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Artesia throws Jags off the trail

Jeff Houghtaling, Artesia Lady Dogs head coach, goes over the game plan with his team during a break Friday night. Artesia defeated Santa Fe Capital 60-54 and will host Los Alamos today at 3:30 p.m. at the Bulldog Pit in Artesia. (Mike Smith Photo)

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ARTESIA – Some key baskets in the last seconds helped the Artesia Lady Dogs (3-2) take down Santa Fe Capital (6-6) Friday night 60-54 at the Bulldog Pit.

Junior Paityn Houghtaling and senior Alexa Riggs helped propel Artesia past the Jaguars.

“At the point in the game it was real situational stuff,” said Jeff Houghtaling, Artesia head coach. “We can talk about it’s a layup or a foul (and) that’s our only two options when we’re ahead at the end and we gotta make a good decision with the ball and I think both of those shots were layups, those were the difference in the game down the stretch.”

Riggs had 5 points for Artesia in the victory and Paityn Houghtaling had 8.

“It was a good win for us,” Jeff Houghtaling said. “We played very well and then we didn’t play very well.”

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Artesia outpaced the opposition in the first half outscoring the Jags 13-9 in the opening period and then 18-13 in the second period.

The Lady Dogs led 31-22 at intermission.

In the third quarter Artesia had a ten point lead and then in the final period the Jags decided to go on the prowl.

Freshman Ethena Silva had the hot hand for Capital in the final frame scoring 12 points, including a three-pointer in the early in the final period.

She finished the game with 20 points.

Besides the last second baskets from Riggs and Houghtaling, some free shots from junior Brehnan Davis and a couple of field goals by junior Kyrah Gonzales kept Artesia from being the hunted.

Senior Gracie Puentes was the leading scorer for the home team with 20 points and senior Kali Crandall also scored in double figures with 10 points.

Artesia doesn’t have long to celebrate the win as Los Alamos comes to town for a 3:30 p.m. contest today.

“They’re tough.” Jeff Houghtaling said of the opposition.

“They’re going to be a high-pressure man-to-man team, Los Alamos is traditionally very disciplined on both ends of the floor,” he said.

“I think it will be a real challenge for us, that’s why we got them on the schedule, we like to play these games where we can play some northern 5-A teams and the idea is that helps us down the road in (playoff) seedings,” he added.

Gateway 42, Carrizozo 19

Megyn Balok scored 16 points as the Lady Warriors advance to the championship and will play today at 6:30 p.m.

Mayfield 47, Roswell 40

Roswell Lady Coyotes received a super effort from senior Kaitlyn Holl. Holl offensive game is starting to come around in the last week. Holl scored 17 of Roswell’s 40 points, as they led 18-17 at halftime. A slow start to the third quarter was their undoing, as they managed to score nine points.

Roswell (2-6) will play at 10:30 a.m. today against Centennial.

Loving 52, Lake Arthur 10

A very trying season for the Lady Panthers continued with a lopsided 52-10 loss to the Falcons. The young Panther squad showed a lot of hustle and saw little positive steps in the right direction despite the one-sided affair.

Coach Wagner (also the girls coach) was very pleased with what he saw despite the score. “Overall, I thought we looked really good. All of our girls are really young – we got 8th-graders and freshman mostly and playing against older girls. They were bringing the ball down court and setting up the offense and getting the ball into the middle. For the first time this year, we dealt with the pressure and things were happening for them. They keep improving. You can see all kinds of improvement especially in fundamentals. I’m really proud of them.”

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