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Lady Bobcats get defensive; down Gateway 47-23

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Gateway's Hannah Martin pulls down a defensive rebound Monday against Hagerman at Gateway. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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The Hagerman Lady Bobcat basketball squad used a smothering man defense in getting a solid 47-23 win over the Gateway Christian Lady Warriors. The district opener for both teams saw the visiting Bobcats run away from a close first quarter to get the big win.

“We’ve had a couple of good days of practice to get prepared for this and Gateway’s a good team, and I’m just thankful we came out on top,” stated Bobcat coach Candace Pollard.

The Warriors would get a big offensive game from senior Megyn Balok – finishing with a game-high 16 points, and a big defensive game from fellow senior Emily Turner – a game-high seven blocks, but could not withstand the relentless pressure defense in falling to 5-13 on the season.

The Bobcats have played a brutal schedule which has included 8 3A teams and the top teams in both 1A and 2A which has led to a less-than-stellar record of 6-12. The play of their defense on Monday was more-than-stellar in holding the hosts to single digits in all of four quarters.

The game was quite close in the first quarter as Balok would nail a three and assist Turner and Hannah Martin as they trailed only 11-7 after one.

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The Cats would start to stretch the lead as senior Page Hoppes would take control in the post with two baskets and two free throws as the visitors would outscore Gateway 13-3 in the quarter. Hoppes’ final bucket would make it 24-10 at the break.

Coach Pollard credited her defense switching to a man D in helping get the score out of reach. “Usually we stay in a 1-3-1 zone over a man-to-man and I just made the decision to go to man-to-man and the girls executed it perfectly. I couldn’t ask for a better performance from them on the defensive end.”

The third quarter saw the Bobcats’ Bethany Barela and Balok both hit two buckets apiece as the Bobcats would maintain a comfortable 29-14 lead. The Bobcats would finish the quarter on a 9-1 run as Hoppes would again get two hoops to make it 38-15 heading to the final frame.

Balok would nail a three to start the final quarter but the Bobcats would take complete control as four different players would score for the final 47-23 win. Hoppes would finish with 12 to lead her squad.

Coach Holly Tipton was happy with the effort of her team despite the loss. “I thought they hustled good. My freshman are getting better every game and they’ll continue to. Megyn had another good night – buckets and assists and going to the basket and steals and going to the floor.”

The Warriors travel to Jal on Thursday while the Bobcats go on the road to Tatum on Friday as district play continues.