Lady Jaguars run past Capital again; Moriarty next

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There’s always room for improvement.

Amid the Valencia High girls basketball team’s 62-28, mercy-rule win over visiting Capital High on Tuesday, there were still things the host Jaguars could have done better.

News-Bulletin file photo: Miranda Buck of Valencia makes her way up court in a recent game. The Lady Jaguars are set to play a 7 p.m. game at Moriarty on Tuesday, and will host Del Norte on Saturday, Dec. 22.

The Jags’ next chance to improve their game will be Tuesday, Dec. 18, when they travel to Moriarty. The game is set for 7 p.m.

Valencia (4-2) dominated Capital almost as it had done last week in a 53-16 win at the Capital tournament. However, CHS, also called the Jaguars, had more energy Tuesday, especially in the second half.

“Capital definitely came out stronger than at the tournament,” said VHS coach Shannon Vigil. “They did a better job of pressure defense, especially in that second half.”

After going up 12-5 by the end of the first quarter, Valencia outscored the visiting Jaguars 23-1 in the second quarter to lead 35-6 at halftime.

Even though the game was already out of hand, the host Jags did stumble a bit in the second half. They only outscored Capital by one point in the third quarter, and by four points in the fourth period.

“In the third quarter, we couldn’t score,” said Vigil. “And we did a poor job of setting up plays and executing. We need to do a better job of closing out games.”

VHS sophomore Savannah Stump led all scorers in the game with 18 points, and she was one of 10 Valencia players to get into the scoring column. Karina Dow added 11 points.

Adriana Ochoa led Capital (1-6) with 12 points.

The host Jaguars hit four 3-pointers, and made 23 shots from the field, but were 12-of-22 from the foul line.

Valencia held Capital to seven field goals, but sent them to the free-throw line 31 times. Fortunately, the visiting Jaguars only made 13 of those foul shots.

“We fouled way too many times,” said Vigil. “We put them in double bonus and let them shoot 16 free throws in that (fourth) quarter. Almost half their points came from the free-throw line.”

The Jags are set to host Del Norte on Saturday, Dec. 22. One of the many milestones Valencia hit in 2011-12 was beating the Lady Knights, coached by Peralta resident David Medina, for the first time.


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