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Editorial: Demonettes fight to the very end

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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.

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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