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Oñate vs Carlsbad Basketball

I got the long weekend started right with the Oñate Lady Knights hosting the Carlsbad Cavegirls on Friday, January 14th.

Both teams are on the rise, and I would be surprised if they didn’t progress deep into the tournament this year.

It’s great to see the Lady Knights find some success, and no doubt new coach Ben Trujillo has something to do with it. Not particularly big, the Knights are fast and deadly accurate from three point range.  Jackie Lopez, Josie Morales, Kelsie Niefhoff and Alexyss Burkhartsmier were all on fire; very fun to watch.

Carlsbad, led by Taylor Edmondson, has some size and looked equally as hot from the beyond the arc. The Cavegirls were a little too much for Oñate, winning 61-54.

Photo Gear

In the past I’ve carried along my 70-200 f/2.8 and 24-70 f/2.8 thinking they’d be useful for fast indoor action, but I’ve since resigned myself to leaving them at home. Comparing them to the primes I use (35mm, 85mm, 135mm and 300mm) the zooms, while more convenient, don’t have the speed or quality I’m looking for.

Photographically, every gym has its own set of challenges, and at Oñate the biggest problems are the orange bleachers and the green color cast given off by the tungsten lighting; not the best color combination.

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‘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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