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.
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.