ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The five seeded La Cueva Bears gave the top ranked Hobbs Eagles one of their toughest challenges of the year in the state semi-finals on Thursday. After six ties, three lead changes, and even two ejections, Hobbs was able to pull away with a 44-42 victory.

The game started on a 9-0 run by the Bears as the La Cueva defense took over the game early. Hobbs was held without a field goal for the entire first quarter, but they clawed back the rest of the way, finally taking a lead in the 4th quarter. The deciding bucket came from freshman Aliana Armitage.

Hobbs will play Volcano Vista for the blue trophy on Saturday at 4 pm.