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Raton moves on in District Tourney with win in Double Overtime

Taos    6    9   11  12  6   10   54

Raton 10  13  10   5   6   11  55

Taos High Point

Feliz Espinoza 20 3 of 8 free throws

Midnight Lujan 10 8 of 10 free throws

Free Throws 19 of 40 attempts

Raton High Point

Shania Dorrance  13 9 of 12 free throws

Free Throws 23 of 41 attempts

Highlights

At the end of regulation play the score was tied at 38.

Needless to say it was a tight game with the Taos Lady Tigers never falling behind more than 12 points in the game.

Taos took off and scored first keeping the lead well into the first quarter before Raton finally found a handle on the ball and started scoring.

Free throws played a big part of this game in both the number of attempts and shot made as both teams hit less than 50% at the line. 

Feliz Espinoza put up a three point shot from the right wing and well outside the three point line with only 2 seconds left in the first overtime to tie the game at 44. 

Shania Dorrance put in two free throws to give Raton the lead in the second overtime. It would be the winning two points of the game.

By the end of the game Raton had lost four of their key players to fouls Mariah Romero, Sarandon Walton, Mikala Vertovec who fouled out first and Michelle Guara who got into foul trouble early 

Taos coach Robert Trujillo had studied his opponent knowing who were shooters and who to get into foul trouble early. He was still studying video before the game. 

 

Taryn Trujillo was noted as a shooter, here she is double teamed by Feliz Espinoza (34) and Elena Espinoza (5) and just gets the pass off as

Taryn Trujillo was noted as a shooter, here she is double teamed by Feliz Espinoza (34) and Elena Espinoza (5) and just gets the pass off as

 

No Pressure, no pressure at all as Michelle Guara stands at the free throw with .6 seconds on the clock and two shots. Michelle makes one to tie and misses the other to send it into overtime.

No Pressure, no pressure at all as Michelle Guara stands at the free throw with .6 seconds on the clock and two shots. Michelle makes one to tie and misses the other to send it into overtime.

 

A quick rest and into the first overtime for the first round of district tourney play

A quick rest and into the first overtime for the first round of district tourney play

 

Shania Dorrance does the honors agains Midnight Lujan as they girls square off for the second overtime of the night.  Mikala Vertovec who usually does the center jump had fouled out of the game.

Shania Dorrance does the honors agains Midnight Lujan as they girls square off for the second overtime of the night. Mikala Vertovec who usually does the center jump had fouled out of the game.

 

Shania Dorrance at the line as she readies the shot, Shania put two through the hoop to put Raton in the lead and the win. Her two shot came with only seconds left on the clock.

Shania Dorrance at the line as she readies the shot, Shania put two through the hoop to put Raton in the lead and the win. Her two shot came with only seconds left on the clock.

 

Shania Dorrance goes up for the shot as Feliz Espinoza gets and hand on the ball and draws the foul sending Shania to the free throw line

Shania Dorrance goes up for the shot as Feliz Espinoza gets and hand on the ball and draws the foul sending Shania to the free throw line

 

With only seconds on the clock coaches Leon Romero and Sara Davis explain the plan. Raton went on to win the game with the score shown on the board.

With only seconds on the clock coaches Leon Romero and Sara Davis explain the plan. Raton went on to win the game with the score shown on the board.

 

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