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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THS Miner athletic stallion and junior student-athlete No. 24 :Lawrence Sandoval plays games with gravity as Sandoval offered both unmatched speed and tenacity on defense and an unquenchable desire to put buckets in the closet on offense in a pride driven, tightly played loss to the Lamar Savages 60-64.
The Lady Miners girls basketball team opened home court parquet to the Lamar Savages, with (left to right) No. 31 Julia Holden, No. 12 Frieda Ochoa, No. 50 Gabriela Peraza, No. 5 Justis Dionisio and No.32 Adriana Bachicha setting a rotating zone defense to slow down a surging Lamar Savage girls basketball team in a Jan. 11 loss to the Savages 20-60.
THS Miner junior student-athlete No. 15 Jasmine Abeyta fearlessly greets a down low LHS Savage defense averaging over 6 feet tall in a passionately played and emotive loss to Lamar 20-60.
Lady Miner senior student-athlete No.12 Frieda Ochoa feeds basketball passion with gusto in action as Ochoa abuses egos down low in a loss to state favorite Lamar Savages 60-20.
Miner senior student-athlete No. 20 Isaiah Garcia puts success ahead of pain and takes a thunderous body blast from Savage senior student-athlete No. 20 Isaiah LaTour to deny Lamar any easy two in a passionately played Trinidad H.S. loss to Lamar H.S. 60-64.
THS Miner sophomore student-athlete No. 5 Justis Dionisio buries a drive time shoulder chest deep into six foot three inch Savage sophomore and NCAA Div.1 prospect No. 22. Cali Clark as Dionisio turns fast breaks into scoring opportunity during a 60-20 loss to Lamar H.S. Jan. 11 at Donnelly Gym.