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Wrestling tournament recap; basketball scores

By Matthew Narvaiz
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 1/16/20

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Tigers girls basketball win one, lose one

When the Taos Tigers girls basketball team faced Aztec at home on Friday (Jan. 10), they picked up a key win, defeating their opponent 31-21 to bring their overall home record to 4-1.

It was a game in which Taos made key 3-pointers, drove to the basket with confidence and defended their opponents well. In fact, the Lady Tigers held their opponent scoreless in the first quarter.

But it is when Taos plays on the road that things start to get iffy. They are 0-4 on the road this season and in some cases haven't been competitive.

On Saturday (Jan. 11), that happened to be the case. The Lady Tigers dropped their match on the road against Capital 43-21, and now have an overall record of 4-7 under head coach David Sanchez.

As of press time, the Lady Tigers will have also faced Pecos, the defending Class 2A state champions, on the road. The game took place on Tuesday (Jan. 14).

Tigers wrestlers lag in Rocky Mountain Invite

A week after having competed at the Al Salazar Memorial Tournament in Santa, the Taos Tigers headed north to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, on Saturday (Jan. 11) for what was their fourth tournament of the season.

Overall, the Tigers placed 13th out of 15 teams in total points, and the highest individual finish came from Mante Chacon who finished in fourth place in the 113-pound division. He scored a total of 14 points for Taos.

Armando Valerio placed sixth in the 145-pound class. Valerio lost the fifth-place match by decision to Anthony Abeyta of Montezuma-Cortez.

Juan Cordova also had a sixth-place finishing, but in the 182-pound weight class. He was defeated by Brody Dalton of Aztec in the final match, losing by majority decision.

Jaime Medina finished in sixth place at 195 pounds, Jerome Martinez finished eighth at 220 pounds and Lucas Filiss, who won first place in his weight class the prior tournament, finished in eighth place, too, at 285 pounds.

The Tigers will be in Colorado again this weekend (Jan. 18) when they head to Trinidad for the Gene Garland Invite.

Questa girls win three straight

The Questa girls basketball team didn't have an easy start to the season.

At one point, they were below .500. But now, the Lady Wildcats are on a bit of a roll, winning their last three games dating back to Jan. 4, when they defeated Mora in the Northern Río Grande Tournament.

Most recently, Questa has defeated the likes of Springer and Antonito in what was back-to-back games over the weekend.

On Friday (Jan. 10), the Lady Wildcats picked up a win over Springer 62-36 in a game in which they held their opponent to just eight first half points.

And on Saturday (Jan. 11), Questa picked up a 49-20 win over Antonito and scored 18 points each in both the first and second quarters, respectively. They held Antonito to just three points in the final quarter of action.

Now, Questa sits at 7-5 overall and will hit the road to face Cimarrón on Thursday (Jan. 16), the same time this story publishes.

Peñasco boys lose to Cimarrón

The Peñasco boys basketball team had won their previous two games prior to their Thursday (Jan.9) match with McCurdy High.

But the Panthers dropped their most recent outing 68-53 to McCurdy, bringing their overall record to 4-11 on the season.

The game was tightly contested through the first half, with the Panthers trailing by just two points, 29-27.

But McCurdy finished out strong, scoring 21 points in the third quarter and 18 in the fourth, while holding the Panthers to just 13 points each in the final two quarters.

Peñasco has just one more game before entering district play. On Saturday (Jan. 18), the Panthers will host Cimarrón, a team they lost to in overtime earlier in the season on the road.

After that, District 5-2A play starts and the Panthers will first face Mora on Jan. 23 in an away game before hosting Coronado on Jan. 25.

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