Peñasco girls off to a strong start

The Taos News - - SPORTS - By Sheila Miller [email protected]­news.com

The Peñasco girls basketball team nabbed sec­ond place in the Ben Lu­jan Tour­na­ment at Po­joaque High School this week­end, giv­ing them a 7-2 start to their sea­son.

Thurs­day

To open the tour­na­ment, the Lady Pan­thers played the 4A Ber­nalillo Lady Spar­tans Thurs­day (Dec. 20). Their 70-53 win brought them head-to­head with the Santa Fe In­dian School on Fri­day.

Fri­day

The Lady Pan­thers’ per­for­mance Fri­day (Dec. 21) against the Lady Braves of the Santa Fe In­dian School demon­strated real de­ter­mi­na­tion. The Braves, the third-ranked class 3A team in New Mex­ico, had a dou­ble-digit lead, but the Pan­thers re­fused to quit.

To bring them­selves from be­hind to the tight 49-47 win, the Pan­thers di­aled it up on de­fense. Though they were outscored in each of the first three quar­ters, in the fourth they were able to score dou­ble the 12 points of the Santa Fe In­dian School.

Coach Gil­bert Man­zanares kept his play­ers fo­cused when the go­ing was tough and drew up the fi­nal game-win­ning play to Carly Gon­za­les who played her re­li­ably ex­cel­lent game. The real dif­fer­ence in this come­from-be­hind win was likely Adri­anna Tafoya who el­e­vated her play to meet the de­mands of the game.

Satur­day

In the cham­pi­onship round, the 2A Lady Pan­thers took on the first-ranked team in 4A and tour­na­ment hosts, the Po­joaque Val­ley Elkettes. It was the Elkettes who took home the tro­phy af­ter their 51-37 win.

Coach Man­zanares has set a chal­leng­ing sea­son for his play­ers, con­sis­tently putting the Lady Pan­thers up against big­ger schools. As they rise to meet dif­fi­cult op­po­nents, they in­crease their prepa­ra­tion and co­he­sive­ness for their district games later in the sea­son.

John T. Denne

Peñasco Lady Pan­ther Adri­ana Tafoya puts up a shot dur­ing the Lady Pan­ther vic­tory over Santa Fe In­dian School Fri­day (Dec. 21) dur­ing the Ben Lu­jan Tour­na­ment at Po­joaque High School.

John T. Denne

Peñasco Lady Pan­ther Adri­ana Tafoya driv­ing to the bas­ket dur­ing the Lady Pan­ther vic­tory over Santa Fe In­dian School Fri­day (Dec. 21) dur­ing the Ben Lu­jan Tour­na­ment at Po­joaque High School.

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