Elkette guards step up in 68-30 win over Santa Fe High
For all the strong post play the Pojoaque Valley girls basketball team has exhibited this season, the guards sometimes have taken a back seat.
On Saturday afternoon, they made their presence known. Led by 12 points each from guards Adrianna Quintana and Michaela Martinez, the Elkettes rolled to a 68-30 win over Santa Fe High in an afternoon game in Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium.
The pair took turns keying the Pojoaque attack as Martinez scored eight in the opening half while Pojoaque built a 28-10 lead. Quintana turned it on in the second half with nine points as the Elkettes (12-0) exploded for 43 points after the break.
“We are taking what they give us,” Pojoaque head coach Seledon Martinez said. “That’s what it’s going to take, and we’ve got to exploit what they’re giving us.”
Every Elkette scored and sophomore guard Hennessei Calabaza had seven of her nine points after the break. Senior forward Camille Cordova, who returned from a left ankle injury, had six points and Ashten Martinez added seven.
Pojoaque faces its toughest test Tuesday when it entertains Albuquerque St. Pius X in Ben Lujan Gymnasium.
“I like what we’re doing,” Martinez said. “We are distributing the ball and everyone is scoring. We just got to be a little more strong mentally.”
Santa Fe High (5-9) was led by Taylor Roybal with 10 points and Alexis Espinosa added eight.
Moriarty 48, St. Michael’s 24
Once again, the Lady Horsemen got off to a bad start offensively, this time against the Lady Pintos in the fifth-place game of the Sundevil Invitational in Albuquerque Sandia Prep.
The difference, though, was that the hiccup never ended as the Lady Horsemen did not double figures in a single quarter, and shot 21 percent from the field (11-40). Still, Moriarty (7-6) only led 8-4 after a quarter, but outscored St. Michael’s 12-6 in the second for a 20-10 lead at the half. The Lady Pintos used a 15-6 scoring run in the third quarter to build the margin to 35-16, and Brooke Burke had eight of her team-high 16 points in the period. Meredith Wilson added 10 points for Moriarty.
“You got to give Moriarty’s defense credit,” Lady Horsemen head coach Martin Esquibel said. “But we had a good opportunity to beat them, but not when we’re shooting like that.”
St. Michael’s (6-7) Joelyn Fernandez lead the team with six points.
Denver (Colo.) Bruce Randolph 34, Monte del Sol 27
The Lady Dragons (0-9) had their best performance of the season against the Lady Grizzlies, who went 2-0 on their trip to Santa Fe.
Bruce Randolph (2-5) grabbed a 15-1 lead after a quarter and held a 20-6 advantage at the half. Monte del Sol head coach Ray Roybal employed a press the team had been working on and it led to a 14-2 spurt that cut the lead to 22-20 heading into the fourth. It was as close as the Lady Dragons got.
“I made a couple of mistakes early in the game that really cost us,” Roybal said. “I told the girls after the game, “I’ll take [the loss] on this one, for sure.’ ”
Karina Peña had a team high nine points, while Daisy Ortiz added seven.