Santa Fe Indian School girls roll in 5-5A, Espanola Valley drops non-district contest, Santa Fe High loses 2-6A, St. Michael's on for 2-4A
Sundevils lose at home to 6A Rio Rancho
By ARNIE LESHIN
Espanola Valley's girls took a break from district play in dropping Tuesday night's 54-44 non district test against 6A Rio Rancho High.
But Santa Fe Indian School had its way in 5-5A by taking to the road and overwhelming East Mountain, 73-38, in Sandia Park, while Santa Fe High fell at home in 2-6A, 57-40, against Albuquerque La Cueva, and St. Michael's lost on the road at Taos, 50-45, in overtime in 2-4A.
For the Sundevils, who sit a-top the 2-5A standings at 4-1, are 15-6 overall and ranked No. 5 in 5A, it broke a four-game win streak and extended the Rams' win skein to six in a row. They are in first place in 2-6A at 5-0 and 14-9 overall.
They are also 5-2 on the road after this trip.
As for Espanola, it is only district games the rest of the way, leading to the district tournament and state seedings. Friday night it plays Capital High for the third time, having romped 58-27 in the Al Armendariz Invitational hosted by Capital, and then at home with a 62-22 rout.
The Jaguars had just ended an 8-game losing streak by winning at Los Alamos, then lost 44-24 at Albuquerque Del Norte to drop to 4-19 overall and 1-4 in district, a half-game behind the 6-18 Hilltoppers.
Now comes the Sundevils again, and probably not in the best of moods following the setback to Rio Rancho.
The Braves have a busy schedule with back-to-back home games Friday and Saturday against a good Moriarty (15-6) team and then Thoreau (9-12), both non district games. It's back to district play at home Tuesday to Bernalillo (3-22), hits the road for Albuquerque Bosque School (12-10) and greets East Mountain at home to conclude the regular season.
The Demonettes ran into a Bears' team that was dominating off the boards with 18 on the offensive and 23 on the defensive. This, despite the fact that Santa Fe High stands taller between the two teams.
La Cueva, 15-6 overall and first in district at 7-0, led 28-21 at halftime and upped the margin to 13 after three quarters. Junior wing Adonica Baca-Martinez had the team-high of 17 points for the Demonettes and senior post Elena Gonzales added 12. SFHS is now 9-14 overall and 2-5 in district.
It is home Friday night to Clovis, which is 9-14 and also 2-5.
St. Michael's could not contain the Tigers' Aaliyah Quintana as it did in the previous contest. This time, she tossed up a game-high 30 points while the Horsemen shot poorly from the foul line. In the fourth quarter alone, they made only 2-of-8 tries.
It was Quintana coming up with a late basket to force the OT, and Taos pulled away in the extra session to advance to 12-12 overall and 2-4 in district. St. Michael's dropped to 10-12 overall and also 2-4 in district.
Senior wing Jocelyn Fernandez led the way for the Horsemen with 18 points and senior post Danielle Vigil scored 10. Fernandez went down with an injury in the second half and didn't return until late in the overtime.
Also on Friday, Pojoaque Valley (11-11, 3-2) is at St. Michael's and West Las Vegas (15-8, 2-3) is at Taos in 2-4A.