Cimarron Lady Rams drop non-league game against Raton

By Leroy Chavez<br />Sports writer

The Cimarron High School Lady Rams dropped a 69-38 verdict to the red-hot Lady Tigers of Raton Jan. 29 on the CHS basketball court.

“We did not play up to our potential and lost to a good Class AAA team that currently is one of the top teams in their district,” Lady Ram coach Patricia LeDoux said. “The kids played well in a recent game in which the team came off a long layoff due to the flu, which went through the team. The conditioning and lack of practice caught up to us.”

The Lady Tigers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard and pressed their way to a 21-9 first-quarter advantage, then answered a Lady Ram comeback by knotting the score at 11-11 in the second period. Raton took a 32-20 lead to the locker room at intermission.

“They jumped out quick, but credit the ladies — they fought back to play Raton on even terms. But we still went into halftime down 10 points,” LeDoux said. “We did not execute like we have been doing lately, but Raton’s defense had something to do with it.”

The Lady Rams continued to play hard and battled Raton on nearly even terms with Raton eking out a slim 19-12 advantage in the third period. The Lady Rams took a 51-32 lead heading into the final quarter of play.

In the final period, the Lady Rams ran out of gas, and Raton responded by out-scoring Cimarron 18-6 to seal the deal at 69-38.

“We came off the flu dilemma and played well against weaker competition. But as we continued to play without practice, our conditioning showed,” LeDoux said. “We ran out of gas in the fourth period.  The kids played hard, but a lot of shots just didn’t fall for us.”

The dynamic duo of Selina Rael and Jessica Pittman led the Lady Ram offensive attack with 17 points and 14 points, respectively. Jamie Knox added five points, with Amy Gonzales also tossing in two points to account for the Lady Ram total.

“We need to get some more ladies un-tracked as far as scoring goes, but defensively everyone has picked it up,” LeDoux said. “We’re still making a lot of mistakes and are making a lot of turnovers, but that we can work on in the next couple of days.”

The Lady Rams were on a roll and playing good ball until the flu took its toll during the last few weeks. The players are nearly over the flu as a team, but they lost precious practice time as well as conditioning. LeDoux hopes to use a full week of practice with a full team to regain the players’ conditioning and to work on deficiencies as district play starts.

Two games that were cancelled due to the flu were not able to be rescheduled at this time.

“Now it comes down to District 1A play, and we need to get back to where we were a few weeks ago and just go out and give it our best,” LeDoux said. “This is the second season (district), and it will prepare us for the third season (playoffs).”

The Lady Rams and Ram boys will travel over Bobcat Pass to battle the Lady Wildcats of Questa on Friday (Feb. 8). The Lady Rams will tip off at 5 p.m., with the Rams to follow at approximately 6:30 p.m.