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Girls beat Aztec

The Lady Tigers exorcised their demons on Tuesday (Jan. 4) against Aztec after suffering a one point loss in a nail-biter to Española Valley last Thursday (Dec. 30).

Aztec had to deal with an early injury at the 6:35 mark when Araceli Huaracha landed awkwardly going for the rebound with several other players’ feet in her landing space. She would have to be helped off the court, a person assisting on each shoulder, preventing her from putting too much weight on her right knee. 

Marika Moyer got the game with a smooth running layup in transition. Kelila Lewis struck back quickly for Aztec hitting a deep 3-pointer. The Lady Tigers took the lead again when Eunique Salazar hit an open baseline jumper. In almost identical play (except this time coming off a screen) Lewis hit another 3-pointer near the same spot to give Aztec the lead 6-4. 

From thereon the Lady Tigers would start to dominate. They scored five more points and shut down Aztec to end the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter Isabela Herrera extended the lead to double digits by hitting a 3-pointer, making it 18-8. Immediately after Kionamua Ely got a steal and made an impressive running bank shot where she received contact in stride, did not get the foul call, and it didn’t affect the easily made basket.

From there, the game kept sliding away for Aztec.

After a missed Dahnyell Martinez free throw, the Lady Tigers stole it from the inbounder and passed it to Shaylee Mirabal for the bucket. Aztec almost had an awesome inbound play go their way to close the half when Nika McKenzie sprinted to the rim from near half court but botched the wide open layup. 

The Lady Tigers were up 24-8 by halftime and would go on to win 41-25.

Tigers shred the Pirates

The boys also got some revenge after having to spend three days competing in tough games in Las Vegas only to finish as the runner ups in the Stu Clark Tournament last Wednesday (Dec. 29). When they traveled to Grants on Monday (Jan. 3) they took care of business.

They fell back into the old habit of blowing out opponents ranked significantly beneath them. The 55th-ranked Grants Pirates were plundered in this matchup. The Taos Tigers won 68-37.

They improve to 8-3 for the season and will be heading to the Ruidoso Mountain Madness Shootout Thursday evening (Jan. 6),  where they will face teams of a similar strength to that of Grants.

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