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Artesia Lady Dogs’ season ends in Alamogordo

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ALAMOGORDO — The Artesia Lady Dog basketball season came to an end Friday night in the opening round of the 5A state basketball tournament.

The no. 8 Alamogordo Tigers (16-13) defeated the no. 9 Lady Dogs (15-14) 51-40. Alamogordo will play the top team in 5A, Los Lunas Tuesday morning in Albuquerque.

Jeff Houghtaling, Artesia’s head coach, said his team was flat in the opening period as Alamogordo had a 16-5 lead when the first quarter horn sounded.

“(Artesia) responded well in the second quarter,” he said. “We came out and picked up our tempo a little bit and played hard.”

The Lady Dogs outscored Alamogordo 12-5 in the second period and got within striking distance as the lead was 21-17 at the half.

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“Unfortunately the second half was a flashback to the first half,” Houghtaling said. “Third quarter was a slow start for us, Alamo was able to open it back up and the charge in the fourth quarter wasn’t enough for us.”

At the end of the third quarter the Tigers had a 36-26 lead and in the final period they held off Artesia for the win.

“They’re a good team,” Houghtaling said of Alamogordo. “For two quarters they wanted it a little worse than we did and for two quarters we wanted it worse than they did. They got out on top of us.”

“Tough game, but looking back it was a great season. Definitely thought our kids played hard all year, a lot of rewards there for me to coach. The kids are coachable, they work hard each day and they try to do what we ask them to do,” he said.

Now that the team head’s into the offseason what needs to be addressed?

“We’re gonna have to go back and look at some film,” he said. “It’s hard to say after a game like tonight, if I had to put my thumb on one thing I would have to say that we would have to be a little better shooters next year.”

“There’s a lot of things we do well, but we just didn’t make enough baskets. I’m gonna try and get the kids in the gym a little more and we’ll spend more time shooting,” Houghtaling said.

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