‘Dawgs/Cavegirl in first round of tourney

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.

View the Las Cruces vs Carlsbad photo gallery.

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