New Mexico Basketball Tournament

This week I am permanently encamped in Albuquerque to cover the State basketball tournament. We have five girls teams and two boys teams that have made it to the finals, including Wingate, Gallup, Kirtland Central, Navajo Prep and Navajo Pine girls; and the Gallup and Navajo Pine boys teams. Of course, some of the gamesare at different places at the same time, so I couldn't get to all of the games.

All of the images I took today (and for the rest of the tournament it appears) are without any flash/strobe lighting. I just got my company Nikon D2H back from repair, and am also using my personal Nikon D200. Between choosing to shoot all of my work in RAW/NEF format and making use of Noise Ninja plug-in for Photoshop I think that the images will be acceptable.

Wingate Lady Bear Jennifer Peshlakai (23) leaps toward the basket Tuesday morning while Hope Christian Husky Andrea Torgrimson (5) tries to keep her from scoring.

Wingate High School band director Pat Neff plays the drums while keeping an eye on the action as the Wingate Lady Bears play in the New Mexico 3A Girls Basketball Championships on Tuesday at The Pit in Albuquerque. The Lady Bears lost 68-59 to the Hope Christian Huskies.

Wingate Lady Bear Alicia Smith (21) drives between Hope Christian's Kristin Smothermon (12) and Meaghan Martinez (15) as she tries to score.

Tuesday evening I was back at it, covering the girls 5A play-off game featuring Gallup and Alamogordo at the University of New Mexico arena - AKA The PIT.

Gallup Lady Bengal Telisha Joe (11) runs around Alamogordo's Brandy Tanner (55) during the New Mexico High school girls 5A state tournament Tuesday night at the Pit in Albuquerque. The Lady Bengals won 35-25 and advance to the next round on Thursday.

Gallup Lady Bengal Cleo Clank (33)aims for the hoop Tuesday night as the Bengals defeated Alamogordo 35-25.

Gallup Lady Bengal Ryequel Denny and her teammates run up the ramp as they leave floor of The Pit after defeating Alamogordo.
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