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Lions Dominate Tigers Thursday

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The JV Lady Tigers and JV Tigers had a tough go as the Lions from Santa Rosa dominated the court Thursday evening, January 28th as Raton began district play this week.

The boys played their game at the Russell Marcy Academy while the girls were in Tiger Gym. The boys kept it close for a quarter before the Lions turned up the heat and in the third quarter ran off with the game scoring 26 points in the quarter.

The girls also struggled as turnovers and missed opportunities turned into points for the Lady Lions. The second half of the game Raton was held to only eight points while Santa Rosa knocked in 24 for the win.

JV Girls 

Santa Rosa  17  15 11  13  58

Raton           12   9    3    5  29

JV Boys

Santa Rosa  14  12  26  15  67

Raton             7    7    9   13  36

During the girl’s varsity game the Lady Lions played a tight defense that held Raton to single digits scoring in the first half of the game. When Raton managed to get the ball down the court, turnovers or missed shots resulted in the Lady Lions taking it back down court for points. The second quarter was the toughest for Raton as they were held to only four points while Santa Rose dropped in 20.

The Lady Tigers did better at the line posting a 9 of 16 shots while Santa Rosa could only muster 7 of 19 attempts on the night. The Lady Lions held Raton scoring to a minimum as none of the girls managed to score more than seven points in the game. The second half of play was a closer scoring game as Raton stepped up the defense and held Santa Rosa to only 10 points in the third and 14 in the fourth. Despite the much better play in the second half the second quarter deficit was to much to overcome for Raton and when the final buzzer sounded it was a win for the Lady Lions.

Varsity

Santa Rosa 13  20  10  14  57

Raton           8    4   11  10  33

Santa Rosa High Point

Sharmaine Benally  19  3 of 5 free throws

Free Throws  7 of 19 attempots

Raton High Point

Andie Ortega 7

Free Throws 9 of 16 attempts

The Raton varsity boys started the game out better than any of the other teams, but it wasn’t long into the first quarter before Santa Rosa put on the press and started to pull away. By the end of the first quarter the Lions had taken a 15 point lead. The Santa Rosa press forced Raton to turnover the ball often and when Raton did get down the court the Lions out rebounded the Tigers missed shots. By the end of the first half it was a 52-24 game.

Second half action for Raton was a turnaround game as they came out and started finding the basket and working the ball inside. Raton broke the lion press and managed to put in 18 points with nine of those coming from Jason Parker who popped in three 3-pointers before the Santa Rosa defense could figure out a way to slow him down.

The Tigers continued their scoring ways into the fourth and the defense began to work as they outscored the Lions 13 to 7. But once again that first half was more than the Tigers could come back from with the final buzzer sounding a 74-55 win for the Lions.

Santa Rosa  25  27  15  7  74

Raton           10  14  18 13 55

Santa Rosa High Point

Christian Chavez  23  5 3-pointers

Javante Chavez 20  4 of 4 free throws

Free Throws  10 of 14 attempts

Raton High Point

Jonathan Cabrieles 18  1 of 6 free throws

Jason Parker 13  3  3-pointers

Jesse Espinoza  12  1 of 5 free throws

Free throws  4 of 17 attempts

Kerrigan Weese (21) goes for the shot while Jasmine Silva (30) and Kylie Harrison work in for the block

Kerrigan Weese (21) goes for the shot while Jasmine Silva (30) and Kylie Harrison work in for the block

Becca Muniz (24) goes in for the lay-up but Jasmine Silva(30) and Ambria Lucero (2) make the shot impossible during the JV game Thursday in Tiger Gym

Becca Muniz (24) goes in for the lay-up but Jasmine Silva(30) and Ambria Lucero (2) make the shot impossible during the JV game Thursday in Tiger Gym

Cassidy Guana (31) makes the block and draws the foul as Estrella Vargas goes in for the shot Thursday evening in the girl's varsity game

Cassidy Guana (31) makes the block and draws the foul as Estrella Vargas goes in for the shot Thursday evening in the girl’s varsity game

Amber Higgins (13) struggles with Autumn Archuleta (0) for the ball during the varsity girls game Thursday evening

Amber Higgins (13) struggles with Autumn Archuleta (0) for the ball during the varsity girls game Thursday evening

Coach Victor Esparza wearing sneakers as it was Suits and Sneakers Coaches against Cancer night.

Coach Victor Esparza wearing sneakers as it was Suits and Sneakers Coaches against Cancer night.

It was coaches against cancer night at Tiger Gym as boys coach Jose Archuleta wears the suit and sneakers

It was coaches against cancer night at Tiger Gym as boys coach Jose Archuleta wears the suit and sneakers

Joaquin Romo (25) impedes Jesse Espinoza (1) as he goes in for the shot Javanese Chavez (34) stands by during the boy's varsity game in Tiger Gym

Joaquin Romo (25) impedes Jesse Espinoza (1) as he goes in for the shot Javanese Chavez (34) stands by during the boy’s varsity game in Tiger Gym

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Austin Jones (5) drives the lane as Joaquin Romo goes for the block and draws the foul in the boy's varsity game Thursday evening in Tiger Gym

Austin Jones (5) drives the lane as Joaquin Romo goes for the block and draws the foul in the boy’s varsity game Thursday evening in Tiger Gym

Jesse Espinoza goes in for the shot while Joseph Esquivel (24) and Mark Saiz go for the blocks Thursday evening

Jesse Espinoza goes in for the shot while Joseph Esquivel (24) and Mark Saiz go for the blocks Thursday evening

Jonathan Cabrieles drives inside as Luis Medford attempts to block the ball and draws the foul as he comes down on Cabrieles arms Thursday night in Tiger Gym

Jonathan Cabrieles drives inside as Luis Medford attempts to block the ball and draws the foul as he comes down on Cabrieles arms Thursday night in Tiger Gym

 

One comment on “Lions Dominate Tigers Thursday

  1. Davy Delgado says:

    What incredible photographic talent, Marty Mayfield.