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Prep hoops roundup: Atrisco boys, Los Lunas girls get stirring wins

Highland’s Shaelyce Hann, right, battles Los Lunas’ Natalie Jojola for a loose ball during Saturday’s game at HHS. Los Lunas beat the Hornets, 73-63. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

There is probably not another boys basketball player in Class 5A whose flair for the dramatic can come close to matching that of Atrisco Heritage’s human thrill dispenser, Joziah Ramos.

The Jaguars’ senior guard drained a pair of game-tying 3-pointers in the fourth quarter of their road game at Hope Christian on Saturday night, and Ramos also delivered the tie-breaking 3 with 2:27 remaining, as 5A’s No. 1-ranked team posted a gritty 60-53 win over Class 4A’s second-ranked Huskies in front of a packed house – and with a playoff-type intensity – inside Hope’s tiny and steamy gym.

“If we’re in a close ball game,” Jaguars coach Adrian Ortega said of Ramos, “he’s gonna come through.”

All three of Ramos’ 3s came in the fourth quarter for the two-time defending 5A state champs.

“Definitely we have the experience to get us ready for games like this,” said Ramos, who led the Jaguars (2-1) with 21 points.

Hope Christian led 51-48 after a corner 3-pointer from Collin Evans with 3:42 left.

On the next possession, Ramos pulled up from 25 feet and buried a triple, and it was 51-all.

A minute later, Ramos worked his way in front of his bench and launched the 3 that gave the Jaguars the lead for good. Atrisco Heritage made sure to avoid a two-game skid after losing Wednesday night to West Mesa.

“That’s something that’s been said since I’ve been a part of this program: we bounce back,” Ramos said.

Elijah Gaxiola added 19 points for Atrisco Heritage, including eight in the fourth quarter.

After a sloppy, disjointed and foul-plagued first half, the Huskies (0-2) led or were tied the majority of an exciting second half – until Ramos’ final 3-point dagger.

Evans, fresh out of football and quarterbacking Hope to the Class 3A state title just seven days earlier, led the Huskies with 15 points.

Girls

LOS LUNAS 73, HIGHLAND 63: In March, Tigers coach Marty Zeller might have stepped in to intercede. Burn a timeout. Sit his team down and regroup.

On Saturday afternoon, he would have had good reason.

In the third quarter of the top-ranked Tigers’ visit to No. 4 Highland, the Hornets, who had been trailing most of the way, rattled off 11 straight points, turning a seven-point deficit into a four-point lead. This being the first week of December, Zeller opted for patience.

“You know,” Zeller said, “I tend to let them go a little bit, figure it out. I should have called a timeout, especially when they took the lead. But this team is young, and they need to mature on the floor.”

His decision to let the Tigers (3-2) problem solve on their own proved to be the correct one in one of the season’s early showdown games in Class 4A.

Junior guard Natalie Jojola drilled a 3-pointer to stop Highland’s momentum, and the Tigers – sparked all game by Jojola – righted themselves en route to a victory in the Hornets’ gym.

Jojola scored 25 points, including five 3-pointers, for the defending state champions.

“In the third quarter, we kind of struggled on defense a little bit, matching (Highland’s) physicality,” Jojola said. “But we got our (momentum) by hitting those 3s.”

There were nine of them on Saturday for the Tigers, but Jojola authored the most important two treys. The aforementioned 3 shaved a Highland lead from 47-43 to 47-46.

Moments later, teammate Mia Guest scored on a layup in the final minute of the third quarter and was fouled in the process. That put Los Lunas in front 50-49.

Guest missed the and-one free throw, but the Tigers rebounded, kicked it out to Jojola, and she buried another 3 to complete a five-point trip for Los Lunas, which led 53-49 and did not trail again.

Los Lunas forced Highland (1-1) into 28 turnovers, while committed just a dozen itself.

Los Lunas led 55-51 after three quarters, but scored the first 11 of the fourth quarter.

 

SUMMARIES

BOYS

ELDORADO 60, MAYFIELD 34

MAYFIELD: Darrial McDonald 8, Cameron Sarod 1, Jalen Green 7, Kasen Sparks 2, Deshawn Ortiz 3, Ty Tailon 4, Nic Blad 4, Tony Escobar 5. Totals: 13 FGs, 5-8 FTs, 34

ELDORADO (3-0): Jacob Riach 2, Elijah Parham 3, Devin Domina-Lovato 11, Sean Thompson 3, Tyler Heckroth 1, Matt Vigil 7, Deraje Agbaosi 7, Dane Coker 6, Jayvon Jefferson 16, Andrew Petersen 4. Totals: 24 FGs, 9–13 FTs, 60.

Mayfield 8 12 13 1—34

Eldorado 13 17 14 16—60

3-pointers: M 3 (Green, Ortiz, Escobar); E 3 (Parham, Domina-Lovato, Vigil). Team fouls: M 14, E 12.

ESPANOLA 67, SANDIA PREP 58

Sandia Prep Sundevil Tournament, Championship

ESPANOLA: Garrett May 7, Mann Rodriguez 6, Juan Branch 2, Aundra Pona 9, Mario Equino 2, Jordan Duda 15, Jon Garcia 2, Anthony Lalo 17, Malaki Jones 7. Totals: 27 FGs, 5-9 FTs 67

SANDIA PREP (3-2): Nate Nguyen 5, Cooper McWilliams 2, Sam Henderson 27, Max Feit 13, Austin Epstein 11. Totals: 19 FGs, 18-22 FTs 58.

Espanola 5 12 24 26—67

Sandia Prep 9 16 12 21—58

3-pointers: E 10 (May, Rodriguez 2, Pona 3, Duda 2, Lalo, Jones); SP 3 (Henderson, Feit 2). Team fouls: SP 14, E 20. Fouled out: SP Feit. Tech.: SP Feit.

ATRISCO HERITAGE 60,

HOPE CHRISTIAN 53

ATRISCO HERITAGE (2-1): Dominic Rivas 8, Elijah Gaxiola 19, Joziah Ramos 21, Isaiah Brooks 6, Malaki Crawford 2, Colby Wade 4. Totals: 21 FGs, 11-17 FTs 60.

HOPE CHRISTIAN (0-2): Rylee Dandridge 6, Jaden Spencer 2, Parker Sebastian 6, Kayne Dougherty 4, Sean Martinez 10, Lance Ulibarri 4, Kaden Miller 6, Collin Evans 15. Totals: 20 FGs, 9-13 FTs 53.

Atrisco Heritage 18 9 13 20—60

Hope Christian 9 17 18 9—53

3-pointers: A 7 (Rivas 2, Ramos 2, Brooks 3), H 4 (Martinez 2, Evans 2). Team fouls: H 24, A 19. Tech.: H, Evans.

CLOVIS 63, LA CUEVA 62 (OT)

CLOVIS (1-1): Malik Phillips 6, Dewayne Dawson 3, Josiah Lombrana 5, Dorian Morgan 8, Blake Muscato 3, Mason Figueroa 9, Ethan Gershon 5, Bryce Cabeldue 24. Totals: 26 FGs, 8-17-FTs 63.

LA CUEVA (1-2): Zack Portillo 4, Tristan Moore 21, Ja’Shon Lowery 19, Micah Cooper 11, Jalen Seward 7. Totals: 22-FG, 13-15-FT 62.

Clovis 17 12 13 15 6—63

La Cueva 17 12 13 15 5—62

3-pointers: Cl 3 (Phillips, Muscato, Gershon), LC 5 (Moore 3, Cooper, Seward). Team fouls: C 18, LC 17. JV: LC 58-50.

LAGUNA-ACOMA 72, THOREAU 70 (OT)

Thoreau (2-1) 10 15 25 9 11 —70

Laguna-Acoma (4-0) 10 17 15 17 11—72

T: Kolby Thomas 11, Cordel. Platero 12, Byron Brown 13, Lance Plummer 17. L-A: Lyle Bahe 14, Andre Chino 14, Kevin Martin 13, Jayden Villegas 23. Team fouls: T 14, L-A 24. L-A wins Laguna-Acoma Holiday Classic for the first time in three years.

VALLEY 76, ABQ. HIGH 57

VALLEY (2-1): Derick Chavez 30, Adam Giron 9, Marcus Voss 13, Gio Casaus 7, Jevon Baker 5, Seyi Oyeku 12. Totals: 20 FGs, 25-35 76.

ABQ. HIGH (0-2): Jordan Davalos 2, Daysean Fuentes 3, Austin Perea 13, Jude Tapia 22, Mehki Mejedi 6, Lamar Rogers 9, Master Taplin 2. Totals: 20 FG, 9-14 FTs 57.

Valley 15 27 21 13—76

Abq. High 12 25 10 10—57.

3-pointers: V 8 (Chavez 5, Giron 2, Voss); A 8 (Tapia 4, Perea 3. Fuentes 1). Team fouls: V 13, A 23. Fouled out: A, Rogers..

RIO RANCHO 56, ARTESIA 46

Artesia Tournament, third-place game

RIO RANCHO (2-1): Junior Hodnett 6, Vance Rudolph 2, Lamar Bynum 5, Christian Lucero 7, Nathan Arroyo 2, Isaiah Chavez 8, Miguel Baray 12, Jeremiah Morris 8, Logan Martinez 6. Totals: 24 FGs, 4-8 FTs 56.

ARTESIA (1-2): Johntae Granado 11, Cord Cox 9, Tucker Smotherman 10, Braxton McDonald 4, Clay Houghtaling 9, Cole Kincaid 3. Totals: 17 FGs, 10-14 FTs 46.

Rio Rancho 15 7 26 8—56

Artesia 13 7 11 15—46

3-pointers: RR 4 (Hodnett, Bynum, Lucero, Chavez), A 2 (Smotherman). Team fouls: RR 16, A 14.

 

 

 

GIRLS

CAPITAL 49, LOS ALAMOS 30

Capital City Tournament

Los Alamos 4 10 7 9—30

Capital 8 20 14 7—49

Scoring: LA, Becca Green 10; C, Ethena Silva 9. Team fouls: LA 20, C 18. Fouled out: LA, Green. Rec.: C 2-2.

CLEVELAND 36, ESPANOLA 33

Capital City Tournament, championship

CLEVELAND (5-0): Shawntae Salazar 3, Angelique Abeyta 3, Alexa Madueno 11, Mia Nelson 1, Vanessa Rendon 13, Skyla Lillard 5. Totals: 9 FGs, 13-16 FTs 36

ESPANOLA: Anita DeArguero 1, Miranda Salazar 5, Jasmine Baca 7, Destiney Valdez 8, Rhianna Padilla 6, Jaylynn Padilla 6. Totals: 11 FGs, 6-11 FTs 33.

Cleveland 4 10 12 10—36

Espanola 4 12 4 13—33

3-pointers: C 5 (Salazar, Rendon, Madueno 3), E 5 (Salazar, Valdez 2, R. Padilla 2). Team fouls: C 7, E 13.

CAPITAL 58, SANTA FE 56

Capital City Tournament,

third place

Santa Fe 19 17 11 9—56

Capital 3 13 30 12—58

Scoring: SF, Alexis Espinosa 12; C, Ethena Silva 25, Rebecca Sorensen 14. Team fouls: SF 26, C 24. Tech.: C, Belen Gomez. Rec.: C 2-2, SF 2-2.

MAYFIELD 56, ELDORADO 51

MAYFIELD (3-1) Alyssa Alvarez 4, Margarita Salas 8, Jalyn Willis 4, Niah Brown 9, Laila Flores 9, Tabitha Hunter 11, Kayla Avalos 11. Totals 20-FG 11-20-FT 56.

ELDORADO (1-2) Ella Dion 3, Laney Lucero 10, Rachel Williams 12, Presley Tyler 11, Maria Barela 15. Totals 13-FG 16-25 FT 51.

Mayfield 11 13 17 15—56

Eldorado 10 9 13 19—51

3-point FG: M 5 (Alvarez, Flores 3, Avalos). E 9 (Dion, Lucero, Tyler 3, Barela 4). Team fouls: M 18; E 18. Fouled out: E, Lucero.

VOLCANO VISTA 73, HOPE CHRISTIAN 50

hope (0-2) Savi Rael 5, Alice Wilkinson 7, Sophia Legate 16, Charley Bitsoih 3, Savannah Lewis 13, Kathleen Obisike 6. Totals 20-FG 5-13-FT 50.

VVHS (2-0) Sydney Jaramillo 4, Jaelyn Bates 27, Keely Struck 2, Savannah McGuire 5, Giannah Aragon 2, Natalia Chavez 25, Angelyn Aranda 8. Totals 29-FG 6-14 FT 73.

Hope 12 11 21 6—50

VVHS 24 21 21 7—73

3-point FG: H 5 (Legate 3, Rael, Wilkinson). VV (8 (Chavez 4, Bates 3, McGuire 1.). E 9 (Dion, Lucero, Tyler 3, Barela 4). Team fouls: H 14; VV 15.

LA CUEVA 69, CIBOLA 64

LA CUEVA (1-1): Rylie Ottmann 15, Jerzie Jones 14, Erica Ihlein 2, Emma Cook 2, Avery Markham 3, Kaya Ingram 29, Teona Savic 4. Totals: 20 FGs, 20-33 FTs 69.

CIBOLA (1-1): Sophia Sena 3, Isabel Montoya 5, Azia Himeur 27, Tierzah Penn 3, Jenika Gomez 4, Adamari Waddell 16, Ayana Lloyd 6. Totals: 17 FGs, 21-26 FTs 64.

La Cueva 15 20 10 24—69

Cibola 13 15 16 20—64

3-pointers: LC 6 (Ingram 3, Ottmann, Jones, Savic); C 7 (Himeur 5, Sena, Montoya). Team fouls: LC 27, C 27. Fouled out: C, Himeur.

LOS LUNAS 73, HIGHLAND 63

LOS LUNAS (3-2): Dani Ross 17, Mia Guest 5, Yolanda Griego 12, Natalie Jojola 25, Feleena Candelaria 13, Olivia Lucero 1. Totals 23 18-24 73.

HIGHLAND (1-1): Deniece Ryan 12, Alicia Trujillo 5, Zoviah Jackson 13, Brianna Stockton 10, Cailee Crawford 17, Aaliyah Nevarez 6. Totals 27 4-9 63.

Los Lunas 22 15 18 18 — 73

Highland 13 15 23 12 — 63

3-point goals: LL 9 (Jojola 5, Griego 4); H 5 (Nevarez 2, Ryan, Crawford, Trujillo). Total fouls: LL 15; H 20. Fouled out: LL, Candelaria; H, Stockton.

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