Lady Jags play tough second half in win

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It was a milestone basketball win for the Valencia High girls, capturing a 48-45 win at Miyamura on Friday night to move into first place tie with Los Lunas in District 6-4A.

The win on the Patriots' home floor was the first district win for the Jags in Gallup.

The Jags (14-4 overall, 2-0 in District 6-4A) host Grants (9-9, 0-2) in a game set for a 7 p.m. tip on Thursday. Valencia concludes the week with a visit to Belen (6-10, 0-2) on Saturday.

It looked like it would be tough for Valencia to pull out the win against Miyamura. The Patriots led 24-17 at the half before a 21-point explosion in the third quarter tilted the game in favor of the Jags, 38-36.

"We had a strong third quarter, executed better and played team ball," said coach Shannon Vigil. "We did not play very well the first half. We didn't execute plays and we weren't playing as a team."

The Jags got balanced scoring, led by Miranda Chavez, who had 12 points.

Brenda Baeza had 11 points, Tori Torres scored eight, Savannah Stump and Karina Dow scored seven each, and Mariah Ibuado finished with three.

Valencia was able to tie the game at 17-all, before Miyamura (9-7, 1-1) went on a 7-0 run to close out the first half.

"The girls did a great job of keeping their heads up, rising to the challenge and fighting in the second half," said Vigil. "They never gave up, and it was a well-fought and well deserved win." 


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