Below are the Taos County high school basketball scores for Dec. 7-9, 2017.
Questa Lady Cats (4-6 overall)
Questa Lady Cats 35, Clayton Lady Yellowjackets 54 – Cowbell semi-final (Dec. 8)
Questa Lady Cats 60, Cimarron Lady Rams 54 – Cowbell third-place game (Dec. 9)
The Lady Cats picked up two-of-three games at the Annual Cowbell Invitational Tournament and finished in third place – garnering hardware for the first time in two years. After beating the Springer Lady Red Devils in the first-round, the Lady Cats ran into a red-hot Clayton Lady Yellowjackets (4-2) in the semi-final game – ultimately succumbing to the class 3A team and eventual Cowbell champion Dec. 8. Questa rebounded with an impressive win in the third-place contest, with a 60-54 shootout with the Cimarron Lady Rams (4-2, 1-0). The six point victory avenged an earlier loss to the Lady Rams on the road Nov. 18.
Next, Questa will host the co-op team from Springer/Maxwell and the Taos Lady Tigers in the “Mini-Pit” Jan. 2 and Jan. 3 respectively. The 24-day hiatus will be countered by a five-straight game schedule to start the new calendar year when the Lady Cats head to Jacona for the 23rd Annual Northern Rio Grande (NRG) basketball tournament – their third tourney of the season – Jan. 4-6.
Questa Wildcats (0-5 overall*)
No scores available during reporting period. The Questa boys basketball lost their first-round game in the Annual Cowbell Invitational Tournament to the Springer Red Devils Dec. 5. The final in that contest was a lopsided 60-28 – the second time the Questa has lost to Springer by 30 or more points this season. There was no information or scores available for the other Wildcat games played in the consolation bracket and questions about the team remain unanswered by school personnel as of post time Dec. 9.
Peñasco Lady Panthers (5-1 overall)
Peñasco Lady Panthers 71, Coronado Lady Leopards 35 (Dec. 9)
The Lady Panthers won their third straight game – and sixth in the last seven to start the season – with a convincing throttling of the Coronado (Gallina) Lady Leopards at Jicarita Peñasco Gymnasium Dec. 9. The 71 points pumped in by Peñasco is the highest output so far this season, and the most since scoring 77 against Mesa Vista Feb. 21 last season. On the season, the Lady Panthers are averaging 59.4 points-per-game. Their lowest point total coming off their only loss of the year thus far – a 49-47 defeat by the Navajo Prep Lady Eagles in the SFIS Lady Brave Invitational Basketball Tournament Nov. 30.
Up next for Peñasco is a home game against the Cimarron Lady Rams (4-2, 1-0) Dec. 11. This is the second meeting of the two teams, and represents the second of the home-and-home series for these non-conference opponents. The Lady Panthers beat the Lady Rams, 60-38 Nov. 25. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m.
Later this week, Peñasco will be in action at the Ben Lujan Tournament at Pojoaque Valley High School in Jacona. The Lady Panthers will square off against class 4A Wingate Lady Bears (0-4) Dec. 14. The tournament opener is scheduled to start at 12 p.m.
Peñasco Panthers (2-4 overall)
Peñasco Panthers 67, Coronado Leopards 46 (Dec. 9)
Coach Brandon Gurule picked up his second career win with a 21-point home victory over the Coronado Leopards Dec. 9. The win snaps a two-game skid for the Panthers who lost two games in the SFIS Braves Invitational Basketball Tournament (to finish fourth) after beating the To'hajilee Warriors in the opening round Nov. 30. By prevailing over the Leopards, the Panthers also end a 10-game home losing streak that stretches back to the 2016-17 season when Peñasco beat Raton Nov. 22, 2016.
The Panthers resume their schedule with a home contest against the Cimarron Rams (4-2) Dec. 11. The non-conference game at Jicarita Peñasco Gymnasium is slated to tip-off at 6:30 p.m. Gurule and company are hoping to keep the home streak alive and even the series with the Rams who overwhelmed the Panthers, 64-34 in the season opener Nov. 25.
Taos Lady Tigers (3-3 overall)
Taos Lady Tigers 60, East Mountain (Sandia Park) Lady Timberwolves 31 (Dec. 7)
Taos Lady Tigers 44, Mora Rangerettes 36 (Dec. 9)
The Lady Tigers snapped a two-game losing streak with a much-needed pair of wins Dec. 7 and 9 to move to 3-3 on the season. The first victory came at home against the East Mountain (Sandia Park) Lady Timberwolves (0-5) with balanced scoring and aggressive defense that overpowered the visitors and never yielded the lead. The second victory came on the road in Mora and required a comeback on the part of the Lady Tigers, who garnered a late-game lead and held on for the eight point win over the Rangerettes (2-4).
Coach David Sanchez and his squad will be in action again Dec. 12, when they welcome the Santa Fe Indian School Lady Braves (6-1) to Otero Gymnasium. This will be followed by another home tilt against the Navajo Prep Lady Eagles (2-2) Dec. 15. Tentatively, both games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Taos Tigers (3-3 overall)
Taos Tigers 89, Mora Rangers 80 (Dec. 9)
The Taos Tigers returned to their winning ways with an exciting victory over the Mora Rangers (2-3) Dec. 9. Despite a plethora of turnovers, lead-changes and key players fouling out, Taos managed to hang on to the lead at the end to even out their overall record at 3-3. The 89 total points garnered in regulation represents the largest scoring output by a Taos Tiger team since a 93-87 win over the Bernalillo Spartans on the road January 29, 2009. The most points scored by the Tigers since 2005 was a 108-33 victory over the now-defunct Española Military Academy at home December 1, 2006.
Next on the docket for Taos is a home game against the Escalante Lobos (4-2) Dec. 14. The non-conference game at Otero Gymnasium is slated to tip-off at 7 p.m.
* - verified games