By Leroy Chavez, for the Chronicle
CIMARRON — The Cimarron Lady Rams, state runner-up in 2014-2015, rolled over Peñasco on Friday (Nov. 20) and Santa Fe Waldorf on Saturday (Nov.21) to roll to a 3-0 mark.
“It was a dominating weekend, the kids have been playing very unselfish and passing the ball around,”said Lady Ram coach Patricia LeDoux. “Our conditioning is good, which I attribute to most of them running cross-country.”
Cimarron 61, Peñasco 25
On Friday, the Lady Rams started on fire in the opening stanza which set the pace. It was all Cimarron as they cruised to a 17-8 first quarter advantage. There was no letup in the second period as the Lady Rams outscored the Lady Panthers 20-8 to a comfortable 37-16 lead at intermission.
If Peñasco had any intention of a comeback, it was quickly thwarted as Cimarron rolled to an 18-7 advantage to push the score to 55-23 at the three-quarter mark. With younger players closing the game, the Lady Rams outscored the Lady Panthers 6-2 to seal the non-conference contest at 61-25.
“We’re playing real well as a team and our defense has been a big key,” said LeDoux. “I was happy to see our younger players get playing time opportunities.”
The trio of Angel Gonzales, Reina Arguello and Gentry Haukebo paced the Lady Rams with 22 points, 18 points and 13 points, respectively. Also adding to the winning total were Zoe Salazar and Samantha Ogata with 4 points each and Maya Salas with 2 points.
Cimarron 62, Santa Fe Waldorf 19
On Saturday, the Lady Rams were inhospitable hosts as they pummeled the Lady Wolves 62-19 in a game that, for all intents, was over after one period of play.
The Lady Rams exploded for 26 points in the first stanza, while holding Santa Fe Waldorf scoreless. The second period was almost a repeat with Cimarron taking a 26-4 advantage to take an insurmountable 52-4 lead at halftime.
Coach LeDoux used the advantage to give her younger players extensive playing time. The Lady Rams still outscored the Lady Wolves 6-2 to make the score 58-6 at the three-quarter mark. In the final stanza, Santa Fe Waldorf managed to outscore Cimarron 6-2 to make the final 62-19.
“It was a game in which we had a chance to give our younger players a lot of playing time,” said LeDoux. “We continued to share the wealth and play solid defense,” noted LeDoux. “We just can’t get satisfied, there are some good teams out there waiting for their chance.”
Angel Gonzales paced the Lady Rams with 25 points, while Reina LeDoux added 11 points, Gentry Haukebo 10 points, Zoe Salazar 8 points and Shaylee Rinde and Jesslyn Selph each added 4 points.
LeDoux gave kudos to senior Gentry Haukebo for being an outstanding leader that has been very positive and has helped keep her younger teammates focused.
The Lady Rams will take the weekend off then will travel with the boys to Peñasco for a rematch. Junior varsity boys kick things off at 3 p.m., followed by varsity girls at 4:30 p.m. and varsity boys at 6 p.m.