Ron Drake’s debut at Pojoaque Valley went as expected.
In other words, he ruined Tom Montoya’s at Capital.
The Elkettes leaned on Cheyenne Cordova in a 57-19 win Tuesday in Ben Lujan Gymnasium. Cordova hit three 3s and finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and eight steals, as Pojoaque jumped out to a 10-0 lead and led start to finish.
Capital had mild success employing its matchup zone but couldn’t produce any offense, lost a pair of players to injury and trailed 28-9 at the break. Selena Gonzales sprained her ankle in the first quarter. She re-entered the game in the fourth but was still bothered by it. She was followed by Adrianna Ochoa, who hurt her knee in the second quarter.
“That changed the complexity of the game for us,” Montoya said.
The Lady Jaguars didn’t have anybody in double figures. Drake emptied his bench, and 11 players scored for the Elkettes
“We were a little rusty,” Drake said.
Española Valley 64, Kirtland Central 36
The Lady Sundevils bullied the defending state champion Lady Broncos, outscoring them 25-6 in the second quarter to take a 39-21 halftime lead in Edward Medina Gymnasium.
Ashlynn Trujillo poured in 20 points for the Lady Sundevils, and Lauren Quintana had 10 points in first-year head coach Oliver Torres’s motion-based offense. Caitlin Trujillo was the lone Lady Sundevil who didn’t score, but she made up for that by dishing out eight assists and playing lockdown defense.
“I think the girls were up for the challenge,” Torres said. “I also made sure I let them know we don’t play down to our competition; we play up.”
Santa Fe Preparatory 38, Bosque School 35
Joy Maran buried a last-second shot to lift the Blue Griffins to a dramatic win in Prep Gymnasium.
The Blue Griffins headed into the locker room with a 18-9 lead, but the Lady Bobcats outscored them the next two quarters until Maran bailed them out with her clutch clincher.
“It wasn’t the cleanest game,” Prep head coach Anika Amon said. “It wasn’t real pretty, but we battled it out and came out on top.”
Prep was paced by Maddie Fort’s 17 points, while Maran had eight points and seven boards.
Kirtland Central 48, Los Alamos 25
The Hilltoppers poured all their energy into defending Broncos’ big man Christian Mackey — so much so that they forgot to score. Kirtland Central stretched a 28-24 lead into a blowout.
Los Alamos didn’t have a field goal in the fourth quarter and scored only one point after battling the Broncos to a near-stalemate through three periods.
Mackey scored nine of his 25 points in the fourth quarter.
“We just got a little bit fatigued,” Los Alamos head coach Fil Dominguez said. “We had a hard time with their big guy. He was just a bull.”
Simon Heath finished had 10 points and Franklin Archuleta had nine or Los Alamos, which only went seven deep.
Santa Fe Preparatory 50, Bosque 44 (2OT)
In Prep Gymnasium, Francis Castillo y Mulert hit a pair of big 3-pointers in the first overtime, then Wyeth Carpenter converted some clutch free throws in the second extra session to get the Blue Griffins (3-0) a big nondistrict win over the visiting Bobcats.
Scoring was at a premium as Bosque led 16-13 at halftime. As the game got into overtime, survival became a key as players from each team dealt with foul trouble. The Bobcats (0-1) lost a pair of their top players in the second overtime, helping Prep outscore them 9-2 in the final four minutes.
Will Lenfesty led all scorers with 14 points. Ian Andersson had 11 while Carpenter had 10 and Castillo y Mulert had 9.
Christian Johnston led three Bosque players in double figures with 11 points.