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Tigers Take On Cottonwood Classical Coyotes

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

It was a close game for the JV boys while the Raton girls made it a big win and varsity boys loose the lead for a big loss Thursday evening in Tiger Gym as Raton hosted Cottonwood Classical a school from Albuquerque.

JV Boys

The Coyotes took the early lead and blew it out in the second quarter by outscoring Raton 24-4 to create a commanding lead of 39-17 at halftime. During the halftime break something happened as Raton came out of the locker room and tore up the second half of the game. In the third quarter Raton came alive and put the press on and played a tough brand of ball that produced turnovers and points scoring 25 in the third. The fourth quarter saw the Coyotes go to the free throw line for 24 shots which produced 14 points and the only points for the Coyotes in the fourth. By contrast Raton went to the line three times but made the points to pull out the win in the final minutes of the game 64-60

JV Boys

Cottonwood 15  24  11 14  60

Raton           13   4  25  18  64

Varsity Girls

The Raton girls struggled a little in the first quarter with the Lady Coyote defense but soon put things together for a big second quarter defensively holding Cottonwood to only four points. Raton worked the boards and pressed the Lady Coyotes and as the second half went scored big while holding Cottonwood to only 18 points in the second half to Raton’s 32.

Cottonwood  10  4  10  8  32

Raton           13  11 16 16 56

Cottonwood High Point

Aidyn Hesus 12  4 of 8 free throws

Free Throws 10 of 22 attempts

Raton High Point 

Estrella Vargas  18  7 of 10 free throws

Sydni Silva 13  1 of 4 free throws

Free Throws 14 of 29 attempts

Varsity Boys

Raton kept the game fairly close and actually had the lead a couple of times with the last one in the third quarter before the press and a strong defense causing turnovers and making points allowed the Coyotes to pull out a big lead for the final buzzer.

Raton kept the first half fairly close going into halftime down by five 32-27. Raton returned from the locker room and played ball and actually took the lead back at 33-32. But that was the end of that as the Coyotes came clawing back and put on a full court press that stifled Raton to only six points in the third which would be the big difference in the game.

Cottonwood  16  16  14  16  62

Raton            12  15   6   13  46

Cottonwood High Point

Josiah Anaya 15 points

Vishal Patel 13  2 of 2 free throws

Ryan Nieto  13  1 of 3 free throws

Free throws 8 of 17 attempts

Raton High Point

Jonathan Cabrieles 15  3 of 6 free throws

Austin Jones 12 4 of 6 free throws

Free throws 12 of 25 attempts

Ismael Tafoya drives the ball to the basket as Caleb Jaramillo takes the foul during the JV game Thursday evening in Tiger Gym

Ismael Tafoya drives the ball to the basket as Caleb Jaramillo takes the foul during the JV game Thursday evening in Tiger Gym

 

Jaelyn Garcia (10) makes it very hard for Camryn Mileta to make the shot as she gets a hand in the way while Camryn puts up the ball early in the game Thursday evening.

Jaelyn Garcia (10) makes it very hard for Camryn Mileta to make the shot as she gets a hand in the way while Camryn puts up the ball early in the game Thursday evening.

 

Estrella Vargas (3) drives into the lane as Alicia Padilla (15) and Jaelyn Garcia attempt the block Thursday evening in Tiger Gym

Estrella Vargas (3) drives into the lane as Alicia Padilla (15) and Jaelyn Garcia attempt the block Thursday evening in Tiger Gym

 

Sydni Silva (30) drives for the basket on her way to two of her 12 points on the evening as Teddee Saavedra works for the block

Sydni Silva (30) drives for the basket on her way to two of her 12 points on the evening as Teddee Saavedra works for the block

 

Estrella Vargas (3) drives in for the lay-up as Jaelyn Garcia (10) gets a finger on the ball to disrupt the shot.

Estrella Vargas (3) drives in for the lay-up as Jaelyn Garcia (10) gets a finger on the ball to disrupt the shot.

 

Kerrigan Weese and Angelica Ornelas look to see the referee call the tie ball as they struggled for the ball during the varsity game Thursday evening in Tiger Gym. Sofia Maddaleni looks on from behind.

Kerrigan Weese and Angelica Ornelas look to see the referee call the tie ball as they struggled for the ball during the varsity game Thursday evening in Tiger Gym. Sofia Maddaleni looks on from behind.

 

Andie Ortega (14) goes for the lay-up as Karena Aguilar goes for the block and draws the foul Thursday evening in Tiger Gym

Andie Ortega (14) goes for the lay-up as Karina Aguilar goes for the block and draws the foul Thursday evening in Tiger Gym

 

Jaelyn Garcia (10) was all over the floor as she gets a hand on the ball to prevent Halle Medina (13) from making the shot Thursday evening in Tiger Gym

Jaelyn Garcia (10) was all over the floor as she gets a hand on the ball to prevent Halle Medina (13) from making the shot Thursday evening in Tiger Gym

 

Jaelyn Garcia(10) goes for the block as Autumn Archuleta goes for the shot late in the game with Cottonwood Classical Thursday evening.

Jaelyn Garcia(10) goes for the block as Autumn Archuleta goes for the shot late in the game with Cottonwood Classical Thursday evening.

 

Vishal Patel (3) despite the height difference gets a hand on the ball as Austin Jones goes up for the shot during the varsity game Thursday evening in Tiger Gym

Vishal Patel (3) despite the height difference gets a hand on the ball as Austin Jones goes up for the shot during the varsity game Thursday evening in Tiger Gym

 

Austin Jones makes the shot as he works for his 12 points on the evening.

Austin Jones makes the shot as he works for his 12 points on the evening.

 

Jonathan Cabriales (4) drives to the basket as Abenicio Maestas (13) goes for the block during the varsity game Thursday evening.

Jonathan Cabriales (4) drives to the basket as Abenicio Maestas (13) goes for the block during the varsity game Thursday evening.

 

Jesse Espinoza (1) goes in for the lay-up as Abenicio Maestas (13) gets a hand on the ball in the second quarter Thursday evening

Jesse Espinoza (1) goes in for the lay-up as Abenicio Maestas (13) gets a hand on the ball in the second quarter Thursday evening

 

Jesse Espinoza (1) goes in for the lay-up as Abenicio Maestas (13) gets a hand on the ball in the second quarter Thursday evening

Jesse Espinoza (1) goes in for the lay-up as Abenicio Maestas (13) gets a hand on the ball in the second quarter Thursday evening

 

On the floor the boys wrangle for the ball as Vishal Patel (3) and Austin Jones work for control of the ball Thursday evening during the varsity game.

On the floor the boys wrangle for the ball as Vishal Patel (3) and Austin Jones work for control of the ball Thursday evening during the varsity game.

 

Bret Cervantes (4) gets a hand on the ball as Darien Lewis (22) goes up for the shot late in the varsity game Thursday evening.

Bret Cervantes (4) gets a hand on the ball as Darien Lewis (22) goes up for the shot late in the varsity game Thursday evening.

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