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Lady Bengals Slide by Patriots 61-52; Will play Bloomfield Thursday in Semis.
By Zach Wargo '20
In front of a massive crowd Tuesday night, the Pit would be packed, as expected full of Gallup fans from both rival schools. The three seeded Bengals who are coming off a dominating win against Capital, would look to ride deep into State with a win against its rival Miyamura, who were looking for another upset this month. Knowing the stakes, this would be the biggest game in Miyamura’s 10 year history, as they would be playing Gallup, and a chance to make it to the state semifinals for the first time in school history. Gallup on the other hand, would be looking for another trip to the semifinals, the fourth trip in seven years. Going into the game both teams split the season series, with Miyamura taking down the lady Bengals earlier in the year, and then later Gallup getting revenge on them later into the season.
The game started out slow, and had no rhythm to the game, for the entire first half, Gallup played very sloppy from the start of the game, towards the end of the 1st half. Scoring started with Hanna Toledo, and then a quick basket by Miyamura. Very little fouls were called during the game, as it was a very early back and forth battle. Many Gallup fans thought that the lady Patriots would be nervous coming out of the gate, as most of their players have never played at The Pit, and in a game this important, that was not the case, as Miyamura would knock down jumpshots and attack to the basket for layups. At the end of the 1st quarter, the game would later be tied 8-8.
The start of the 2nd quarter proved to be much different, both teams started to play fast as Gallup continued to play with a press for the entire game. Miyamura continued to put pressure on Gallup to score, as they sure did late in the quarter. It started with a three pointer made by Amanda Mitchell, who would later become an important asset for the lady Bengals later on in the second half. Miyamura would soon hold on for the lead as the score would be 26-22. The first half provided us with not many free-throws, or a consistent rhythm for either team, with sloppy play by both teams.
Gallup was looking for a start of a run in the second half to scare the Lady Patriots from holding their lead, which once again they got, late in the 3rd quarter. With Gallup down as much as six, which was at multiple times in the game, Amanda Mitchell once again got Gallup back into the game with a 9-0 run in a very short amount of time, and helping Gallup out with making four of Gallup’s eight three’s to give them their first lead since the score was 6-4. Although Miyamura seemed to hold steady, and remained with the lead, Foul trouble was not a problem at all for either team, as it was a fast, and free-throwless game until the 3rd quarter. Gallup would soon go into the final quarter only down by two, with a score of 37-39.
The 4th quarter seemed as the final eight minutes for whoever’s season was coming to an end, the game had lived up to the hype, and was well worth the money the crowd had came here for. Once again Gallup would be fighting for it’s season, and a spot in the semifinal game against Bloomfield on Thursday. Gallup opened the quarter with a 13-3 run, thanks to three straight 3’s made by Kamryn Yazzie, who also made nine straight points for Gallup. The run would later give the lady Bengals a lot of confidence and would soon put Miyamura away for good. Late in the 4th quarter, Gallup would actually shoot it’s first free-throws of the game with only 3:28 left in the 4th quarter. The Lady bengals would shoot 7/12 from the line, and with them making 8 three’s and outscoring Miyamura 39-26 in the 2nd half. Gallup would later win 61-52, with Ashley Antone led Gallup in scoring with 16 points, then Kamryn Yazzie with 15 points, and Amanda Mitchell with 14 points.
Gallup after the win would find out they would be playing number two seeded Bloomfield once again, and for the fourth time this season. The winner would play in the State Championship game Friday night at The Pit.
About A Player: Jeff Heath
By Reylena Tsosie '21
Who is Jeff Heath we all might be asking. He is the Dallas Cowboys safety. The number on his jersey is 38. His birthday is May 14 and he was born on 1991. He went to college at Saginaw Valley state college.
In college, he was on a partial scholarship he wasn’t fully recruited. He played 30-35 games and 219 tackles and seven interceptions. For Heath’s senior year he was a soccer player.
In high school, Heath was known for being the best soccer player. His dad later said that he never knew his son was going to recognized for football. Heath got a lot of soccer scholarships.
The main thing that was disappointing to Heath was that he was never drafted, he knew he had to earn a spot for the Cowboys. Instead, he was a free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. Rick Gosselin said Heath was an overlooked college gem.