Lady Tigers Take Big Halftime Lead, Survive Furious Comeback By Cliff

By Tony A. Archuleta

HERALD Reporter

The Hot Springs varsity girls basketball team won its home opener Saturday, Nov. 22, in Tiger Gym, defeating visiting Cliff 47-44.

Cliff, which has been mostly dominant against the Lady Tigers in recent years, found itself in mostly uncharted territory, as the Tigers took a 32-15 point lead into the halftime locker room.

The Tigers were still leading 42-32 after the third quarter, and in the fourth quarter, the Cowgirls made a series of comebacks, but never managed to tie or lead the game.

When Cliff came within 44-41 at the three-minute mark, junior guard Madison Smith drove the baseline and scored on a reverse lay-up to give the Tigers a five-point lead.

Both teams struggled in the turnover and free-throw shooting departments late in the game.

Hot Springs could have sealed the win in the final minutes, but two misfires on the front end of one-and-ones gave Cliff a chance.

Forced to foul, the Cowgirls, trailing 46-44, sent senior guard Maria Chavez to the free-throw line. The senior guard made her second free-throw to give the Tigers a three-point lead with 11.9 showing on the clock.

Cobre called a timeout with 8.4 seconds left, and drew up a play for a three-point shot to tie the game.

Cliff’s baseline shot from three-point range hit the front iron, took one suspenseful bounce upward and fell away as time expired.

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