Take away the first quarter and the Capital girls didn’t do quite so badly. Unfortunately for the Jaguars, host Española Valley jumped out to a 27-5 lead in that first quarter Friday.
And all Capital could do was play catch-up after that.
Although the Jags did cut it to 53-36 early in the fourth quarter after an Ethena Silva 3-pointer, the Sundevils never let the lead get any smaller in winning 67-46. It’s the fifth win in six games for Española (9-6), while Capital (6-9) had previously won two in a row before this loss.
Silva finished with 17 and Cortez Miranda had nine for the Jaguars.
But the Sundevils had four players in double figures, led by Kaylee Chavez with 13. Jasmine Baca added 12, while Destiny Valdez and Kaylinn Martinez each had 11.
“We dug a really deep hole,” Capital coach Darren Casados said. “We struggled a little bit with their pressure and we couldn’t get anything going once we handled their pressure.”
Still, the Jags did their best to make it a game.
“They didn’t give up,” Casados said. “They played hard for the last three quarters. But like we told them, you can’t dig yourselves in a hole, and expect to just get out of it. We came out flat. And Española came out how and that’s what happens.”
Prior to the game, the Sundevils had a ceremony to recognize Abigail Rodarte, who played tennis and basketball for Española and was killed last summer in an auto accident.
West Las Vegas 51, Bloomfield 51
Laguna Acoma 90, Monte del Sol 59
St. Pius 70, Taos 59 Santa Rosa 100, Santa Fe Prep 67
Bloomfield 72, West Las Vegas 55
Santa Fe Indian School 64, Escalante 28
PIUS 60, WEST MESA 30: The Sartans jumped out to a 33-10 halftime lead over the Dons (6-7), who were led by John Balazan’s 10 points.
SANTA ROSA 94, MONTE DEL SOL 62: Ricardo Chavez and Shir Patel each scored 11 for the Dragons (7-7), but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Lions’ big first quarter during which they scored 35 points in the Santa Rosa Classic.
SANTA FE PREP 62, LAGUNA ACOMA 50: Sam Sparks scored 23 points for the Blue Griffins (7-4), including eight in the pivotal fourth quarter in the Santa Rosa tourney.
ESTANCIA 75, DESERT ACADEMY/ SANTA FE WALDORF 40: Liam Otero had 28 points to lead the Wild Wolves (2-7), but he didn’t get much help from his teammates in the Santa Rosa tourney.
McCURDY 71, PEÑASCO 34: The Bobcats (12-4) outscored the host Panthers (3-9) 17-2 in the second quarter en route to a 36-11 halftime lead.
TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 61, NM SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 46: Additional details on this tournament game from the California School for the Deaf Riverside Tournament were unavailable.
MENAUL 75, ACADEMY OF TECHNOLOGY AND THE CLASSICS 30: Derrick Valdez scored 10 points for the visiting Phoenix (3-6), but it wasn’t enough to overcome a first quarter in which they were outscored 33-3.
ROBERTSON 55, SOCORRO 51: Mathew Gonzales scored 20 points and Emiliano Berged grabbed eight rebounds for the visiting Cardi nals (8-8), who grabbed control of the game with a 19-6 second-quarter advantage before withstanding the Warriors’ 25-14 fourth-quarter comeback.
LOS ALAMOS 60, DEL NORTE 57: The host Hilltoppers (4-13) built a 40-25 lead midway through the third quarter before withstanding a late Knights rally.
TAOS 66, BLOOMFIELD 56: Additional details on this game were unavailable.
HOPE CHRISTIAN 67, TAOS 28: Anarica Quintana scored 10 points for the Tigers (1-11), but they could not recover from a 39-14 halftime deficit in the Hope Christian tournament.
MANZANO 53, LOS ALAMOS 46: Although the visiting Hilltoppers (6-11) held a 31-24 halftime lead, they could not hold on for the victory.
MENAUL 52, ACADEMY OF TECHNOLOGY AND THE CLASSICS 27: Naomia Lujan and Valerie Cera each scored seven for the Phoenix (1-12).
PEÑASCO 55, McCURDY 28: Additional details on this game were unavailable.
MORA 85, TIERRA ENCANTADA 11: Additional details on this game were unavailable.
LOS LUNAS 75, WEST LAS VEGAS 26: Additional details on this game were unavailable.
ESPAÑOLA VALLEY 79, SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 61: In an emotional night when former player Nicholas Kaye’s number was retired, the host Braves (7-7) could not pull out the victory. Kaye was shot and killed last summer in a fight at an Española gas station. The Sundevils (9-7) got 25 points from Ryan Trujillo, 14 from Luis Molina and 12 from Brian Martinez, while Jason Abeyta delivered 19 for SFIS and James Bridges added 16.
CAPITAL 52, BERNALILLO 46: The magic half-century mark went by the wayside for the first time this season for the Jaguars (6-8), who got 13 points from Miranda Cortez. Ethena Silva added 12 and Alyssa Martinez 10.
ESPAÑOLA VALLEY 55, BELEN 45: Additional details on this game were unavailable.
CAPITAL 70, VALENCIA 63: The northern Jaguars (11-3) used a strong first quarter to take a 19-11 lead, then held on the rest of the way over the host southern Jaguars.
LOS ALAMOS 55, ALBUQUERQUE ACADEMY 48: The Hilltoppers (3-13) led 26-16 at halftime, then nearly blew most of that lead in the third quarter before recovering for the win.
ROBERTSON 69, MORIARTY 51: Additional details on this game were unavailable.
FOOTHILLS 62, DESERT ACADEMY/SANTA FE WALDORF 57: Liam Otero scored 40 points for the Wild Wolves (2-6), but they still came up short.
SANTA FE PREP 83, ACADEMY FOR TECHNOLOGY AND THE CLASSICS 54: Sam Sparks scored 25 points, 18 coming in the first half, and Sean Coles had 14 while Dillon Abeyta chipped in 12 for the Blue Griffins (6-4).
SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 40, POJOAQUE VALLEY 38: The Braves (15-2) put the clamps down defensively in the fourth quarter, holding the Elkettes (14-3) to two baskets and five points in the second half.
PECOS 60, TAOS 25: Cassaundra Muller put up 30 points and Brittany Martinez added 11 for the Panthers (13-2), while the Tigers (1-10) fell behind 30-13 by halftime.
MORA 75, NM SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 23: Lindsay Hand scored 11 for the Roadrunners (5-6), but the host Rangerettes (7-6) got 19 each from Chrissy Cordova and Dennika Bustos.
SANTA FE 59, ST. MICHAEL’s 57: Taylor Salazar’s two foul shots with two seconds remaining was the difference for the Demonettes (6-10) over the Horsemen (8-8).
ACADEMY FOR TECHNOLOGY AND THE CLASSICS 27, SANTA FE PREP 19: That first win was a long time coming for the Phoenix (1-11), who got 14 from Valerie Cera and a stout defensive effort against Blue Griffins (3-3), which had just one bucket in the second half.
ROBERTSON 52, TOHATCHI 38: The host Cardinals (17-0) built up a 33-23 halftime lead, withstood a brief Cougars rally in the third quarter and coasted to the win.
WEST LAS VEGAS 62, SANTA ROSA 46: Briana Martinez had eight points and nine rebounds leading the host Dons (11-5) to the win.
ESTANCIA 43, McCURDY 31: Additional details on this game were unavailable.
Santa Fe sophomore shooting guard J.B. White, who already has a scholarship offer from the University of New Mexico, is recovering from a dislocated kneecap suffered Jan. 12 in Clovis. The severity of the injury should be known this week following a recent MRI.
Los Alamos boys cross country coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood were named USTFCCCA High School Cross Country Coaches of the Year. Santa Fe Prep swimming coach Dave Caldwell was named National Federation of State High School Associations Coaches Association national coach of the year.
All federal employees will get into basketball games at St. Michael’s High School for the duration of the shutdown.
UPCOMING THINGS TO SEE OR DO
BOXING: Some local favorites will highlight the Cold War card set for Saturday at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino. Española’s Leanna Martinez (4-0) and Antonio Martinez (9-5) are two of the main draws for the fight night that starts at 7 p.m. In addition, former WBC champion Fidel Maldonado Jr. of Albuquerque is part of the six-bout card. For information call 795-2772.