On Thursday, January 19 the Trinidad High School Lady Miners hoops team opened home court at Donnelly Gym to the Lady Tigers from La Junta High School for a chance to change the conversation about Lady Miners basketball from one of a team frustrated and under performing to a girls basketball team rising to its full potential. Lady Miner head coach Ipek Turkyilmaz stating, “They told me they were going to win in the locker room before the game.” Lady Miners 34. Lady Tigers 30.
And as continuation of the raw Lady Miners determination to improve and mature as a team after rediscovering passion for basketball last week versus state No.1 Lamar High School, the Lady Miners took no prisoners in upping their team game even further than anyone expected.
A somewhat stunned Miners crowd greeted with high decibel hello’s to home court a far more stunned Trojan Tourney champion Lady Tigers team as the Lady Miners set the scoring standard early with an obscene assault on the bucket from outside the arc for copious triples scored. Sophomore Lady Miner student-athlete and power forward barbarian No.31 Julia Holden, junior student-athlete and greezy guard No.15 Jasmine Abeyta each with a three point score with utility CEO junior student-athlete No. 23 Jamielynn Vallejo for two triple dippers. The Lady Miners closeting an absurd seven three point shots for the game.
High scoring percentages for all Lady Miners from all over the hardwood arena allowed the Lady Miners to finely focus an eagerly ready shut-down defense to deny La Junta any sort of easy opportunity for the Lady Tigers to score anything. All Lady Miners moved many steps up the performance scale by somehow doubling efforts on both defense and offense over the extreme pursuit delivered ruthlessly to Lamar the week before. The Lady Miners providing a real show of joy for basketball and the desire to win.
One Lady Miner student-athlete became both an elite team hoops master and natural team leader for the surging Lady Miners hoops squad. Senior Lady Miners student-athlete No.12 Frieda Ochoa.
Ochoa has often seen sunshine during play while the Lady Miners have had a frustrating season, with Turkyilmaz often mentioning “effort” and “focus” missing from an early season Lady Miners team struggling to find a way to win. Ochoa didn’t merely take the bull by the horns of a Lady Miners team once struggling now surging, Ochoa broke that bulls back with high percentage shots outside and underneath for deuces, banging boards for rebounds underneath while directing the wheelhouse from garrison command, firing bb’s to open Lady Miners staring at clean looks to the bucket. Ochoa’s patience and attention to detail during offensive scoring opportunities allowed the Lady Miners to put away with prejudice twenty six team points thru the second and third period, sending away the far favored La Junta Lady Tigers for a final 34-30 after four.
After the Lady Miners played their finest team effort of the season against the Lady Tigers, Trinidad’s home grown Lady Miner hoops team gets the opportunity to again shred the Lady Tigers from La Junta Tuesday, Jan. 23 at La Junta High School at 5:30 p.m. Catch the conversation. The conversation has changed.