ARTESIA — Artesia Lady Dogs Head Basketball Coach Jeff Houghtaling was happy with the crowd turnout at the Bulldog Pit Friday night.
The outcome was a different story as the Alamogordo Lady Tigers (6-12) defeated Artesia (9-9) 45-42.
“I thought folks came out and supported us, thought we could have played a little better, but it is what is, we didn’t come through down the stretch and Alamo played well,” Houghtaling said after the game.
The first quarter looked promising for Artesia, despite getting off to a slow start they led 13-4 at the end of the opening period. Alamogordo had trouble finding their footing in the opening period.
In the second quarter Alamogordo was starting to get on solid ground, however, the Lady Dogs were able to stay one step ahead of them as Artesia led 27-23 at the half.
“It seems like we get to going and then we lose a couple, anybody can see by looking at our record its been kind of a roller coaster,” Houghtaling said.
“I think we’re still preparing, I wish we had have won the game, we’re not playing as good as we outta be playing right now, we’ll have another game to prepare before district gets here,” Houghtaling added.
In the third quarter Alamogordo was able to overtake Artesia with more than three minutes left to play thanks to a pair of downtown shots from junior Faith Silva. When the third period ended the Lady Tigers had a 38-35 lead and outscoring Artesia 15-8.
In the final period, Alamogordo was able to keep Artesia at bay and come away with the win.
Artesia seniors Gracie Puentes and Stacia Martinez scored in double figures with 14 and 13 points respectively.
“We didn’t play very well tonight,” Houghtaling said.
Artesia has a chance to redeem themselves this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. as Ruidoso pays a visit to the Bulldog Pit. The Lady Dogs defeated them at the start of the season 66-31 at The City of Champions Classic in Artesia.
“I hope we come out and play a little better and shot the ball a little better,” Houghtaling said. “We’re playing a lot of games and so I can’t hang my emotions on one game every night, I’d be worn out.”
Meanwhile in Alamogordo, it was a clean sweep for the Tigers versus Artesia, as the Bulldogs went down 50-47 at the Tiger Pit. Artesia (12-6) has the chance to avenge the loss this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at Santa Teresa.
For the Bulldogs it will be the final non-district game before league play starts next week at home against Lovington.