Elkettes open tournament by routing Cobre
Seledon Martinez saw a semblance of the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes he remembered from last year, and he smiled Thursday afternoon.
The Pojoaque head girls basketball coach feels his team is starting to resemble the one that reached the Class 4A semifinals back in March, and it showed in moments during a 65-22 win over Cobre to open the Alice King Invitational at Moriarty. The Elkettes (4-0) play Miyamura, which beat Melrose, in a semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
The Lady Indians (4-2) never scored more than eight points in a quarter, as Pojoaque jumped out to a 35-15 lead at the half. The margin mushroomed to 53-20 after three as the Elkettes outscored Cobre 18-6.
“We’re starting to open up and looking the way we did toward the end of last year,” Martinez said .”I’m happy with what they did. We cut down on our mistakes and our defensive rotations were better. We’re coming along.”
Ashten Martinez led Pojoaque with 16 points, while Alicia Sanchez added 10. Skkyla Guck paced the Lady Indians with 10 points.
Martinez said the Lady Patriots will offer his team a stiff challenge.
“They’re a pretty good team,” Martinez said. “They’re fast and they have good shooters.”
Española Valley 78, Bernalillo 67
The Sundevils were without Ryan Trujillo, who is out for the week because of appendicitis, outscored the Spartans 27-17 in the fourth quarter to pull away and advance to the semifinals of the Rio Rancho Cleveland Storm Tournament. Española (5-3) plays Albuquerque Sandia at 5:15 p.m.
Bernalillo (3-1) led 39-37 in an up-and-down first half, but Española slowed down the Spartans by outscoring them 14-11 in the third.
“Bernalillo is still pretty stacked from last year,” Sundevils head coach James Branch said. “We will have our share of peaks and valleys this season, but we’re striving to play our best at the end [of the season].”
Christian Aizpuro did his best Trujillo impression, scoring a team-high 24 points on the strength of five 3-pointers, while Zach Mascareñas added 17. Justino Rascon added 10 points in the paint. Reyes Herrera led the Spartans with 15 points, scoring 11 in the second half. Luis Villegas, though, cooled down after scoring 11 in the first half and had just two points the rest of the way.