SPORTS: WEEK IN REVIEW
ST. MICHAEL’S 66, RATON 34: Coming off a tough game against West Las Vegas and with another tough game looming next week against Robertson, no one could have blamed the Horsemen for overlooking the Tigers.
But St. Mike’s (15-7, 6-0 in District 2-3A) took no chances and never really let Raton get into the game.
“The kids came out real focused and intense,” Horsemen coach David Rodriguez said. “They took care of business. They didn’t take anything for granted, which is a real good sign of maturity. They could have come out and barely squeaked by and gotten an ugly win, but you don’t learn anything from that. Our kids came out did a and great job.”
The starting five of Lucas Coriz, Thomas Wood, Devin Flores, Derek Martinez and Reuben Flores wasted no time in getting after Raton.
“That’s a group that has been starting all season,” Rodriguez said. “They set the tone right off the bat. Reuben got on the floor after some loose balls. We could have won this game by 20 by going out with a half-hearted effort, but our kids didn’t want to do that. They pushed each other and everyone followed their lead.”
The starting five “came out pressing, passing the ball well, rebounding and controlling the boards,” Rodriguez said. “We held Raton to 11 points at halftime.”
Although most of the district games are dogfights, a rare chance to coast was not really welcomed.
“That’s the danger of it,” Rodriguez said. “You let human nature creep in there and, before you know it, you have frustrated kids and they’re not playing well, and it’s sloppy. Then, you’re worse the next night. You can actually regress in a game like that, but this group has been real good about not doing that.”
ALBUQUERQUE 64, SANTA FE 54: Lexi Espinoza scored 17 points and Heaven Martinez had 10 for the visiting Demonettes (8-13, 0-5 in District 5-5A), but it was not enough to prevent the Bulldogs from overcoming a 2-point, fourth-quarter deficit.
CAPITAL 66, RIO GRANDE 31: The Jaguars (8-13, 3-2 in District 5-5A) got 14 points from Rebecca Sorenson and Ethena Silva 10 in the win over the Ravens.
BOSQUE 50, SANTA FE PREP 21: Mizan Jacobs scored eight points for the visiting Blue Griffins (4-8), who struggled to find any offense against the Bobcats.
PEÑASCO 63, QUESTA 48: Standout post Carly Gonzales had another ho-hum double-double, with 15 points and 17 rebounds, while Martina Tafoya had 16 points, and Adrianna Tafoya had 10 boards, six assists and five steals for the host Panthers (19-2, 4-1 in District 5-2A) against the Wildcats.
MESA VISTA 43, MORA 37: Chrissy Cordova scored 10 points, but a slow start doomed the visiting Rangerettes (5-14, 1-4 in District 5-2A) against the Trojans (10-10, 2-3).
ESCALANTE 45, CORONADO 36: The visiting Lobos (13-6, 6-0 in District 5-2A) took control in the fourth quarter against the Leopards.
TAOS 58, ESPAÑOLA VALLEY 51: Although it was tight throughout, the host Tigers (17-5, 4-0 in District 2-4A) remained atop the district race with a strong defensive effort in the third quarter, holding the Sundevils (13-8, 3-1) to six points.
BOSQUE 62, SANTA FE PREP 47: Finn Coles scored 13 points for the host Blue Griffins (5-12) against the Bobcats.
ESCALANTE 57, CORONADO 34: The Lobos (12-8, 4-1 in District 5-2A) used a big second half to pull away from the Leopards.
Other boys scores: Pojoaque Valley 60, Los Alamos 54; Mora 72, Mesa Vista 38; Robertson 58, Moriarty 40; Peñasco 63, Questa 57; New Mexico School for the Deaf 68, Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf 28.
ROBERTSON 75, RATON 34: Tessa Ortiz scored 22 points, Gabriela Trujillo 17 with seven steals and Brianna Quintana 16 to lead the visiting Cardinals (10-11, 3-1 in District 2-3A) past the Tigers.
MCCURDY 48, ACADEMY FOR TECHNOLOGY AND THE CLASSICS 41: Charli Koseoglu had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Perla Miramontes had 12 points for the visiting Phoenix (8-8, 0-1 in District 2-2A), but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 41-21 deficit entering the fourth quarter against the Bobcats (7-12, 1-0).
Other girls scores: Española Valley 59, Taos 50;
ST. MICHAEL’S 52, WEST LAS VEGAS 44: The visiting Horsemen (14-7 overall, 5-0 in 2-3A) rallied behind 18 points by Thomas Wood to beat the Dons (12-8, 4-1).
SANTA FE 83, RIO GRANDE 50: P.J. Lovato scored 22 points and Fedonta “J.B.” White added 19 for the visiting Demons (18-3, 5-0 in District 5-5A) against the Ravens.
CAPITAL 77, MANZANO 43: T.J. Sanchez scored 21 points for the host Jaguars (18-3, 4-1 in District 5-5A), who put the game away earlier against the Monarchs.
Leading by four entering the fourth quarter, the host Bobcats (9-10, 1-0 in District 2-2A) pulled away late over the Phoenix (1-15, 0-1).
WEST LAS VEGAS 50, ST. MICHAEL’s 35: The host Horsemen (10-11, 1-3 in District 2-3A) got 12 points from Carisa Padilla, and Stella Valencia had eight points and 11 rebounds, but the Dons (14-6, 4-0) took control in the third quarter for the win.
ACADEMY FOR TECHNOLOGY AND THE CLASSICS 45, MENAUL 36: Chanelle Jaeger had 21 points and Perla Miramontes had 15 to lead the host Phoenix (8-7) past the Panthers.
PEÑASCO 77 MCCURDY 21: Fresh out of the hospital with head injuries, Jennifer Aguilar spurred her Panthers (18-2) as Carly Gonzales had 27 points and Adrianna Tafoya 16 over the Bobcats (6-12), who got seven from Devyn Cordova.
Other girls scores: Pine Hill 61, New Mexico School For The Deaf 22
NEW MEXICO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 72, PINE HILL 58: Bruce Brewer Jr. scored 34 points with nine assists and seven steals, and Luis Villalobos had 14 points and 25 rebounds for the visiting Roadrunners (12-4) over the Warriors.
WOMEN POWER: The basketball refereeing trio of Amanda Gallegos, Dawnette Garcia-Najar and Tanya Pyke made history Wednesday, becoming the first all-female crew to officiate a boys varsity game, overseeing the contest between Raton and Robertson.
COMMITTED: West Las Vegas lineman Josh Moreno signed to play football at Arizona Christian University, an NAIA school, in Glendale, Arizona.
THINGS TO SEE OR DO
RUNNING: The Galisteo Basin Preserve Winter Trail Series continues Feb. 22 with 6- and 12-mile runs in preserve. For more information, see feraladventures.com/winter.