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Week in Review: A look back at the top sports stories in northern NM

BASKETBALL

FRIDAY

St. MICHAEL’S 67, ROBERTSON 56: Going on the road in District 2-3A is never an easy task, but with the district turnaround point coming next week, St. Michael’s already has pocketed two of the toughest road victories in back to back games this week.

With Hayden Lee coming back from a concussion to score 15 points with eight rebound, the Horsemen were able to overcome a rough start — especially from the foul line — to turn away host Robertson. St. Mike’s won at Santa Fe Indian School 56-45.

“They usually play tough with St. Mike’s, especially in Las Vegas,” Horsemen coach David Rodriguez said of the Cardinals (10-10, 2-2). “We didn’t expect anything less.”

The schools have one of the tougher rivalries across all sports and in this one, Robertson had the early advantage, leading 10-9 after the first quarter before St. Mike’s took over 27-22 at halftime.

The Horsemen (13-7, 4-0) missed seven foul shots in the first half with most of those coming in the first quarter, helping Robertson’s cause.

“Our kids battled on the road,” Rodriguez said. “Our kids came through and had composure.”

Jevon Montoya added 16 points for St. Mike’s, Dominic Morgan 10 and Thomas Wood grabbed 15 rebounds.

“We’d get a cushion, then they’d hit a 3,” Rodriguez said. “We never really got away from them. They were always in striking range until the very end. We changed our defense a couple of times, went to zone and extended it out there and they had some trouble with that.”

Nicholas Marrujo scored 20 points for Robertson and Mathew Gonzales had 14. They’re streak shooters,” Rodriguez said. “They got hot there for a while.”

Other Friday games

Boys

Taos 59, Los Alamos 48

Pojoaque Valley 48, Moriarty 28.

Girls

Santa Fe 47, Capital 41

Santa Fe Indian School 51, Valencia 32.


THURSDAY

BOYS

CAPITAL 72, SANTA FE HIGH 58: T.J. Sanchez scored 27 points and the host Jaguars (14-5, 2-2 in 5-5A) ended a two-game losing skid to move into a second-place tie in the district. Chano Herrera added 15 for Capital. Struggling without their two tallest players, the Demons fell to 15-5, 2-2.

MONTE DEL SOL 70, DESERT ACADEMY/SANTA FE WALDORF 53: Santi Archuleta scored 20 points for the host Dragons (12-8, 2-0 in 2-2A) and Alex Lopez had a rare triple-double with 13 points, 11 assists and 13 rebounds. Liam Otero scored 18 points for the Wild Wolves (3-11, 0-1).

PECOS 61, SANTA ROSA 48: Omar Dominguez scored 22 points – all in the first half – for the host Panthers (16-3, 1-0 in 7-2A), then they held off the Lions in the second half as Ismael Villegas added 10 for Pecos.

GIRLS

LOS ALAMOS 69, ESPAÑOLA VALLEY 59: In a game that was moved to Northern New Mexico College because of power loss at Española Valley, the Sundevils (10-9, 1-2 in 2-4A) got 29 points from Kaylinn Martinez. But Becca Green nearly matched her with 27 for the Hilltoppers (8-12, 2-0) and Natalie Gallegos added 10.

MONTE DEL SOL 24, DESERT ACADEMY/SANTA FE WALDORF 23: Areceli Peña’s basket with four seconds left gave the host Dragons (2-15, 2-0 in 2-2A) the win over the Wild Wolves (2-5, 0-1),

PECOS 59, SANTA ROSA 25: Brittney Martinez scored 17 for the host Panthers (16-3, 1-0 in 7-2A), who were blanked in the opening quarter. Cassie Muller chipped in 15 for Pecos.


WEDNESDAY

BOYS

ST. MICHAEL’S 56, SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 45: The visiting Horsemen (12-7 overall, 3-0 in district 2-3A) got 16 points from Connor Glatz in handling the rival Braves (9-9, 2-1), who were led by Ethan Roanhorse’s 14.

GIRLS

MANZANO 51, SANTA FE HIGH 38: Taylor Salazar scored nine points for the visiting Demonettes (6-12, 0-3 in 5-5A), who fell behind 29-10 at half and could not recover.

SANTA FE INDIAN SCHOOL 50, ST. MICHAEL’S 31: LeAnna Lewis scored 20 with 11 rebounds and Marlena Yazzie added 11 for the Braves (18-3, 2-1 in 2-3A), who took a 22-13 halftime lead and rolled from there over the Horsemen (9-10, 1-1), despite 10 points from Carisa Padilla.

NEW MEXICO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 40, TIERRA ENCANTADA 33: Mya Malone went double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds for the host Roadrunners (6-8), while Lindsay Hand had seven points and six assists over the Alacranes. (1-12)


TUESDAY

BOYS

MANZANO 44, SANTA FE 41: Cruz Martinez had 10 points for the host Demons (15-4, 2-1 in 5-5A), but the normally deadly long-range shooting never materialized for them in the loss.

SANDIA 61, CAPITAL 60 3OT: Brandon Saiz made two foul shots but not a third with three seconds left in the third overtime, preventing the Jaguars (13-5, 1-2 in 5-5A) a shot at a fourth extra session. T.J. Sanchez had 19 points for Capital and Seth Arroyos added.

ESPAÑOLA VALLEY 73, LOS ALAMOS 58: The visiting Sundevils (12-8, 3-0 in 2-4A) got 29 points from Ryan Trujillo in the handy victory over the Hilltoppers (5-15, 0-2).

GIRLS

SANDIA 61, CAPITAL 43: Ethena Silva scored 13 points, all in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to rally the visiting Jaguars (7-11, 1-2 in 5-5A).

PECOS 52, REHOBOTH 51: Cassie Muller and Brittney Martinez each scored 20 points for the Panthers (15-3), who fell behind 10-0 to start the game before rallying. Faith Flores and Trinity Herrera controlled the boards for Pecos, collecting 21 between them.

WRESTLING

Despite losing one of its top wrestlers for the season because of suspension, Santa Fe beat host Sandia 54-4 and Rio Grande 47-23 in dual matches Wednesday.

UPCOMING THINGS TO SEE OR DO

MMA: Jackson’s MMA Series XXVII is coming to Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino on Feb. 23. The headline bout will feature Santa Fe’s Jerome “The Renegade” Rivera (7-2) against Belen’s Gene “The Kid” Perez (8-10). For more information see hiltonbuffalothunder.com/entertainment.html.

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