points each, Santana Cordova and Amy Gonzales with three points each and Reina Arguello with two points.
“We have the pieces in place, now the kids just need to know their roles and work together as a team,” said LeDoux. “It’ll take all five of our starters and our bench on the same page for us to get to where we want to be.”
<span style=”text-decoration: underline”><strong>Mosquero 50, Cimarron 35</strong></span>
On Thursday (Jan. 9), the Lady Pirates of Mosquero jumped out to a quick lead and kept the pressure throughout to record a 50-35 win over the Lady Rams.
“It was an extremely physical game that hurt our style of play,” noted LeDoux.
Mosquero jumped out to a quick 16-9 first-quarter lead, then both teams deadlocked at 10-10 in the second period, giving the Lady Pirates a 26-19 lead at intermission.
In the third period, Mosquero just out-scored Cimarron 11-9 to increase the lead to 37-28 at the three-quarter mark. The final quarter was more of the same, as the Lady Pirates added a 12-7 advantage to win the contest 50-35.
“It was a game in which we dug a big hole for ourselves in the first quarter and we were not able to work our way out,” said LeDoux. “After the first period we played on near even terms, but we just gave them too big of a lead.”
Selina Rael paced the Lady Rams with 17 points and got plenty of help from Amy Gonzales and Jessica Pittman with six points each, Gentry Haukebo with five points, Mariah Vanderli with four points, Veronica Farmer with two points and Holli Araiza with one point.
“We’ll have a couple of games this weekend to help get us back on the right track,” said LeDoux. “There some things we need to work on.”
The Lady Rams will be looking to bounce back on Saturday (Jan. 18), when Cimarron will host the Lady Tigers of Raton for a 4 p.m. encounter.