Four Cardinals in double figures at rejuvenated gym, but Robertson boys not so fortunate in 76-61 setback at Mora
By Arnie Leshin
Two schools with impressive girl’s basketball resumes, Penasco in Class 2A versus Robertson in Class 4A, turned into a mismatch in Wednesday night’s non district game in Las Vegas.
When all was said and done, the Cardinals perched on top 82-44, but the truth is that all was said and done way before this as Robertson advanced to 12-3 and the Panthers fell to 12-4 and had their 4-game win streak busted.
It had been quite some time since work began on the Michael Mar gymnasium, and this was the first Cardinal home game after many trips on the road, 14 in all.
It was a slow start for the home team and its faithful fans, but when head coach Leroy Barela’s sophomore daughter, Maria, tossed in 4-of-4 3-pointers, it fueled a 29-13 run that put her Robertson ahead 41-22 at halftime against the recent Ben Lujan Memorial Invitational champion.
Sophomore wing and leading scorer Alianza Darley was right on target for her 22.3 scoring averaging by putting in 21 points that included a pair of 3s. Barela also scored 21, and Brianna Roybal came up with 14 that included four 3s. Plus, 6-foot-2 senior post Angelica Montoya added a dozen to the well-balanced lineup.
Darley also came away with seven steals and Barela had two. And Jazmyne Jenkins brought down a dozen rebounds, five more than Montoya.
Tonight, the Cardinals have to hit the road again with a non district contest at Santa Fe Indian School, which is 11-3 and with a 5-game winning streak.
. . . The Robertson boys weren’t as fortunate despite playing at 3A Mora in a non district game.
While taking a 76-61 setback, the Cardinals fell to 5-11 and have now lost three in a row while Mora advanced to 9-7. Robertson doesn’t play again until it begins District 2-4A play on Tuesday night versus St. Michael’s.