WEEK IN REVIEW
A look back at the top sports stories in northern New Mexico
PECOS 72, MCCURDY 30: There is a reason the Panthers have won three straight Class 2A state championships and are favored to win a fourth: They are very good.
Although the Bobcats didn’t have the firepower offensively to hang with Pecos, they showed some grit and determination on the defensive of the ball, holding the Panthers to 30 points less than they scored Thursday in the opening round of the Northern Rio Grande Tournament at Pojoaque Valley.
“They’re pretty good,” McCurdy coach Ernesto Espinoza said of the Panthers (11-1).
Pecos jumped out quick, taking a 33-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and the Bobcats (5-7) got caught doing exactly what the coaching staff tried to curtail.
“We knew going in that they’re good and efficient on offense,” Espinoza said. “But their game is based on turnovers. We wanted to prevent the turnovers and not let past 10 seasons Pecos (11-1) has been to the finals.
Other boys scores: Escalante 69, Peñasco 34; Mora 49, Mesa Vista 44; West Las Vegas 59, Shiprock 45.
ST. MICHAEL’S 86, EAST MOUNTAIN 53: Ruben Salazar scored 19 points and Lucas Coriz added 18 to lead the visiting Horsemen (6-5) to the win over the Timberwolves.
RIO RANCHO 70, SANTA FE 58: Cody Garcia scored 20 points and Cruz Martinez added 12, but foul troubles cost the Demons (8-3) in a much-anticipated meeting with the undefeated Storm.
PECOS 102, QUESTA 9: The opening round of the NRG Tournament can sometimes lead to unlikely scores and this was one of them as Xavier Padilla scored 19 points and Ismael Villegas added 13 for the Panthers (10-1) over the Wildcats (1-7).
MESA VISTA 66, PEÃ’ASCO 49: Damien Trujillo scored scored 21 points and Alejandro Trujillo added 16 to help the Trojans (4-3) past the Panthers (2-9) in the opening round of the NRGT, despite 15 from Dominic Lopez.
McCURDY 67, DULCE 59, OT: In a tight one from the outset, the Bobcats (5-6) pulled away in overtime against the Hawks (3-6) in the opening round of the NRGT.
Other boys scores: Mora 47, Escalante 42.
RIO RANCHO 32, CAPITAL 30: Ethena Silva led the host Jaguars (4-6) with 16 points, but they could not hold off a late charge from the Rams.
ST. MICHAEL’S 40, HATCH VALLEY 37: Carisa Padilla’s 20 points led the Horsemen (7-6) to a comeback over the Bears in the opening round of the Sandia Prep Invite.
LOS ALAMOS 46, BELEN 34: The host Hilltoppers (5-6) overcame a sluggish first quarter to pull away from the Eagles.
PEÃ’ASCO 85, DULCE 15: In a box-score-stuffing performance, Carly Gonzales scored 29 points with eight rebounds and seven steals, while Adrianna Tafoya had a double-double with 24 points and 10 boards to lead the Panthers (9-1) past the Hawks (1-9) in the opening round of the NRGT.
PECOS 55, MORA 21: The Panthers (10-2) raced out to a 13-0 first quarter lead and were never threatened by the Rangerettes (1-7) in the opening round of the NGRT.
Other girls scores: Mesa Vista 45, McCurdy 33; Moriarty 67, Robertson 46.
ESCALANTE 69, DULCE 66, OT: Santiago Rivas scored 20 points and Chris Luna chipped in 19 to lead the Lobos (4-4) past the Hawks (3-5).
Local teams turned in a strong performance Friday at the Al Salazar Invitational at St. Michael’s. Although Cobre won the event, Capital was second with 170.5 points, followed by Santa Fe at 160.5 and West Las Vegas with 139.
CLOSED: Fishing is prohibited at closed Monastery Lake near Pecos because a thin layer of ice has formed, creating unsafe conditions.
OPEN: Eagles Nest State Park lake is now open to ice fishing as the ice has exceeded minimum safety standards of thickness.
THINGS TO SEE OR DO
BASKETBALL: Santa Fe Indian School will welcome Mora among other teams from around the state for the annual Lady Braves Tournament on Thursday through Saturday.