Tough task for Santa Fe High girl's basketball team to enter 6A state tournament, Saturday night's home win over Clovis helped
Short-handed Demonettes come away with 57-52 victory
By ARNIE LESHIN
It's all in the hands of the team, the girl's basketball team from Santa Fe High School.
With an important District 2-6A 57-52 win Saturday night over visiting Clovis at Toby Roybal Memorial gymnasium, the Demonettes kept their slim hopes alive of making it to the state tournament, but that's only if they can finish strong, including in the upcoming district tournament.
Currently, they are 10-14 overall and 3-5 in district, but 16 schools are chosen for the state tourney, and Santa Fe High is now No. 15 in the state 6A rankings.
Tuesday night, it plays at last place Albuquerque Manzano. Saturday night, it visits second place Albuquerque Eldorado. These two final games of the regular season will decide the Demonettes' seeding in the district tournament.
Albuquerque La Cueva holds the top spot at 8-0, next comes Eldorado at 5-2, with Albuquerque Sandia at 5-3, two games ahead of Santa Fe High, while Clovis dropped to the basement at 2-6.
It will be a tough task, but the Demonettes would look good if they could advance to the district final. If not, a sweep of these last two games would be fine, a split would be half fine. A double-dip would be a disaster.
But with their top scorer, 5-foot-9 junior wing Adonica Baca-Martinez, sidelined following a concussion, they still managed to play well enough to
Taking care of the scoring was sophomore guard Taylor Salazar with 22 points, junior shooting guard Kaya Suina nine, and eight each from senior post Elena Gonzales and senior guard Katelynn Baca.
Santa Fe High held a 23-19 lead at halftime, then outscored the Wildcats 23-13 in the third quarter to up the margin to 42-36. When Clovis made a late run to grab a five-point lead in the final two minutes, the Demonettes rallied to gain the lead for good.
In 2-4A, Las Vegas Robertson, West Las Vegas and Pojoaque Valley have the best shots at making state, with St. Michael's and Taos still with a chance. The Cardinals are at No. 2 in the state 4A rankings, WLV at No. 8, the Elks at No. 9, Taos at No. 16, one spot ahead of St. Michael's.
In 2-5A, no problem at getting to state for first place Espanola Valley, with Albuquerque Del Norte and Albuquerque Academy also probably getting in. In the present class rankings, the second-place Chargers are No. 3, surprisingly ahead of the No. 5 Sundevils, and the Knights are No. 8.
In 3A, District three winner Pecos is ranked seventh, District four winner Dulce is ninth, Espanola McCurdy 11th, Raton 14th, Tierra Encantada 15th, Santa Rosa 17th, and Academy of Technology and The Classics 18th.
The top three schools in 3A are streaking. No. 1 Eunice has won 12 in a row, No. 2 Tohatchi 11 straight, and No. 3 Laguna-Acoma has reeled off 13 in a row.