By Tom A. Ruiz
Special to RDR Sports
RUIDOSO — The Dexter Lady Demons won their fourth-consecutive game and 12 of the last 13 games with a convincing 64-49 win over the Ruidoso Lady Warriors Thursday night at Warriors Gym.
Dexter, 13-4, won the turnover battle with a fistful of steals and converted them into easy buckets. “We’re ranked No. 1 in the state in steals,” said Dexter coach Arthur Cobos. “I am really proud of that because that’s a team stat. I am not too big on individual stats. Our hustle and defense have won us games this season.”
In the beginning, though, the Lady Warriors, 2-15, brought the wood to Dexter They got out an early first-quarter lead, 7-1. While it was Dexter who was making the turnovers, five in the first quarter alone, which gave Ruidoso a 14-6 lead heading into the second period. In the second quarter, the Lady Demons began to turn things around.
They forced Ruidoso into eight turnovers. However, they could only convert two of those eight turnovers into four fastbreak points after the steals. “Our shooting percentage wasn’t great tonight,” said Cobos. Dexter finally seized the lead, 16-15, on a Kelsey Storie assist to Anayee Carlos for the bucket. Ruidoso would never see the lead again as Dexter would lead, 24-23, heading into halftime.
The third period was the difference in the game. That’s when Carlos performed her magic. She finished the game with 17 points. She dazzled the Dexter faithful with her behind-the-back assist passes, her run, and gun layups and by the time Ruidoso realized what had happened, Dexter had gone on a 23-15 run and a 47-38 lead headed into the third period.
“When they get going, there is no stopping them,” said Cobos. Chelsea Torres also got into the act with 15 points, and Zoey Stewart finished with eight points, which also finished off the Lady Warriors.
The fourth period was much the same for Dexter. Ruidoso just did not have any way of stopping them. “We didn’t give up,” said Ruidoso coach Troy Schmidt. “I was proud of our girls for that. All season there has been a quarter or two in a game where we break down. If we can play four quarters, we can compete with anyone,” Schmidt added.
Cobos is happy about the success the team has had this year. However, he wants the program to develop some consistency. “We’ve had six head coaches in seven seasons here,” he said.
This team has won 13 games this season and has only played two games at home. They will be at home for only the third time when they host Loving on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
By the time the season ends, Dexter would have played 20 road games and only eight home games. “It’s going to make us battle-tested, that’s for sure, especially if we have to play on the road for the playoffs,” said Cobos.
Dexter opens the district season Feb. 4 on the road at Tularosa.