Elkettes playing for Alice King Invitational title
The Miyamura girls basketball team made it rain 3-pointers Friday night.
The Lady Patriots almost overwhelmed the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes with six 3-pointers in the second half, but it couldn’t withstand Pojoaque’s man-to-man defense in the fourth quarter. It proved to be enough for the Elkettes to win 58-53 in the semifinals of the Alice King Invitational in Moriarty. They will play Grants for the tournament title at 7 p.m. Saturday after the Lady Pirates downed host Moriarty, 43-34, in the other semifinal.
Pojoaque built a 30-18 lead at the half, thanks to its balanced scoring attack that had five players make at least eight points. Miyamura, though, caught fire in the second half and got within 44-37 heading into the fourth quarter.
“We had to go man again,” Elkettes head coach Seledon Martinez said. “They were shooting lights out. We bent, but we didn’t break.”
Ashten Martinez led Pojoaque (5-0) with 13 points, and Tony Aquino added 10. Autum Enote led Miyamura (5-2) with 16 points, and Keyana Goodman had 11.
Artesia 59, St. Michael’s 43
The Lady Horsemen had no answer for the Lady Bulldogs’ size and 5-foot-9 post Paityn Houghtaling in a nondistrict game in Perez-Shelley Gymnasium. Houghtaling had 21 points and Artesia dominated the glass, 38-19. The Lady Bulldogs (4-2) were also stingy on defense, as St. Michael’s struggle to shoot the ball inside the 3-point line (35 percent) and from beyond the arc (18 percent). Add a 5-for-11 night at the free-throw line, and it led to a miserable night scoring.
“Got to give Artesia credit,” Lady Horsemen head coach Martin Esquibel said. “They are a tough team defensively. As far as I’m concerned, [the Lady Horsemen] played really well and we hung in there as much as possible.”
Cia Alvarez led St. Michael’s (5-4) with 11 points, while Carisa Padilla and Joelyn Fernandez each had 10.
Monte del Sol 52, Mesa Vista 32
The Dragons took control in the second and third quarters, outscoring the host Trojans 35-20 to take a 44-30 lead into the fourth quarter of a nondistrict game.
Santi Archuleta led Monte del Sol (3-1) with 23 points, while Garrett Madrid and Isaiah Salazar each chipped in with 10. Isaiah Salazar had a team-high seven rebounds and six assists, while Alex Lopez recorded six rebounds and five assists.
Damian Trujillo led Mesa Vista (1-3) with nine points, and Julian Quintana added seven.