WEEK IN RE­VIEW

A LOOK BACK AT THE TOP SPORTS STO­RIES IN NORTH­ERN NEW MEX­ICO

Albuquerque Journal - - SPORTS - BY GLEN ROS­ALES

FOR JOUR­NAL NORTH BAS­KET­BALL FRI­DAY LOS ALAMOS 55, MO­RI­ARTY 42:

It’s been a long bat­tle to­ward the breakeven mark for the Hill­top­pers, but thanks to a strong run in District 2-4A, a .500 record is just one win away.

Thanks to an odd twist in the sched­ule, Los Alamos played four district games in an eight­day span, but the Hill­top­pers are now off un­til Feb. 16. But it was good for the team be­cause it came at a time when it was play­ing well.

It worked out well Fri­day when after fall­ing be­hind early, the vis­it­ing Hill­top­pers (11-12, 5-0) took con­trol in the third quar­ter, turn­ing a two­point half­time lead into a 42-32 ad­van­tage head­ing into the fourth quar­ter.

“I think the dif­fer­ence after the first quar­ter, we started to es­tab­lish our in­side and the out­side also started to es­tab­lish them­selves,” said Los Alamos coach Lance(CQ) Carter. “We hit three 3s in the sec­ond quar­ter and our de­fen­sive pres­sure picked up a lit­tle bit.”

The half­time ad­van­tage would have been even greater, Carter said, if Los Alamos had not given a cou­ple of cher­ryp­ick­ing bas­kets in the clos­ing sec­onds.

But that did help to fire up the Hill­top­pers for the third quar­ter.

“We re­ally es­tab­lished out dom­i­nance to start the third quar­ter, go­ing 14-6,” Carter said. “That’s where we re­ally started to kick in. We es­tab­lished our in­side that much more and took care of the bas­ket­ball.”

The quar­ter was marked by a splen­did buck from back-up post Mad­die Ru­miner, Carter said, which kept the team go­ing.

“She had a re­ally great bas­ket dur­ing that third quar­ter and that’s an­other ex­am­ple of team play,” he said. “We’re not fo­cus­ing on one kid. Ev­ery sin­gle kid on the board has the green light to take shots.”

Becca Green scored 14 to lead the of­fen­sive ef­fort and Alex Calderon and Je­nee Mon­toya each added 11.

“When I talked to them about this game, I told them it was a chance to im­prove and I think we did that,” Carter said. “We weren’t just try­ing to win, we were try­ing to get bet­ter and I re­ally like that.”

IN OTHER GAMES FRI­DAY: BOYS

Rio Grande 68, Cap­i­tal 56; Al­bu­querque High 62, Santa Fe 58; NM School for the Deaf 64, Ok­la­homa 41 (Great Plains Schools for the Deaf Tour­na­ment).

GIRLS

Po­joaque Val­ley 53, Es­pañola Val­ley 52.

THURS­DAY BOYS NM SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 69, IOWA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 15:

The Road­run­ners (155) ad­vanced to the semi­fi­nals of the Great Plains Schools for the Deaf Tour­na­ment, at the Min­nesota State Academy for the Deaf in Farib­ault, Minn.

PE­COS 66, WEST LAS VE­GAS 47:

Is­mael Vil­le­gas scored 25 points to lead vis­it­ing Pe­cos (18-3) in the romp, while Omar Dominguez added 12 points. John Bal­izan scored 17 for the Dons (9-12).

In other games Thurs­day:

Es­pañola Val­ley 74, Taos 59; Academy for Tech­nol­ogy and The Clas­sics 52, Desert Academy 40, McCurdy 69, Tierra En­can­tada 24; Mora 72, Mesa Vista 37; Pe­nasco 82, Questa 53; Po­joaque Val­ley 45, Los Alamos 35;

GIRLS CAP­I­TAL 53, RIO GRANDE 20:

Mi­randa Cortez scored 10 of her 13 points in the third quar­ter as the host Jaguars (9-12, 3-3 in District 5-5A) went on a de­ci­sive 21-5 run. Heaven Arcin­iega added 12 points and Ethena Silva scored 10.

AL­BU­QUERQUE HIGH 63, SANTA FE 21:

It was a rough night for the De­mon­ettes (8-14, 2-4 in District 5-5A) as Heaven Martinez hit their only 3-pointer and lead in scor­ing with five. Santa Fe trailed 14-3 after one quar­ter and 24-11 at the half.

In other games Thurs­day:

Es­calante 49, Coron­ado 44; McCurdy 47, Tierra En­can­tada 12; Mesa Vista 41, Mora 38; Peñasco 64, Questa 42.

WED­NES­DAY BOYS ST. MICHAEL’S 72, WEST LAS VE­GAS 54:

Devon Flores had 12 points as the host Horse­men (14-7, 5-0 in 2-3A) won their sixth straight as the Dons (9-11, 2-3) strug­gled.

SANTA FE HIGH 89, RIO GRANDE 65:

Since the in­side pres­ence of the Demons (16-5 over­all, 3-2 in 5-5A) is all in street clothes with in­juries, the team has had to ad­just to hit­ting from the out­side and made a school­record 16 3-point­ers against the Ravens. An­to­nio Lo­vato hit four of those 3-point­ers and fin­ished with 20 points. Chris­tian Ka­vanaugh scored 17 and Dove Her­nan­dez and Cruz Martinez added 11 each.

MANZANO 52, CAP­I­TAL 49:

T.J. Sanchez scored 23 points and Do­minic Luna added 11 for the vis­it­ing Jaguars (15-5, 2-3 in 5-5A). Cap­i­tal took a 39-34 into the fourth quar­ter but could not hold onto the ad­van­tage.

In other games Wed­nes­day:

Robert­son 78, Ra­ton 58.

TUES­DAY GIRLS CAP­I­TAL 51, MANZANO 40:

Jaci Cole scored 12 points and Mi­randa Cortez added 10 as the host Jaguars (8-12, 2-3 in 5-5A) won each quar­ter.

LOS ALAMOS 55, PO­JOAQUE VAL­LEY 48:

The host Hill­top­pers (10-12, 4-0 in 2-4A) scored the game’s fi­nal 17 points to rally for the win as Becca Green scored 16 points. Tay­lor Roy­bal and Ashten Martinez each scored 11 for the Elkettes (18-4, 3-1).

ST. MICHAEL’S 57, WEST LAS VE­GAS 48:

It was dou­ble trou­ble for the host Horse­men (10-10, 2-2 in 2-3A) as Joe­lyn Fer­nan­dez (11 points, 10 re­bounds) and Stella Va­len­cia (10, 10) each had dou­ble-doubles to back the 15 points from Cia Al­varez. The Dons (13-8, 1-3) started off slow, fail­ing to score in the first quar­ter, and could never re­cover.

SANTA FE PREP 28, DESERT ACADEMY/S.F. WAL­DORF 16:

In a de­fen­sive bat­tle, the host Blue Griffins (5-5) got just enough of­fense from Anna Knight with 19 points to hold off the Wild Wolves (2-6).

ES­PAÑOLA VAL­LEY 65, TAOS 29:

Kaylinn Martinez scored 12 points for the vis­it­ing Sun­dev­ils (11-9, 2-2 in District 2-4A) and the trio of Kaylee Chavez, Des­tiny Valdez and Jas­mine Baca each added 10, while the Tigers (2-17, 0-4) got 10 from Amiree Olivas.

SANTA FE HIGH 61, ABQ. RIO GRANDE 40:

Tay­lor Salazar scored 14 points for the De­mon­ettes (8-13, 2-3 in District 5-5A), while Kiara Kauka and Alexis Es­pinosa each con­trib­uted 10.

TIERRA EN­CAN­TADA 34, MONTE DEL SOL 33:

Ida Con­tr­eras scored 17 points for the Lady Alacranes (2-13, 1-1), which was enough to outdo the 18 points Daisy Or­tiz scored for Dragons (2-16, 2-1).

In other games Tues­day:

McCurdy 67, Academy for Tech­nol­ogy and Clas­sics 14; Je­mez Val­ley 60, NM School for the Deaf 23; Robert­son 62, Ra­ton 26.

BOYS MCCURDY 82, ACADEMY FOR TECH­NOL­OGY AND THE CLAS­SICS 41:

The host Bob­cats (14-5, 1-0 in 2-2A) fi­nally got to play a district game and wasted no time in dou­bling up the Phoenix (4-8, 0-1). McCurdy led 50-23 at half and were never threat­ened.

MONTE DEL SOL 77, TIERRA EN­CAN­TADA 33:

Santi Archuleta scored 26 points and Peter Lu­jan added 22 to power the Dragons (13-8, 3-0 in 2-2A) past the Alacranes (0-14, 0-3), who got 21 from Ge­orge Salazar.

NM SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 69, JE­MEZ VAL­LEY 31:

Deven Thompson ruled the Road­run­ners’ (14-5, 1-0 in 7-1A) roost with 33 points and 25 re­bounds, while Luis Vil­lalo­bos had 14 points and Bruce Brewer Jr. had a dou­ble-dou­ble with 10 points and 10 as­sists.

In other games Tues­day:

Santa Fe In­dian School 70, Santa Fe Prep 23; Santa Rosa 51, Mora 48.

MON­DAY BOYS ES­CALANTE 72, NORTH­WEST 29:

The Lo­bos (12-8) got off to a big 26-5 lead after the first quar­ter, ex­panded that to 44-11 at half­time and cruised to the vic­tory.

WRESTLING

Santa Fe wrapped an un­de­feated District 5-5A slate by tak­ing care of Cap­i­tal 69-6 on Wed­nes­day. In in­di­vid­ual matches, 106: Jeremiah Padilla, SF, over Avelino Tru­jillo , C, (Fall 4:44); 113: Izaak Martinez, SF (For.); 120: Adam Peña , SF, (For.); 126: Miguel Padilla, SF, over Daniel Roy­bal, C, (Fall 0:43); 132: An­gelo Padilla, SF, over Val Or­nelas, C, (Fall 1:02); 138: Abran Men­di­ola, SF, over Isa­iah Bal­don­ado, C, (Dec 14-7); 145: Jaden Sch­lien­ing, SF, over D`An­dre Martinez , C, (Fall 2:43); 152: Sammy Martinez, SF, over Adrian Aragon, C, (Fall 0:35); 160: Kobe Romero, SF, over Brian Gu­tier­rez, C, (Fall 0:19); 170: Isa­iah Var­gas , SF, over An­dres Al­varado, C, (Fall 2:24); 182: Eli­jah Martinez , SF, (For.); 195: Alvin Sosa, SF, (For.); 220: Dou­ble For­feit; 285: Ju­lian Sanchez, C, over Deonte Teno­rio, SF, (Fall 3:28).

SIGNED

Santa Fe guard Tay­lor Salazar signed to play bas­ket­ball at Cochise Col­lege, a ju­nior col­lege in Sierra Vista, Ariz. McCurdy tight end/de­fen­sive end San­ti­ago Gar­cia signed to play at the Col­lege of the Desert, a ju­nior col­lege in Palm Springs, Calif. St. Michael quar­ter­back/line­backer Do­minic Mor­gan signed to play foot­ball at Ave Maria Univer­sity, an NAIA school in south­ern Florida.

HIRED

Robert­son foot­ball coach Leroy Gon­za­lez, who has led the Car­di­nals to four con­sec­u­tive state cham­pi­onship games, is tak­ing on some new du­ties as he was re­cently hired to coach the Robert­son base­ball team.

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