Leroy Chavez—Sports Writer
CIMARRON—The Cimarron Lady Rams continued to play red-hot basketball rolling to an overall non-district record of 11-2 after downing Peñasco on the road and downing a tough Mosquero team for homecoming Saturday (Jan. 17). The Lady Rams, six points from an undefeated season, will play three more games before district action starts.
“We’re coming together as a team and getting contributions from a lot of people,” said Lady Ram head coach Patricia LeDoux.
“It was a nice way to end homecoming and we’re progressing every game. We’re not resting on our success, we still have a long way to go to be where we can be.”
<strong>Cimarron 61, Mosquero 43</strong>
The Lady Pirates came into the game with only two losses, one of them to Cimarron at the Cowbell Tourney, and quickly took control of the initial period with an 11-7 advantage. The Lady Rams responded with a 22-5 advantage in the second period to steal the momentum with a 29-16 lead at intermission. The Lady Pirates continued to battle, but the Lady Rams held them off with a 19-17 third quarter advantage and outscored the Lady Pirates 13-10 to seal the deal at 61-43.
“Mosquero is a tough team, but once the press got going, we frustrated them and got a lot of points in transition,” LeDoux noted.
“We substituted quite a bit and it didn’t hurt us. Our depth is coming along real well.”
Once again, the Lady Rams got balanced scoring led by the dynamic senior duo of Jessica Pittman (24 points) and Selina Rael (11 points). Also adding to the offensive attack were Amy Gonzales with 7 points, Angel Gonzales 6 points, Reina Arguello and Mariah Vanderli 4 points each and Gentry Haukebo with 3 points.
<strong>Cimarron 65, Peñasco 52</strong>
In a non-league contest that was not as close as the score indicates, the Lady Rams rolled Peñasco 65-52 in the Lady Panthers Den Friday (Jan. 16).
“It was nice to see the girls respond well since homecoming can be a distraction,” said LeDoux.
“We got up big and relaxed and let them close the margin, but a win during homecoming week is always a bonus.”
The visiting Lady Rams jumped out to a 15-7 lead, then outscored Peñasco 21-13 in the second period to take a 36-20 lead at halftime. The Lady Panthers outscored Cimarron 12-11 in the third period and 20-18 in the fourth period, but it was too little, too late as the Lady Rams rolled to a 65-52 victory.
Jessica Pittman and Selina Rael paced the pack with 20 points and 16 points, respectively. Adding to the victory were Angel Gonzales 9 points, Amy Gonzales 7 points, Mariah Vanderli 6 points, Gentry Haukebo 5 points and Reina Gonzales two points.
“We still have to work on getting in better shape and work on detail, and oh, free throws, but I’m happy with the progress,” concluded LeDoux.
The Lady Rams played Questa at home, in a regional rematch, Tuesday (Jan. 20), then will host the Lady Tigers of Raton Saturday (Jan. 24). The non-league game is scheduled to tip-off at 6 p.m.