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Lady Demons lose to Mescalero 38-37

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DEXTER — The Dexter Lady Demon basketball team fell just short in their home opener, falling to 2nd-ranked, undefeated Mescalero 38-37. The Demons failed to score in the final 5:48 of the game while watching Chief center Katelyn Yuzos hit a short jumper in the lane with: 09 seconds to go to win their 8th straight game without a loss.

The Demons played well in spurts – especially defensively and with there dominate rebounding edge – but could not put together offensive spurts when needed most.

“We’ve got to start working on our free throws – we missed too many free throws, too many layups,” stated coach Betty Elizondo. “And our turnovers, we have to work hard on cutting all of that down and that will change the outlook on the games.”

The opening quarter was a dismal one for the hosts as they managed only three points and trailed 5-3 after one. Both teams played a tight zone defense and did not come out of it until late in the fourth quarter.

Coach Elizondo was at a loss for the cold shooting but was happy with the effort. “The girls played hard. They did what we asked them to do and there’s not much else we can ask for. We just got to get that basket in the hole.”

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The second quarter saw the Demons regain the lead with a small 6-0 run to open the stanza. Alyssa Madden hit a long three to give the Demons their first lead since 1-0 in the opening moments of the game. Madison Bogle would follow up with a short jumper for an early 9-5 lead.

The Chiefs would hit back-to-back threes to regain the lead and the two teams would battle on even terms throughout the quarter. Fatima Lopez would rattle in a three with 1:11 to go to give the Demons a 16-15 lead, but the Chiefs would answer with a late bucket to lead at half 17-16.

The third quarter was similar to the second in that both teams went back and forth with neither team being able to lead by more than four points. The Demons, who started all seniors and used only one sub briefly in the opening quarter, led only once – at 21-20 following a free throw by Vianey Villalobos.

The Chiefs got a late hoop from freshman Samantha Kazhe to lead 29-27 heading to the final frame.

The Demons would gain control early in the fourth quarter. Anayee Carlos would hit a short jumper to tie the game and Bogle would get a three-point play right after garnering a tough offensive board off her own miss to get the bucket and the subsequent freebie to give Dexter a 32-29 lead.

The Demons would get their largest lead of the night as Marlou Blankvoort would get a three-point play of her own and Villalobos would follow with a steal and the hoop to give the hosts a 37-31 lead prompting a Chief timeout with 5:48 to play.

Whatever Chief coach Elmer Chavez said in the timeout must have worked as the Demons did not score again in the game and visitors got a layup from Yuzos with: 52 seconds to go and then the aforementioned winner with: 09 seconds to play. A final turnover prevented a late Demon shot and the Chiefs ran off the court winners.

Coach Elizondo summed up the game with compliments to the visitors. “They are tough. They are 8-0. Last year, we beat them over there by one point so I guess it was payback this year. But, the girls played well and we just got to work on some things and fine tune a lot of stuff and we’ll be ok.”

The Demons were led by Bogle with 11 points and Madden with 9.

The Demons (4-4) must now regroup and play valley rival Hagerman this Friday in Dexter.