On Tuesday, the Santa Fe Waldorf boys basketball team welcomed back senior guard Edgar Davila, who had missed most of the last two weeks with back problems. The Wolves also welcomed back their winning ways with a crucial District 5B win over Evangel Christian, 52-41, in Albuquerque.
Davila scored six points, but his presence had a calming effect on the rest of the team.
“It helps to have one more guy you can depend on to handle the ball and not make silly mistakes or force the ball,” said Rob Clifford, Wolves head coach. “No question we are a lot better ball club when he is in there.”
The Wolves (16-5 overall, 3-2 5B) are a lot better when Elliot Radsliff has two healthy legs. The senior guard has struggled since an ankle injury in early January, but he exploded for 25 points to lead all scorers.
Waldorf took 28-20 at the half, and outscored the Eagles 15-8 in the fourth quarter after its lead was trimmed to 37-33.
Mora 82, Peñasco 60
The halftime adjustments all belonged to the Rangers.
Head coach James Branch kept the speech at the break short after the Panthers cut a 22-7 lead to 36-28 at the half of a 2AA home game.
“I didn’t have to rant,” Branch said. “I put it on them to take care of it, and they came out with a 31-point third quarter.”
Mora (16-8, 5-2) led 65-45 heading into the fourth. Rangers wing Cody Najar had a game-high 30 points. while Lornezo Chavez added 24. Americk Vasquez had 11 and Jeremiah Olivas 10.
Austin Casados led Peñasco with 18 points.
Santa Fe High 72, Bernalillo 35
Now is the time when Demonettes head coach Elmer Chavez wants his team to be at its best.
Santa Fe High (22-2, 6-1) showed it by shooting over 70 percent and putting itself one win away from the program’s first outright District 2AAAA title since 1999.
Kayla Herrera had 18 points, Jackie Martinez added 15, Sabrina Padilla 12 and Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage 11.
Mora 54, Peñasco 21
The Rangerettes improved to 7-0 in 2AA by breezing past the Lady Panthers.
The scores were 20-2 after a quarter and 37-6 at the half for Mora (23-2).
Mark Cassidy, Mora’s head coach, is looking toward the boys team during practice to give his team the challenge it needs to improve for postseason play.
“We need them to work on our game, to work on our fundamentals a little better and execution when we play tougher teams,” Cassidy said.
Chantel Rivera had a team-high 13 points, while Gerty Herrera and Destiny Pacheco each had 12.
Santa Fe Waldorf 45, Evangel Christian 40
The Lady Wolves upset the 5B leaders on the road, overcoming a 15-5 first-quarter deficit to do it. Waldorf (10-11, 2-2) outscored Evangel 13-4 in the fourth quarter to erase a 36-32 Lady Eagles lead.
“The girls clawed back with a lot of fight,” said Daniel Wendland, Lady Wolves head coach. “They did a great job defensively by forcing them to shoot outside shots.”
Sophia Richard had 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead Waldorf, while Kiefer Nace added 10.
Abq. Volcano Vista 56, Rio Rancho Cleveland 44
The Lady Hawks pressed their way to a 30-17 lead and cruised to a 1AAAAA win.
“We got some early turnovers and converted them into points,” said Lisa Villareal, Lady Hawks head coach and Española Valley graduate.
Hannah Fenske had 21 points for Volcano Vista (17-6, 3-2), while Ebony Hodge scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.