2017-18 Taos Lady Tigers Basketball Preview

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Taos Lady Tigers at a glance

Colors: Orange, black, white

Coach: David Sánchez (second year; 12-16 career)

2016 overall record: 12-16

District 2-4A record: 2-6

District 2-4A teams: Pojoaque Valley Elks, Robertson Cardinals, St. Michael’s Horsemen, Taos Tigers, West Las Vegas Dons

Key Players

Aaliyah Quintana;senior. Much of the Lady Tigers’ scoring was generated by Quintana in the 2016-17 season, including a 58-point night against the Questa Lady Cats Jan. 4 – setting a new single-game scoring record for girls in the state which she held for about 24 hours. Look for Aaliyah to keep up her scoring output with long-range three pointers, razzle-dazzle ball handling and fancy footwork.

Sophomore class;Four of the five players from the current sophomore class, including: Caitlin Tafoya, Andrica Quintana, Lauralee Trujillo, and Ariana Aguilar have played together since middle school under Coach David Sánchez’ tutelage and have logged two years of varsity experience – giving the team an added element of strength. Look for the familiarity to kick in near the middle of the regular season.

Lady Tigers Roster:

Vanessa Estrada, senior; Aaliyah Quintana, senior; Emma Martínez, senior; Alexia Trujillo, senior; Carla Martínez,junior; Emily Cordova, junior; Estrella Madrid, junior; Amiree Olivas, sophomore; Caitlin Tafoya, sophomore; Andrica Quintana, sophomore; Ariana Aguilar, sophomore; Lauralee Trujillo, sophomore; Dahnyell Martínez, eighth-grader; Madeline Quintana, eighth-grader.

2017 Outlook

The Lady Tigers will need to learn how to play complete games and finish strong. Letdowns on offense in the middle quarters and unanswered surges by opponents in the final stanza – especially during the district season – led to a 45-point-per-game scoring average that placed Taos at the bottom half of class 4A standings.

District 2-4A is one of the toughest leagues in the state. The rise of Robertson in recent years has shifted the power tilt owned by their cross-town rivals, West Las Vegas. With several key players returning for the 2017-18 season, the Lady Cardinals are poised to contend for the top spot in the district and in the state. The number two spot is open to each of the remaining teams and Taos could surprise several opponents, including Robertson.

2017 Lady Tigers schedule

Bold- denotes home meet.

* - denotes District 2-4A game

(All home games to take place at Otero Gymnasium and all times are approximate)

Nov. 21, Capital (Santa Fe), 7 p.m.

Nov. 25-25, at Bernalillo Invite, T.B.A.

Nov. 28, at Española, 7 p.m.

Dec. 7, East Mountain (Sandia Park), 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 9, at Mora , 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 12 Santa Fe Indian School, 7 p.m.

Dec. 19, Escalante (Tierra Amarilla), 7 p.m.

Dec. 28-30, at Hobbs Holiday Tourney, T.B.A.

Jan. 3, Questa 7 p.m.

Jan. 9, Los Alamos, 7 p.m.

Jan. 11-13, at Hope Christian Tourney (Albuquerque), T.B.A.

Jan. 17, at Pojoaque Valley, 7 p.m.

Jan. 20, St. Michael’s, 7 p.m.

Jan. 23, West Las Vegas, 7 p.m.

Jan. 26, Robertson (Las Vegas), 7 p.m.

Jan. 27, at Pecos, 3:30 p.m.

Feb. 3, Pojoaque Valley, 7 p.m.

Feb. 6, at St. Michael’s, 7 p.m.

Feb. 9, at West Las Vegas, 7 p.m.

Feb. 15, at Robertson (Las Vegas), 7 p.m.

Feb. 19-24, District 2-4A Tournament

Mar. 2, First Round – State Tournament, T.B.A.

Mar. 6-10, State Championships (Albuquerque), T.B.A.

Mark your calendar

The Lady Tigers will be traveling the furthest of any of the winter sports (interscholastic) teams when they venture to the southeast quadrant of the state to participate in the Hobbs Holiday Tourney. And while it may not seem feasible to follow Taos to see the tournament in person, it will be interesting to see how well the Lady Tigers match up against those very large schools – in size and in style Dec. 28-30. Also, with realignment looming next year, the home game against the Lady Hilltoppers from Los Alamos, Jan. 9 will give fans a glimpse of a potential rival match when the two teams join the same district in 2018-19.

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