Trinidad High School Miners girls and boys basketball teams have had a rough first half of the winter sports season.  Lady Miners head coach Ipek Turkyilmaz and boys head coach David Harnish have shared similar frustrations about their respective teams. Lack of focus, lack of effort, lack of leadership and a lack of attention to detail has plagued both boys and girls squads that have challenged league teams often far taller, more athletic and more mature as basketball programs. Last Tuesday's, Jan. 9 Miners basketball games were prime examples of both coaches worrisome frustrations. Both teams arriving at a point in the season where box scores and individual stats become irrelevant, and progress ahead alone during a rough season paramount.

On Jan. 11, both teams threw those fair team characterizations to the wind blasting off the court as the THS Miners greeted the Lamar H.S. Savages at Donnelly Gym, the Lady Miners falling 20-60 and the boys 60-64.

At first glance, the scores alone may make the minds of many believe the Miners remain as the coaches observed. That assumption would be a profound mistake as Miners basketball rediscovered well oiled grit, unlimited guts, and a truly palpable passion for the game of basketball.

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