By Leroy Chavez, Sports Writer
SANTA FE—The Cimarron Lady Rams opened the 2015-2016 season with a solid and convincing
57-17 win on the road in Santa Fe Friday (Nov. 13).
“I didn’t know what to expect, losing three starters from last year that provided a lot of our scoring,” said Lady Rams head mentor Patricia LeDoux. “The girls responded by playing great team ball offensively and also played hard on defense.”
In the opening period, the Lady Rams came out on fire running to a 15-5 first period lead, then used a 16-4 advantage in the second stanza to take a commanding 31-9 lead at intermission.
“We came out on fire and really hustled,”said LeDoux. “Our backcourt of Reina Arguello and Angel Gonzales handled the ball well and distributed the ball well. We played good, unselfish ball.
The second was more of the same as the Lady Rams kept the pressure on running to another 16-3 advantage to take a 47-12 at the ¾ mark. In the final stanza, Cimarron outscored Monte Del Sol 10-5 to seal the deal at 57-17.
“It was a great team effort and I have to give kudos to our seniors, Genry Haukebo and Mariah Vanderli, who stepped up their game, but importantly, provide positive leadership,” said LeDoux. “I also thought that Zoe Salazar and Jesslyn Selph played tough on the shared wing position. We had the opportunity to play everyone and I really liked our depth with Shaylee Rinde, Samantha Ogata, Alexis Martinez and Maya Salas.”
Offensively for the Lady Rams, it was a balanced attack with 6 girls making the scoring column. Reina Arguello paced the squad with 18 points and fellow back court mate, Angel Gonzales added 15 points to lead the pack. Mariah Vanderli was the third double-digit scorer with 12 points, while Gentry Haukebo just missed double digits with 9 points. Zoe Salazar and Jesslyn Selph each added 2 points each.
“It’s important to have scorers inside and outside and we have both,” said Ledoux. “We won’t rely on one scorer and teams won’t be able to key on just one person.
The Lady Rams play the Lady Panthers of Peñasco Friday (Nov. 20). A junior varsity game starts the action off at 3 p.m., with the girls to tip-off at 4:30 p.m. and the boys varsity at 6 p.m.
Saturday (Nov. 21), the Lady Rams play Santa Fe Waldorf at 10 a.m., with the boys JV to follow at noon in a game against Raton, with the varsity to follow at 1:30 p.m.