Peñasco faces Pecos for tournament title
JACONA — It will be an all-Lady Panthers final Saturday.
Peñasco and Pecos share the same team nickname, and will share the court in Pojoaque Valley’s Ben Lujan Gymnasium as they battle it out for the Northern Rio Grande Tournament title at 6 p.m.
Peñasco will try to repeat as tournament champion after dispatching Dulce, 74-57, in a semifinal Friday night, while Pecos gained a measure of revenge in downing Mora, 47-31, in the other semifinal.
It will be the first of two matchups between the programs in a 17-day period as they play again in Peñasco on Jan. 22.
Peñasco 74, Dulce 57
The first half was a battle of runs.
Peñasco scored the first seven points before giving way to an 11-1 Lady Hawks run.
Then, the Lady Panthers closed out the first quarter with a 14-2 spurt to take a 22-13 lead.
Dulce (6-5) was undeterred as it scored 11 of the next 13 points to tie the score at 24-all. Peñasco finally took control with a closing 14-2 run for a 38-26 lead that was never challenged after halftime.
Adrianna Tafoya drained five 3-pointers and led Peñasco (10-2) with 24 points, while Carly Gonzales had a 20-point, 20-rebound performance. Alaska Lopez chipped in 14 points.
Brooke Vigil scored nine of her 16 points in the fourth quarter for Dulce — all 3s — while Brannon Vigil had 17 points with five 3s. Lauren Vigil led the trio of similar surnames with 16 points.
Pecos 47, Mora 31
The Lady Panthers avenged last year’s 50-42 loss to the Rangerettes in the opening round of the tournament by jumping out to a 16-3 lead that never really was challenged. They overcame a four-point second quarter to hold a 20-10 lead at the half, then outscored Mora 14-9 in the third quarter to build the margin to 15 points.
Cassie Muller had 13 points to lead the Lady Panthers, while Brittney Martinez added 10. Dennika Bustos led the Rangerettes (6-4) with 13 points.
Mora plays Dulce for third place at
3 p.m. Saturday.
McCurdy 43, Escalante 20
The Lady Bobcats held the Lady Lobos in the single digits in every quarter but the third — but it almost doomed them.
McCurdy used a 12-3 scoring run in the second quarter to build a 19-7 halftime lead. But Escalante used a 12-5 run in the third quarter to creep to within 24-19 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Lobos (0-8) only managed a Kalese Torrez free throw over the final eight minutes to undermine the comeback attempt.
Jayme Bustos had seven points in the fourth quarter for the Lady Bobcats (6-6) as she finished with 13, and Angie Arroyo added 10.
Aubriana Hinds led Escalante with eight points.
McCurdy takes on Questa for fifth place at noon Saturday.
Questa 57, Mesa Vista 45
The Lady Wildcats (3-6) advanced to the consolation championship on the strength of a 13-7 scoring run in the fourth quarter. They held off the Lady Trojans, who were within 44-39 after three quarters.
Christina Cisneros had five of her seven points in the fourth, while Kiana Passino had 10 points to lead Questa. Arianna Ortega added nine.
Aubrianna Martinez had 13 of her 15 points through the first three quarters for Mesa Vista, while Aubrianna Griego had 12.
The Lady Trojans (2-5) take on Escalante for seventh place at
9 a.m. Saturday.