Gaerlan, Zeller score 18 each in Lady Tiger win

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Los Lunas got back on track on Tuesday night with a District 6-4A girls basketball home win over Miyamura, 66-53.

The win means that the Lady Tigers (21-4, 8-1) can finish no less than second place and that they will host a playoff game on Thursday night. The tip is set for 7 p.m.

Los Lunas concluded the season Friday night, hosting Valencia (19-6, 7-2) in a game that began after the News-Bulletin went to press. The outcome of that contest determined the No. 1- and No. 2-seeds for the upcoming district tourney.

"It would have been nice to go into state with a big old winning streak," said coach Marty Zeller, referring to the previous game's loss at Gallup. "A loss along the road is always a good wake up call. I think we learned a lot from it."

The big changes the Tigers took to the court in the win against Miyamura were a better communication on defense and a variety of looks on offense, said Zeller.

Tinaya Murphy, who scored 19 in the visit to Miyamura, did not hit a trey. Sanae Gaerland took over, though, and scored 18 points by connecting on five from behind the arc against the Patriots.

Senior Teige Zeller also scored 18 points and Nikki Hathott, who had two 3-pointers, had 15 points.

"It is time to show our different looks," said coach Zeller with a chuckle. "We haven't shown them for a reason, because timing is everything and videos go flying around the state."

Los Lunas remained ranked No. 1 in Class 4A in the only statewide poll, conducted by New Mexico Overtime Sports Center.

Santa Fe, Roswell, Española Valley and Valencia follow in the Internet poll.

"I think we have the tougher district," said Zeller. "We have the stronger schedule all year and we deserve to be number one."

The Class 4A state tournament seeds will be released on Sunday after the district tournament ends Saturday, March 2.

One of the keys in the Miyamura win was that Los Lunas only committed seven fouls to the Patriots' 17.

The Tigers hit 10-of-17 from the line while Miyamura was 3-of-4.

Los Lunas led throughout, taking a 30-23 lead at halftime and entering the fourth quarter with a 50-35 edge.


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