Las Cruces played host to Carlsbad in first round action in the 5A state tournament.
The Lady ‘Dawgs had little trouble with the youthful Cavegirls, defeating them 49-23, but Carlsbad fought hard.
It was a fitting win for the senior-heavy Bulldawgs, who last year fell to Cibola in a first round home game. This year, aside from a few poor performances, Cruces played tough all year. With more balance than any other team I’ve seen this year, I honestly think they have what it takes to win a championship.
At the end of the game the team cut the net off the basket and used a ladder to climb to the basket that looked about as old as the school.
I also got to see a few of my favorite student athletes, Shannon Niemeier and Taylor Edmondson from the Carlsbad squad. I’ve gotten to know them from prep and club volleyball, and it’s always a pleasure to talk to them. Only sophomores, I think these two have alot of potential to do some good things for Carlsbad.
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