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Ortiz keeps Bears close in loss

The Independent of Edgewood, New Mexico

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After two starting point guards fouled out, Desirae Ortiz took over for the Estancia Lady Bears on Friday, but the undefeated (17-0) Magdalena Steers basketball team still won 4542.

"I kind of tried to take over as a leader when I had to take point," Ortiz said, "It was a little hard to adjust to." She's used to "playing a wing" as a shooting guard but stepped into a different role in braking Magdalena's full-court press.

Victoria Barner went on a tear in the opening quarter with nine points and was the Bears' leading scorer with 13. Estancia led 16-9 after a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Kaiya Coburn and her cousin Haley Coburn had a soft touch in the second quarter with six points.

Shawna Blaisure, working hard for rebounds all day, put the Bears up 26-21 just before the half, but Kaiya was in foul trouble before the teams went to the locker room. Kaiya fouled out with just seconds gone in the third period and Thomas got her third foul soon after.

With two fouls in quick succession, Thomas fouled out before the period ended. The Bears remained close, but a long Ortiz last-second trey was off and the Steers won.

Estancia coach Ernest Renteria said, "I need them [Kaiya and Erin Thomas] out there. I don't need them on the bench."

Renteria added, "I am proud of how the bench stepped up— Desirae, Deirdre Garley and Robin Jones against a premier team."



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Original Publication Date: February 4, 2009



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