By Marty Mayfield
Raton hosted Tierra Encantada Saturday evening for another round of district basketball competition and came away with a mark in the win column for both varsity teams.
The varsity ladies took to the court first (no JV games) and Raton took the early lead in the game by working the ball around and down inside to Sydni Silva who managed to drop in six points. From the outside both Estrella Vargas and Andie Ortega rounded out the scoring. The Lady Scorpians struggled getting the ball inside and were forced to settle for the outside shot. They also struggled at the line going one of six in the first quarter.
Second quarter action the Lady Scorpions faired a little better at the line going three of seven and keeping up with the Lady Tigers from the floor with both teams scoring in double digits.
Second half action saw the Lady Scorpions defense stall the Lady Tigers efforts at scoring and bring the game to within one point before the Lady Tigers defense went to work and stopped the Lady Scorpions from staying close. By the time the final buzzer sounded the Lady Tigers had once again extended the lead 14 and pulled off the win 51-37.
Tierra 8 15 12 4 37
Raton 16 14 7 14 51
Tierra Encantada High Point
Destini Nevarez 9 1 of 6 free throws
Stephanie Gonzalez 9 1 of 2 free throws
Free Throws 6 of 23 attempts
Raton High Point
Estrella Vargas 12 6 of 12 free throws
Sydni Silva 10 2 of 5 free throws
Andie Ortega 9 1 of 2 Free throws 2 3 pointers
Free Throws 16 of 29 attempts
The boys game was a close on starting off as both teams dropped a 3-point shot to start off the scoring. Raton however added three more while Tierra could only garner one more 3-pointer. Both teams did double digits in the second quarter with Raton once again outscoring the Scorpions 20-13. Neither team visited the free throw line in the first quarter Austin Jones stepped up to the line nine times making five for the Tigers while Tierra only made three of eight shots from the charity stripe.
Second half action was much the same with Tierra and Raton starting out slow with no-one scoring in the first three minutes of play. By the end of the quarter both teams only managed to score nine. In the fourth quarter the Scorpions rallied but it was to little to late as they outscored Raton 17-14 and at the final buzzer Raton pulled out the win 58-51.
Tierra 10 13 9 17 51
Raton 16 20 9 14 58
Tierra High Point
Manny Hernandez 15 5 of 8 free throws
Justin Vigil 19 1 of 1 free throws
Free throws 7 of 14
Raton High Point
Jonathan Cabriales 13 2 of 3 free throws
Austin Jones 15 5 of 13 free throws
Free throws 8 of 17 attempts