The Hot Springs varsity girls basketball team defeated Mesilla Valley Christian for the second time this season, overwhelming the Lady Sonblazers 56-26 on Dec. 9 at Tiger Gym.
The Lady Tigers (4-1) earlier this season defeated MVC in a second-round tourney game at Lordsburg by a similarly lopsided margin.
The Las Cruces private school’s girls basketball team is extremely shorthanded this year, and ended up with only four players on the court late in the game against Hot Springs due to foul trouble.
In a classy move, HSHS head coach Terry Taylor kept one of his own players out of action along the sidelines to keep things as sporting as possible.
Ten Lady Tigers scored in the game, led by Brianna Covarrubias and Hayley Rose with nine points apiece, and followed by Limor Johnson with eight.
Additional Tiger scorers: Melene Berkstresser (6), K-Rae Apodaca (5), Jasmine Sanchez (4), Maria Chavez (4), Aubreigh Woods (4), Callie Jo Swaim (4) and Skylar Green (3).
The Lady Tigers went 6-for-15 from the free throw line, a stat line they will have to improve on, as the competition gets increasingly tougher in the coming weeks.
On Tuesday, Dec. 16, the Lady Tigers were scheduled to host East Mountain, a private school out of Albuquerque – along with the HSHS varsity boys team, back in action after a 74-39 loss to visiting Cliff in late November.
The Lady Tigers play one more final game before the winter break, traveling to Ruidoso on Friday, Dec. 19, to take on the always-tough Lady Warriors.
Hot Springs won’t return to action again until Jan. 3, when it hosts Tularosa, followed by a Jan. 13 trip to Magdalena.
The Hope Christian Tournament, Jan. 15-17, will precede the District 3-4A opener at home on Jan. 20 against league pre-season favorite Silver.
For the Tiger boys varsity team, it will be a relatively quiet December as far as games go, with the aforementioned contest against East Mountain and the Dec. 18-20 trip to the Wingate Tournament as the lone batch of outings on the schedule.
For HSHS head coach Gus Cardona, in his first full year with the Tigers after taking over the program mid-season last year, the shortage of games is a chance to get in some practice time and recover from early and pre-season injuries sustained by some of his players.
The Tigers got off to a great start in the season opener on Nov. 20, at Ruidoso, upending the host Warriors 61-50.
The 35-point loss at home to Cliff, however, exposed some weaknesses, which the Tigers hope to address beginning with Tuesday night’s contest against East Mountain.