Magdalena’s Gerleanzy Ganadonegro had a team-high 18 points against Animas.
Russell Huffman | El Defensor Chieftain

MAGDALENA —Gerleanzy Ganadonegro celebrated Senior Night with 18 points, but she would have exchanged being the Steers’ scoring leader for a win as Magdalena dropped a 55-42 District 2-1A girls basketball game to Animas on Feb. 11.

After a 16-16 first quarter, the Steers went cold on offense and fell behind at the half 33-24.

“It kind of looks like we just have two quarters where we just don’t show up scoring-wise, and it ends up biting us in the butt,” Magdalena coach Sara Sue Olney said.

Olney has been patient with her talented but inexperienced squad that has just three seniors in Ganadonegro, Irene Martinez and Melody Summers.

The future of Magdalena girls basketball is bright, but it will take on-the-court experience for that to happen. The Steers are a positive 13-12 on the year but are 3-6 in league play and currently in 5th place.

“We don’t score tremendously anyway. So, when we get in those holes, it’s hard to dig ourselves out of them,” Olney said. “We started really good. It’s those two middle quarters. I think we just don’t execute things at times.”

The Steers scored eight points in the second and third quarters, and the lull was too much to overcome. While the Steers executed their second-half plays, the shots weren’t falling for them.

“We do some great things execution-wise, and then we do some not-so-great things execution-wise. I’m not disappointed with our execution. We have to keep those lulls to a minimum,” Olney said.

Jorianne Mirabal was second on the Steers’ scoring list with nine points despite picking up two fouls in the first quarter, which limited her ability to be aggressive in the paint.

Scoring

Aliza Apache 3, Jema Ganadonegro 1, Elia Cleveland 2, Irene Martinez 4, Kambree Montoya 5, Jorianne Mirabal 9, Gerleanzy Ganadonegro 18.