DEMING – Organ Mountain High girls stretched the Lady Wildcats’ winless streak in the District 3-5A to six games with a 52-25 victory Tuesday at Frank Dooley Court on the campus of Deming High School. The win was hyped by the return of former Lady ‘Cat Harmanie Dominguez. Dominguez is playing out her senior year as a Knight.
Dominguez led the Lady ‘Cats in scoring, rebounding, assists, free throw percentage and 3-point shooting as a sophomore. The 5-foot-7 playmaker was also named First Team All-District in 2019. She has signed a letter of intent to play at Adams State in Colorado upon graduation.
Deming (6-13, 0-6) had an opportunity to keep the game close early against a slow start by the Knights. The ‘Cats trailed 13-8 after the opening period, led by senior Lily McMillan who tossed in a basket and two free throws.
The Knights (13-6, 3-2) tightened the defense to a stifling level and limited the Lady ‘Cats to a basket in the second period while rattling off 14 points for a 27-10 half time advantage.
The Knights did not have a good shooting night but the Lady ‘Cats failed to take advantage. McMillan was the lone Lady ‘Cat who consistently challenged the OMHS defense and she finished as the game’s leading scorer with 14 points. Ten of those 14 points came in the second half when she put the Lady ‘Cats collectively on her back.
The Knights did shoot well enough to finish the second half with a 24-14 advantage to seal the 27-point win.
Knights sophomore Caitlyn Turnbow put a clinic on how to score in the low post. The 5-foot-10 center led her team with 12 points. Dominguez added 11 and Helena Strawbridge chipped in with 10.
The Lady ‘Cats will host the Las Cruces High Bulldawgs on Friday at DHS. The ‘Dawgs maintained their share of the district lead with a 42-36 victory over Mayfield High on Tuesday night. The ‘Dawgs will come in 14-6 overall and 4-1 in league play.
Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Friday on Frank Dooley Court.
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Score after each period
Organ Mtn. 13 27 37 52
Deming 8 10 17 25
Organ Mtn. – Caitlyn Turnbow, 12; Harmanie Dominguez, 11; Helena Strawbridge, 10; Yvanna Villareal, 6; Jessica Roberts, 5; Hailey Hernandez, 5; and Ilani Delgado, 2.
Deming – Lily McMillan, 14; Moniqa Enciso, 4; Jacqueline Aguayo, 2; Amanda Santistevan, 2; and Cadence Turnbow, 2.
This article originally appeared on Deming Headlight: Organ Mtn. Knights keep Deming Lady 'Cats winless in District 3-5A