DEMING – Centennial High girls handed the Lady Wildcats a fourth straight District 3-5A blowout defeat on Friday at Frank Dooley Court on the campus of Deming High School. The 60-19 Hawks victory improved the team to an 11-5 overall record and a 3-0 start in the district. The Lady ‘Cats slipped to 6-11 overall and are a winless 0-4 in league play.
The Hawks took complete command at the outset and ripped off a 19-6 advantage in the first period. Pressure defense forced a rash of turnovers in the first half that led to an even bigger lead for Centennial at 43-8.
Senior Briana Flores was responsible for all 8 of Deming’s first-half points. Centennial’s smothering defense limited looks at the basket and the unforced turnovers began to mount for the ‘Cats.
The second half was played under the “Mercy Rule,” with a running clock.
Centennial cleared its bench in the fourth period, and the lead continued to grow to a 47-point margin.
Lady 'Cat sophomores Amanda Santistevan and Lisbeth Nuñez closed out the final period combining for 6 points to trim the Hawks’ lead to the 60-19 final. Santistevan tossed in a pair of layups and Nuñez had a put-back bucket.
Flores led the Lady ‘Cats with 10 points.
Centennial was led by Joslyn Montez with 21 points. She nailed five 3-pointers along the way.
The Lady ‘Cats will be on the road Tuesday in search of their first district win when they play at Mayfield High in Las Cruces. Game time is at 7 p.m.
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Score after each period
Centennial 19 43 56 60
Deming 6 8 10 19
Centennial – Joslyn Montez, 21; Janessa Navarrete, 8; Aspen Salazar, 8; Paetin Silva, 8; Casandra Holguin, 4; Valerie Guzman, 3; Aline Eres, 2; Brooklyn Maes, 2; and Ariana Trujillo, 2.
Deming – Briana Flores, 10; Amanda Santistevan, 4; Yahaira Bejarano, 2; Lisbeth Nuñez, 2; and Lily McMillan, 1.
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