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Barnburner Advances Raton Boys Girls Advance to Championship Game Also

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Both Raton teams advance to the district 3AAA championship games on Saturday in Pecos.

The Raton boys got off to a slow start and trailed most of the game trailing 41-37 at the end of the third. Raton then turned up the heat and took the lead 43-41 and made it a hold your breath game allowing Desert Academy to tie the game at 50 with 1:42 left on the 4th quarter clock. With 59 seconds left Raton lead 52-50 and at with a free throw made it 53-50 with 29 seconds left. Another score and Raton ended this one 55-52 to advance to the district championship game with Pecos on Saturday.

The girls also got off to a slow start with Tierra Encantada striking the first bucket. It would be a couple of minutes before Raton would find the hole finally get on the board. The first half of the game was riddled with turnovers by both teams and the results kept the game close with several lead changes in both quarters.

As the second half got underway the Lady Tigers finally managed to find the bucket a few more times than the Lady Scorpions and finally developed an 8-point lead. As the half unfolded the Lady Scorpions simply wouldn’t give in and managed to keep the score close often coming to within five. As the third quarter wore on the Lady Tigers still struggled with turnovers from bad passes and the Lady Scorpions timing the ball for the steal. By the third quarter buzzer the Lady Tigers had a 10 point lead.

Fourth quarter action continued the same as turnovers plagued Raton, yet they managed to keep the margin about 10 points. Once the final buzzer sounded Raton pulled it out 54-46 to move on to the district championship game Saturday in Pecos.

Tierra  13   9  12  12  46

Raton 18  12  14  10  54

Tierra High Point

Jackie Coronel 9  2 of 7 free throws

Yasmine Torres 11  2 of 4 free throws

Destiny Naverez  11  3 of 5 free throws

Free Throws 13 of 28 attempts

Raton High Point

Andie Ortega  12  1 of 2 free throws   3 3-pointers

Kerrigan Weese  11  1 of 2 free throws

Sydni Silva   11  5 of 8 free throws

Free Throws  12 of 18 attempts

 

The Senior girls were honored at Thursday evening district tourney game. Seniors; Mariah Saenz, Sophia Maddelini, Montana Trujillo, McKenna Valdez and Estrella Vargas

The Senior girls were honored at Thursday evening district tourney game.
Seniors; Mariah Saenz, Sophia Maddelini, Montana Trujillo, McKenna Valdez and Estrella Vargas

 

Sydni Silva drives the lane Thursday evening against Ida Contreras during the district tourney game in Tiger Gym

Sydni Silva drives the lane Thursday evening against Ida Contreras during the district tourney game in Tiger Gym

 

Another drive the lane as Estrella Vargas goes up while Jackie Coronel gets a hand on the ball

Another drive the lane as Estrella Vargas goes up while Jackie Coronel gets a hand on the ball

 

Kerrigan Weese came off the bench and with shots like this scored 10 points for the Lady Tigers in the district tourney game.

Kerrigan Weese came off the bench and with shots like this scored 10 points for the Lady Tigers in the district tourney game.

 

Yasmine Torres and Sydni Silva battle for possession of the ball late in the district tourney game Thursday evening in Tiger Gym

Yasmine Torres and Sydni Silva battle for possession of the ball late in the district tourney game Thursday evening in Tiger Gym

 

Halle Medina and Brianna Duran struggle for the ball in the 4th quarter of the district tourney game.

Halle Medina and Brianna Duran struggle for the ball in the 4th quarter of the district tourney game.

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