Sometimes you can do everything right and still lose.
Sometimes there is nothing a coach can critique.
It was that kind of night for the Santa Fe Waldorf girls basketball team when it traveled to Jemez Pueblo to play Walatowa in a District 5B game.
The Lady Wolves fell to the Lady Cougars 36-26, despite outrebounding them and playing sound defense.
The problem? Offense.
Waldorf shot 10-for-61 from the field and converted just 6 of 16 free throws.
“We just couldn’t put the ball in the hole,” said a baffled Daniel Wendland, Waldorf’s head coach. “I thought we got good looks, we just couldn’t finish.”
Sophia Richard posted a double-double for the Lady Wolves (10-11, 1-2 5B), scoring 12 points and grabbing 22 rebounds. Alex Chastenet added 12 rebounds. Keifer Nace scored nine points and had three assists.
But it was all for naught.
Walatowa (4-20, 1-2) held a 16-11 halftime lead but Waldorf’s shooting woes finally caught up to it in the third quarter as the Lady Cougars outscored the Lady Wolves 13-5. In the end, 11 points from Chrishewlda Baca was all Walatowa needed to get the win.
Abq. Hope Christian 58, St. Michael’s 28
The Lady Horsemen continued to fight in Albuquerque against the top-ranked Lady Huskies despite missing four players after a brutal 48-9 home loss to the co-5AAA leaders Santa Fe Indian School.
“I’m proud of the heart our girls showed,” St. Michael’s head coach Martin Romero said. “It’s the nature of our district, we’ll just take it as [the games] come and play hard.”
Leala Longmire scored 16 points for Hope Christian (21-3, 4-0), who will battle SFIS in a rematch on Wednesday to determine the regular-season district champ.
Viola Pecos’ 10 points paced St. Michael’s (13-12, 1-3).
Mora 66, Monte del Sol 31
The Rangerettes tried pressing, but the Lady Dragons handled it well and only trailed 28-19 at the half of a 2AA game at Christian Life Academy. So, Mora (22-2, 6-0) tried it again, but with better results. The reward was was second straight District 2AA regular-season title.
Monte del Sol (12-10, 2-4) scored just 12 points after the break, with one coming in the fourth quarter.
“We pressed them a little bit better,” Rangerettes head coach Mark Cassidy said. “They handled it real well in the first half, but in the second half, we did a real good job of covering our assignments.”
Chantel Rivera led the way for the Rangerettes with 25 points, while Gerdy Herrera added 14 and Brianna Pacheco 11.
Alyssia Lujan had 12 points for the Lady Dragons.
The Santa Fe High cheer and dance team can boast about owning the only District 2AAAA crowns in the sport’s history.
The Demonettes made it a clean sweep for the second straight year in the 2AAAA championships, beating second-place Española Valley for the title in the cheer division. Santa Fe High was the lone dance team to compete.
This is the second year for district competition, which coincides with the New Mexico Activities Association’s decision to sanction spirit competition as a sport. Santa Fe High will advance to the State Spirit Championships scheduled for March 22 and 23 in the Santa Ana Star Center.
In order to compete in the state championships, dance and cheer teams must compete in three events sanctioned by the NMAA.