Lead up to the holiday season (and shortly thereafter) is tournament season in New Mexico. Tigers will be taking on a powerhouse team this week as the Peñasco teams journey east.
Below are the Taos County high school basketball scores for Dec. 14-16, 2017.
Taos Tigers (4-3 overall)
Taos Tigers 79, Escalante Lobos 63 (Dec. 14)
The Taos Tigers played their second consecutive game against a class 2A foe – taking on the Escalante Lobos at home Dec 14.
From the outset, the Tigers grabbed a commanding lead and held on for the 79-63 victory. The Tigers now sit at 4-3 overall and are in the midst of a two-game win streak. The thread will be tested, though, when the Tigers welcome the undefeated Bernalillo Spartans to Otero Gymnasium Dec. 21. After a convincing defeat in the Henry Sanchez Invitational basketballl tournament in Bernalillo Nov. 25, the Tigers will be aiming to avenge the prior loss and hand the Spartans their first loss of the season. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
Taos Lady Tigers (4-4 overall)
Taos Lady Tigers 44, Navajo Prep Lady Eagles (Farmington) 52 (Dec. 15)
In a clash of class 4A juggernauts, the Lady Eagles of Navajo Prep (Farmington) beat the Taos Lady Tigers at Otero Gymnasium Dec. 15 – moving Taos to 4-4 overall on the season. The loss marks the third straight defeat at the hands – or rather, the talons – of the Lady Eagles stretching back to last year, when Navajo Prep swept Taos in their two non-conference meetings in the 2016-17 season.
Peñasco Lady Panthers (9-2 overall)
Peñasco Lady Panthers 74, Wingate Lady Bears 43 (Dec. 14)
Peñasco Lady Panthers 46, West Las Vegas Lady Dons 51 (Dec. 15)
Peñasco Lady Panthers 57, Mora Rangerettes 41 (Dec. 16)
The Lady Panthers are on track to fulfill an early season goal of Coach Gilbert Mascareñas by carving out two wins at each of the two tournaments Peñasco has attended this year.
“I hope to win at least two-of three games at the Santa Fe Indian School, Ben Lujan Tournament and Northern Rio Grande tourneys,” said Mascareñas at the start of the 2017-18 campaign, “If we can do that, then I feel we are on the right track.”
So far, the Lady Panthers have done just that in their first two tourneys, and the only two losses incurred by Peñasco have come at the hands of class 4A teams.
The Lady Panthers will accompany the boys' team as they head to Tucumcari to take on the Lady Rattlers Dec. 22 before taking a break from competition for the holidays. The eastern flank team is a formidable opponent – currently undefeated with a 10-0 overall record, and ranked number one in class 3A. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The boys game will follow shortly after the conclusion of the girls' game.
Questa Wildcats (1-7 overall)
Questa Wildcats 40, Maxwell Bears 78 (Dec. 15)
The Questa Wildcats continue to struggle as they succumbed to the Maxwell Bears for the second time this year by 34 or more points. The loss moves Questa to 1-7 on the season, with their solitary win coming at the expense of a non-varsity opponent at the Annual Cowbell Invitational Dec. 7.
Both boys and girls teams will be on break for the holidays and will resume their respective campaigns Jan. 2.
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