Editorial: Demonettes fight to the very end

From left, Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Joel Boyd celebrates a win with Santa Fe High’s Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage and Jackie Martinez in the Pit. The Demonettes won a state championship for the first time since 1988 last week. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

From left, Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Joel Boyd celebrates a win with Santa Fe High’s Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage and Jackie Martinez in the Pit. The Demonettes won a state championship for the first time since 1988 last week. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

The cheers are still echoing all the way from the Pit.

In winning the state girls basketball 4A championship, Santa Fe High’s Demonettes ended a 26-year drought last week.

More important, they proved – to themselves and to others – that grit, determination and a never-say-die attitude are key to success. Playing defending state champion Los Lunas, a team that had won 20 straight games, the Santa Fe girls took four-and-a-half minutes to score their first point. The girls had only half the points of the Tigers at half-time, trailing 18-9.

At that point, it might have been easy to feel defeated and give up.

No way.

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The players came back on the court reinvigorated, swarming to hold down the scoring of Los Lunas’ 6-foot-2 senior post and fighting back to finally earn their first lead of the night with less than five minutes left in the game. They kept pressing and accomplished an 8-0 scoring run to finish on top, 34-29.

It’s an accomplishment that the teammates and their fans will remember and treasure for a long time.

Congratulations, ladies!

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