Espanola Valley's girls seek to avenge previous loss to Albuquerque Academy when the two vie for first place
Sundevils hold off Albuquerque Del Norte on road, Robertson rolls over Pojoaque Valley, West Las Vegas tops St. Michael's, Pecos routs ATC Wednesday night
By ARNIE LESHIN
The visiting Espanola Valley girl's basketball team was not served home cooking in Wednesday night's District 2-5A game at Albuquerque Del Norte.
This time the calls went the Sundevils' way. Both teams came up with 16 field goals, but while Espanola converted 23-of-30 frees, the home team made only 9-of-17 in its 60-55 defeat.
It advanced the Sundevils to 15-5 overall and 3-1 in district, with the Knights falling to 2-2 in district and tied with Pojoaque Valley for second place, while being 11-9 overall.
This set up Espanola for Friday night's visit from Albuquerque Academy.
The two are 3-1 in district, but the Chargers, who are coming off a loss at Los Alamos, handed the Sundevils their lone district defeat by four points.
Leading the way for head coach Cindy Roybal's defending district champion was 5-11 senior post Alexis Lovato with 30 points. Then there was 5-3 senior guard Leah DeAguero tossing in a trio of 3s and winding up with a dozen points. Adding 10 points was 5-3 sophomore guard Kaylee Chavez.
Del Norte picked up a team-high 15 points from senior guard Maiakah Martinez. It trailed 22-16 after one quarter, by 29-23 at halftime, and by 44-32 after three quarters.
The Knights made a late run in the fourth quarter but were forced into several turnovers that led to points and the close win for Espanola.
It was the first time in three years as district foes that the Sundevils won at Del Norte, and the first time this athletic season that one of their teams emerged victorious from there. The volleyball team lost in five sets to the Knights and the football team was routed, 41-19, in the season finale.
In 2-4A at red-hot Las Vegas Robertson, it was a 63-43 rout over Pojoaque, which brought the Cardinals' win streak to 10 games, put its overall mark at 18-3, and dropped the Elkettes to 2-2 in district and 10-11 overall.
The next stop for Robertson is Saturday night at St. Michael's (9-11, 1-3), while Pojoaque is home to last place Taos (11-11, 1-3), and in 2-5A Del Norte travels to Los Alamos (6-15, 1-1).
As for the Lady Horsemen, they dropped a 58-53 game to visiting West Las Vegas, which advanced to 2-2, a tie for second place with Pojoaque, and is 15-7 overall. St. Michael's trailed early, but led by 5-6 senior wing Jocelyn Fernandez, cut the gap to 47-44 with 3:14 remaining. But the Lady Horsemen could connect on only 3-for-6 from the floor and the Dons held off the challenge.
In 2-5A at Los Alamos, Capital High snapped an 8-game losing and one its first district game in four starts by turning back the Hilltoppers, 50-47. It put the Jaguars at 4-18 overall and dropped Los Alamos to 6-15 and 1-2.
Capital trailed 19-12 after one quarter, but outscored the Hilltoppers, 13-3, in the second quarter to grab a 36-32 halftime lead. The Jaguars increased the lead to 47-42 after three quarters and then held off a late Los Alamos challenge to make for a happy ride home.
In 2-6A Saturday, Santa Fe High (9-12, 2-3) plays at Albuquerque Sandia (14-4, 2-2).
In 3-3A, first place Pecos is now 4-0 in district and 14-7 overall with a 63-17 rout over Academy of Technology and The Classics in Santa Fe. The Panthers were led by 5-3 sophomore guard Cassie Muller's 18 points and head coach Ron Drake used his bench throughout. The Phoenix fell to 8-12 overall and are 1-3 in district. The contest was shortened by the mercy-rule clock.
The Pecos boys, 19-1 and on a 19-game win streak after losing its opener to West Las Vegas by 20 points, and holds down first place at 4-0. Omar Dominquez showed the way with 18 points and Xavier Padilla contributed 14 as head coach Ira Harge cleared his bench early.
Pecos led by 26-10 after one quarter, by 61-13 at the half, and by 81-16 entering the fourth quarter as the mercy-rule clock continued to tick and shorten the game. ATC is now 3-12 overall and on an 8-game losing streak, while winless in four district starts.