Lady Tigers fall to Class 3A power in Santa Fe

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It hasn't been the bigger schools that have given the Lady Tigers troubles this season.

But Class 3A powers Hope Christian and Santa Fe Indian School have wins over Los Lunas, after the Braves won 41-33 on Tuesday night in Santa Fe.

Los Lunas (9-2) has a week to prepare for Moriarty's visit, set for a 7 p.m. Tuesday tip.

Santa Fe Indian (11-1) survived a late rally fueled by two 3-pointers from Dominique Pohl to pull Los Lunas within one, 32-31.

"Then, we just didn't get the stop that we needed," said Tiger coach Marty Zeller. "We came right back down and gave them a layup. Those 3-pointers are something, but when you give up layups that is killer."

Teige Zeller, Los Lunas' leading scorer with 12 points, played carefully with four fouls for most of the forth quarter.

The Braves went on a 7-0 run to make it 39-31 before Zeller hit a 2-point bucket to narrow the lead to six with less than a minute left.

"We got hurt by their experience," said Zeller, noting that senior Jordan Benavidez did not make trip for personal reasons. "We only had two on the trip and they have seven seniors."

Los Lunas led 15-8 midway through the second quarter when Santa Fe Indian went into the spread offense. It unnerved the Tiger defense.

"They did a nice job of adjusting by spreading the floor," said coach Zeller. "We did not do a good of adjusting to do what is required defensively when they spread the floor."

The Tiger coach could not believe that his team had trouble scoring from that point.

"This team should not hold us to 17 points in a half," he said, relating a conversation at the half with assistant coach Pat Powers. "Then we go out and score six (in the third). That was a killer for sure."

In addition to Zeller's 12, Pohl scored eight, Sanae Gaerlan had six, and Katie Inman, Elise Tapia and Alyssa Vigil had two points each. Tinaya Murphy scored one.

"It is not a good night for us when Teige and Tinaya both have off-nights," said Zeller.


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