Lady Horsemen beat Taos, 47-36, in semifinal
Fewer turnovers leads to larger smiles.
Martin Esquibel is proof of that.
The St. Michael’s head girls basketball coach was beaming on Friday night after his Lady Horsemen lead from start to finish in their semifinal game of the Taos Invitational against the host Lady Tigers to win 47-36. They advance to the tournament championship game against Deming at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Esquibel said the team learned the value of possession in its season-opening 62-44 loss to Los Alamos, in which turnovers and second-chance points hurt St. Michael’s significantly. The improvement allowed the Lady Horsemen (2-1) to run their offense, and they leaned heavily on the trio of Carisa Padilla, Joelyn Fernandez and Cia Alvarez. They scored all but three of their team’s points. Padilla led the way with 22 points, while Fernandez added 14 and Alvarez eight.
“These three players controlled the ball, controlled the rebounding and minimizing turnovers, and did a tremendous job with poise and leadership,” Esquibel said.