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Lady Bobcats drop 3rd straight with 70-66 loss

Karl Schneider
kschneider@daily-times.com

FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield girls basketball team is in a bit of a slump right now.

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After going 17-4 through the first 21 games of the season, the Lady Bobcats have dropped three straight following tonight's 70-66 loss on the road to Gallup.

Bloomfield coach Tom Adair said he has seen the Lady Bobcats' confidence drop during the losing streak.

"They can't have that happen. You can't start doubting yourself. We've had a great season and can still have a great season. It's not over," Adair said. "This is the most important part of the season and we have to come back and go to work. It's like if you miss a shot — you can't worry about it. You have to believe the next shot is going in."

The Lady Bobcats (17-7, 6-3 District 1-5A) fell behind early and trailed 40-31 at halftime. But in the third quarter they returned to form, outscoring Gallup 16-5 in the quarter.

But the Lady Bengals (12-12, 5-4) didn't stay down for long, retaking the lead in the fourth and forcing Bloomfield to foul for extra possessions. Unfortunately for Bloomfield, Gallup connected on 8 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter to hold on for the win.

Three Lady Bobcats finished in double figures. Destiny Walther led the way with 22 points. Kara Watchman added 17 and Alyssa Quintana chipped in 12.

The Bloomfield loss moves Kirtland Central (7-2 in District 1-5A) into sole possession of first place in the district standings.

The Lady Bobcats can force a one-game playoff with KC for the No. 1 seed in next week's district tourney with a win at Farmington (10-14, 4-5) and a KC loss versus Gallup on Friday night.

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.