Lady Jags score girls basketball upset on Gallup's court

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Valencia got a history-making upset at Gallup to take sole possession of second place in the District 6-4A girls basketball standings.

Karina Dow scored 18 points as the Jaguars won their first game ever on the Bengals' home court, 53-49.

Valencia (16-6 overall, 4-2 in District 6-4A) is set to host Miyamura (9-11, 1-5) on Thursday night before traveling to Grants (12-10, 3-3) on Saturday. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. tipoffs.

VHS is hoping to avenge a loss to Grants on their home court earlier this month.

"We're excited for the rematch with Grants, although it will be a hostile environment playing at their place," said Jag coach Shannon Vigil. "The key will be to execute offensively and limit turnovers, something we did not do last time."

Vigil explained how important the Gallup (15-6, 3-3) win was.

"To get a win at their place, in front of that type of atmosphere, is just amazing," said Vigil. "We did a better job of execution and we shot well from the free throw line."

Valencia hit 12-of-17 from the line, including Dow and Tori Torres hit big shots in the final minute to secure the win.

It didn't look as if the Jags would get the win in the first half. Down by 14, Torres hit two 3-pointers just before halftime to close the gap to 27-19.

Dow scored 11 points in the fourth quarter as the Jags outscored Gallup 21-15 in the final frame.

"Even though we trailed at times and were down as much as 12 points at one point, the girls never hung their heads or gave up, but kept fighting," said the proud Valencia coach.


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