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Lady Bengals Open Season With Win
Zach Wargo 20'
The Lady Bengals hosted the Shiprock Chieftains this past Saturday night on November 18. With first year head coach Todd McBroom, Gallup hung on for the 66-58 win Saturday night, as the Lady Bengals were led by Junior Ashley Antone who scored 15 points, and Senior Journey Gillson who had 14 points. Once Gallup had secured the lead by ending the first half with a 5-0 run, extending their lead to 34-28 at halftime.
The first quarter featured Shiprock getting off to a fast start, with their largest lead of the game at 12-2, then Gallup closed the lead by ending off the first quarter with a 12-3 run to put them down by one point at the start of the second quarter.
Gallup did not look back after they ended the first quarter, with the defense forcing steals, contesting shots, and pressing for most of the game putting pressure on Shiprock’s offense. Gallup ended the first half with a layup, and then a three-point play within the last five seconds in the half, putting them ahead by six at halftime.
In the second half, Gallup took control of the game, with their largest lead being 53-42 at the start of the fourth quarter, and being consistent at the line to solidify the win for the Bengals. Gallup shot 66% from the free-throw line, with Journey Gillson scoring eight of Gallup’s 13 points in the fourth quarter. Gallup’s next game will be Wednesday November 22nd, at Valencia.
Gallup Lady Bengals: Shiprock Lady Chieftains:
Ashley Antone: 15 Points; 2/2 FT Kylie Mckinley: 5 Points; 1/1 FT
Amanda Mitchel: 8 Points Laila Charley: 2 Points
Journey Gillson: 14 Points; 4/6 FT Mikayla Charley: 8 Points; 2/4 FT
Ashia Smith: 2 Points Tiontah Woods: 15 Points; 8/11 FT
Kamryn Yazzie: 6 Points Chamika Begaye: 4 points; 2/2 FT
Lanae Notah: 8 Points; 1/1 FT Alona Johnson: 2 Points; 4/2 FT
McKleigh Begaye: 4 Points Tia Woods: 9 Points; 5/7 FT
Leona Smith: 9 Points; 1/3 FT Tayya Dale: 9 Points 3/4 FT
Evette Lansing: 4 Points; 6/4 FT
Sources: Gallup Independent
Local Gallup Basketball Teams Looking Strong
by Lucy Martinez '18
After the game interviews with the Carlsbad coach and the Miyamura coach were done. Mr. Zumbrun from Carlsbad wishes to do well in this tournament despite all the unfamiliar teams, while also hoping to see his team get better and continuously improve throughout the season (Carlsbad is ranked number 2 in the 6A coaches polls in New Mexico). On the other hand, Coach Gilbert from Miyamura thinks that next year they will do a lot better in the invitational, however thinks they will do pretty decent since they kept up with a 6A team. He believes that they his team did do pretty decent job so far, yet missed a lot of shots. Gilbert is a first year coach at miyamura yet has high hopes for his team and his future coaching career at miyamura hoping to break the curse the girls basketball team holds and go to state after 7 years. To do so he wishes his girls to build a bond as the season continues.
As the day went on the Lady Bengals opened up their night against rival school Grants Pirates. The game started out with heavy pressure from both teams and back to back points. Most points gathered by the Bengals were in the paint, as they worked their middles well, and drived often. On the other hand the Pirates drove often and were sent to the line with the first quarter ending with a score of 13-10 Bengals up. With the start of the second quarter Ashley Antone switched the momentum to the Bengals, sinking a three, than obtaining a layup after a turnover right after. After that the Bengals caught fire making 30 points in the second quarter with 11 points all being from the free throw line. Despite the fire the Bengals obtained both teams stayed aggressive ending the first half with multiple fouls, Grants with 12 team fouls, and Gallup with 15. After the half Grants could not recover, with many missed shots, and thrown away balls. The Bengals continued to take off ending the game with 71-34 making it a tough break for the Pirates.
Interviews with coaches were done after the game with both coaches giving great feedback of their teams. The Grants Pirates Coach Sanchez hopes to turn the game around in the tournament and gain momentum, with better defense, and more running of an offense. Throughout the season he also wishes to see his young team come together ,and mesh, while progressing everyday till the end. As for Coach Mcbroom the head coach for the Lady Bengals, he thinks the girls could've played better wishing to see more ball movement, and the girls to finish as the tournament continues. As for the season the goal is to see improvement every day; doing so he thinks his girls have a good opportunity to make state if they continue to work well and flow together throughout the season.
Miyamura Patriots will play the Winslow Bulldogs at 1:30 pm on December 1st, while the Gallup Bengals will play Tohatchi Cougars at 7:30pm on Friday night.