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Santa Fe Indian School girls seek their sixth-straight win

Santa Fe Indian School girls seek their sixth-straight win when they meet up today against host Santa Fe High at the annual Capital City/Bobby Rodriguez played at Toby Roybal Memorial gym

Braves-Demonettes in one semifinal, Robertson versus Portales in the other

Arnie Leshin

By ARNIE LESHIN, Santa Fe Today

The Santa Fe Indian School girls stretched their win streak to five Thursday in the first round of the annual Capital City/Bobby Rodriguez basketball tournament, and will meet up with former head coach Cindy Roybal in today’s semifinals at the Toby Roybal Memorial gymnasium.

While the Braves advanced to 5-1 by turning back Belen, 59-46, Roybal’s Santa Fe High team defeated Deming, 56-35, and the two match-up at 5:30 p.m. In the other semis, it will be undefeated, top-ranked 4A Robertson (4-0) versus 2nd ranked 4A Portales (5-1) at 2 p.m.

The Cardinals rolled over Capital, 74-38, while the Rams won handily over St. Michael’s, 58-38.

In the consolation round, it will be Belen (3-1) against Deming (3-3) and Capital (4-4) against the Lady Horsemen (1-4).

Now Braves’ head coach Christie Abeyta will go head-to-head against her former mentor at Indian School, Roybal, who is in her first season with the Demonettes. Usually one who takes charge, Roybal has decided to name her team the Lady Demons, even has its new uniforms, but Demonettes is still officially the nickname.

Despite injuries and illnesses, Indian School held a 10-point lead at halftime and trailed for a few seconds with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter against the previously undefeated Eagles. But the Braves picked up the pace and scored the final seven points in that span.

One starter and two key substitutes did not play this day. One has a torn meniscus and is expected back today, while another has strep throat and the other is out for an undisclosed health issue.

So the team called on the trio of Camilla and Leanna Lewis and Frankie Chavez. Camilla scored 15, Chavez 12, and Leanna 10. Abeyta said she has bench strength and was able to apply it.

Santa Fe High, which lost its first three games, won its second in a row in a wild contest that included nearly 50 turnovers and some dismal foul shooting. It was Deming that converted only six of 23 tries from the foul line and committed 28 turnovers as it slowly fell behind.

At halftime the Demonettes held a 31-16 advantage, with senior Adonica Baca-Martinez scoring 15 of her team-high 19 points at intermission. The Santa Fe High defense applied enough pressure to up the lead 23 in the third quarter.

Deming never got closer the rest of the way. Santa Fe High did commit 20 turnovers of its own, but showed enough depth to remain handily in front.

Robertson had no problem disposing of Capital, and the same for Portales in its romp over St. Michael’s. The Jaguars received a team-high 15 points from junior Kyannah Cole and Lady Horsemen junior Joelyn Fernandez was her team’s lone player in double figures by tossing in 10.

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