Cardinals still throwing up 3s as the running clock winds down, and is now 15-3 overall, while Lady Horsemen fall to 8-10 and head for Taos in district test Saturday night
By Arnie Leshin
Las Vegas Robertson was really piling it on.
With one minute to go in Wednesday night’s District 2-4A girl’s basketball game at St. Michael’s Perez-Shelley gymnasium, starting point guard Maria Barela tossed in a 3. With two minutes remaining, the 5-foot-5 daughter
of head coach Leroy Barella converted a pair of foul shots.
Big plays. The two freebies had the Cardinals up 58-16. Then came the 3 that upped the margin to 61-17. For almost the entire fourth quarter or when the score was the mercy-rule 35 point-lead that brought the shot clock running until the finish, it was no contest. One more charity shot and the mismatch ended at 62-17.
The Lady Horsemen knew they were playing a rival with a gaudy 15-3 record that included five wins in a row and that has it up near the top of 4A, a team with a big advantage in size, and a coach who made certain he was going to leave with a huge victory.
His leading scorer, 5-11 junior Alianza Darley, turned in 21 points, one basket that began the final quarter with a 54-16 score, was followed by two foul shots, and her work was done and her team was up by 41 points.
It was no contest as St. Michael’s dropped to 8-10 and suffered its third-straight defeat. Up against a 6-2 senior post in Angelica Montoya, a versatile Darley, 5-11 senior Brianna Roybal, 5-10 junior Jasmyne Jenkins, 5-9 sophomore Tesa Ortiz, and a young, smart, well-schooled point guard in Barela.
The Cards were up 23-6 after one quarter, 35-12 at halftime, and 52-15 heading into the last eight minutes of the running clock. Barela wound up with eight points and Montoya scored a dozen while dominating the boards.
The closest the Lady Horsemen came was at 7-4 on a basket from sophomore leading scorer Marissa Padilla.
It was Robertson’s third-straight win over a Santa Fe school after turning back Santa Fe Indian School and Capital. The Cardinals, who have played only two times on their court that was being rejuvenated, will be home on Feb. 7 against St. Michael’s.
On Saturday night, the Lady Horsemen will visit Taos for a district contest. In an afternoon game, the Cardinals meet up with cross-town rival West Las Vegas at home.
This time, St. Michael’s is hopeful of returning home with a victory. Taos is 6-10 overall and 0-1 in district.