Girls roundup: Blowouts top opening round
JACONA — Drama, anyone?
No? Well, OK then.
If it was drama and suspense you were looking for, the opening round of the 27th annual Ben Luján Tournament was not the place to be. All four girls games were decided by at least 17 points with three hovering above the 30-point plateau in the second half.
It started with a 48-point rout, continued into the late afternoon with a 34-point affair and mercifully ended with tournament host Pojoaque Valley crushing visiting Santa Rosa, 60-28, in the last of eight boys and girls games on the day.
Perhaps the biggest news was not related to basketball. A gas leak in the main part of the school forced the cancellation of Thursday’s classes and threatened to postpone or move the tournament, possibly to the nearby middle school or to Santa Fe Indian School’s Pueblo Pavilion.
The show did go on, and word is that it will resume, as scheduled, Friday morning in Ben Lujan Gymnasium. It just might be a little colder if the source of the gas leak isn’t found and heat is pumped into the gym.
As for Thursday’s games, not much to see.
The Elkettes (8-0) rolling over Santa Rosa (3-4) wasn’t all that surprising. Ranked
No. 1 in Class 4A, they’re proving to be as good as advertised by winning all but two of their games by double digits.
Two players finished in double figures Thursday, led by 13 points from Michaela Martinez and 10 from Toni Aquino. Head coach Seledon Martinez used a rotating lineup for most of the final three quarters.
His club took a commanding 31-14 lead into halftime.
Friday’s semifinals have Santa Fe Indian School, the third-ranked team in Class 3A, facing 2A’s seventh-ranked Peñasco at 3 p.m., while Pojoaque plays at 6 p.m. against 2A’s third-ranked Dulce.
A recap of the other games:
Santa Fe Indian 60, McCurdy 26
It was demolition by committee as not a single Lady Brave had more than nine points.
SFIS (4-1) opened a 14-5 lead in the first quarter and was never challenged from that moment on. McCurdy (2-4) got a game-high 10 points from Erika Loera and eight from Jayme Bustos, but no one else had more than three.
Frankie Chavez led the Lady Braves with nine points. Ten of the 12 players who saw the court scored at least four points. Much of the damage came on turnovers that led to fastbreak opportunities the other way.
McCurdy plays in the 9 a.m. consolation round game against Bernalillo.
Peñasco 70, Bernalillo 53
A 2A school with less than half the enrollment of 4A Bernalillo, Peñasco took control of this one early by using a 22-11 run in the wild first quarter. Adrianna Tafoya and Alaska Lopez combined for 13 of those points for the Lady Panthers (6-1).
What they did early on, Carly Gonzales did the rest in the final three quarters. She finished with a game-high 27 points by dominating the Lady Spartans (6-5) in the paint. She had all 12 of her made shots inside the 3-point line.
Dulce 72, Tierra Encantada 24
Easily the most lopsided game of the day got off to the kind of start that told the bigger story. The Lady Hawks (5-2) led 22-3 after one quarter and held the Lady Alacranes (0-4) to single digits in all four periods.
Captain Destiny Nevarez led Tierra Encantada with 13 points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and scoring nine of those points in the first half as Dulce took a 40-11 lead into the break.
Four Lady Hawks reached double figures, led by 14 from Lauryn Vigil and 13 from Brooke Vigil.
Tierra Encantada will face Santa Rosa in the consolation round at noon.