West Las Vegas raced out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back as the Lady Dons opened the season with a 51-32 win over Taos at the Gillie Lopez Gym on Monday.
The Lady Tigers managed to pull within five midway through the first period, but the Lady Dons held on for a 12-7 first period lead.
“We let them get back in the game,” said head coach Jose Medina. “We started to relax and we were not following through on defense and we weren’t rotating well on our press. “
The Lady Dons got five second period points from Linda Esquibel as West increased its lead to a 22-16 advantage.
West managed to slowly increase their lead in the third period outscoring Taos 9-5, before Geneva Rivera scored all her 10 points in the final period and Esquibel added six as the Lady Dons went on a 10-2 run and outscored the Lady Tigers 20-11 in the final eight minutes.
“It was a good game for us,” said Medina. “We played hard and we passed the ball well to each other.
Medina did add that he feels one area in which he would like to see improvement is in the perimeter game. “We were a bit rusty with our perimeter shooting and we have to get more constant.”
One area which Medina did say his Lady Dons showed strength was in the pressure defense applied throughout the contest. The Lady Dons managed to collect 15 steals which resulted into points.
Esquibel led the scoring with 14 points and added six rebounds and three steals. Miranda Martinez added 11 points and four steals and Rivera pulled down four rebounds.
The Lady Dons will participate in the Brian Gallegos Tournament starting this Thursday at the John A. Wilson Complex.