Even a gimpy ankle could do little to slow down Moriarty’s do-everything guard Alyssa Adams, who scored 29 points with 12 rebounds and three blocks in the third-seeded Pintos’ 47-38 win over No. 7 seed Pojoaque Valley in Class 4A girls semifinal action Thursday at the Pit.
Next up for the 27-4 Pintos is top-seeded Portales in Friday’s 3:30 p.m. championship game at the Pit.
No. 3 MORIARTY 47, No. 7 POJOAQUE VALLEY 38: It took Adams a bit to get going. She scored just one point in the first quarter as the Elkettes (23-6) built an 11-5 lead.
Pojoaque increased that advantage to 20-13 in the second quarter before the Adams train really started chugging along.
“What happened in the second quarter, we played pretty good defense the whole time,” Moriarty coach Joe Bailey said. “We dug ourselves a hole in the first quarter. We didn’t rebound well and gave them too many easy chances. Once we started rebounding better, that got us turned around.”
Adams then scored five points in a quarter-ending 6-0 run, then seven more as Moriarty (27-4) scored the first nine points of the third quarter, pushing the Pintos to a 28-20 lead.
The run at the end of the second quarter was crucial going into halftime, said Moriarty post Lydia Schmutz, who had six rebounds.
“I think it started in the first half when we came back and it just carried through,” she said. “At halftime, we realized we’re back in this game and we can come back.”
Pojoaque, however, didn’t go away, despite falling behind by as much as 36-25 at the end of the third quarter.
“It’s the state semifinals,” Bailey said. “They have good coaching. They have good players, as well. It’s not always easy.”
Twice in the waning minutes, Pojoaque cut it the deficit to three points, including once after Adams had gone to the sidelines to get her right ankle worked on.
“I think I was just freaking out a little bit because it hurt,” she said.
The Elkettes thought that might have been their chance, coach Seledon Martinez said.
“We could tell right away that they opened the door for us and we just had to walk through,” he said. “We made a little bit of a run, but we had to sustain all the way to the end and we didn’t. Then she came back in.”
And Adams said there was no way she was going to watch the end of the game from the sidelines, and even sealed the game by hitting four straight foul shots after returning.
“Honestly, we all just really want to get to the championship game,” she said. “We all want to play in the state championship. I want it and I know my teammates want it. My part is to try and give that to them.”
— Glen Rosales
POJOAQUE VALLEY (23-6): Michaela Martinez 6, Dallas Archibald 2, Taylor Roybal 3, Adrianna Quintana 6, Shania Thronas 7, Hailey Ortiz 2, Camille Cordova 8, Ashten Martinez 4. Totals 13-53 10-13
MORIARTY (27-4): Brooke Burch 2, Meredith Wilson 6, Lydia Schmutz 1, Ashley Strader 3, Stephanie Ordoñez 6, Alyssa Adams 29. Totals 9-37 28-35 38.
Pojoaque Valley 11 9 5 13 — 38
Moriarty 5 14 17 11 – 47
3-point FGs: PV 2 (Roybal, Cordova); M 1 (Adams). Rebounds: PV 32 (Quintana 4, As Martinez 4); M 46 (Adams 12). Assists: PV 9 (As Martinez 4); M 6 (Strader 3). Total fouls: PV 23; M 11. Fouled out: PV, Roybal.