St. Michael’s ends 8-game losing skein by upending visiting Taos, 57-45, in District 2-4A as junior Carisa Padilla paved the way with 16 points that included two 3s
By Arnie Leshin
The Capital High girls began their four-game win streak by defeating Albuquerque Del Norte on the road. Tonight, the first place Jaguars get a visit from the Knights and hope to maintain the top spot in District 2-5A.
Under first-year head coach Darren Casados, Capital is 12-10 overall and 4-0 in the district. Del Norte is 10-11 and 3-2.
In Tuesday night play, first place Santa Fe Indian School continued rolling alone by dominating East Mountain, 72-23, in Sandia Park. The Braves have won eight in a row, eight of their last nine, and 13 of their last 14, to move to 19-4 overall and 6-0 in District 5-4A. The lone loss was to Las Vegas Robertson in a non district contest.
Also Tuesday night, Santa Fe High was trying to end a 7-game losing skein at La Cueva, but it wasn’t reported. The Demonettes came into this game at 9-13 overall and 0-6 in District 2.
But St. Michael’s did make the win column after losing eight in a row. It topped visiting Taos, 57-45. The Lady Horsemen bolted out to a 10-4 lead after one quarter, upped it to 29-15 at the half, and led 43-26 after three quarters to advance to 9-14 overall and gain their first victory in six District 2-4A starts.
Leading the way was leading scorer, Carisa Padilla, tossing in16 points on 8-for-11 shooting that included a pair of 3s. Sophomore point guard Cia Alvarez, added 14 points and brought down five rebounds, and Karissa Baca scored 10. Senior Lauren Chafins took down five rebounds and senior Jodi Gromley came away with six rebounds and two blocks.
The Tigers, who defeated St. Michael’s in the previous meeting at home, 36-29, dropped to 7-16 overall and 1-5 in district.
Also in 2-4A, frontrunner Las Vegas Robertson had no problem handing cross town rival West Las Vegas 69-30 loss. The Cardinals are 6-0 in district and 21-3 overall, while the Dons fell to 15-8 overall and 2-3 in district. Robertson led from the start. It was 11-2 after one quarter, 31-14, at halftime, and 51-21 heading into the final quarter.
In 4-4A, Albuquerque Hope Christian turned in a 65-42 romp at Ruidoso, but remained in third place behind Portales and Moriarty. Those two met last night and the Rams rolled 70-47 to defeat the Pintos for the second time and move to 21-2 overall and 5-0 in district. Moriarty is now 21-3 overall and 3-2 in district. Hope is 12-12 and 2-3.
Espanola McCurdy handed winless Santa Fe Prep a 69-15 loss, its 14th, while the Bobcats became 15-7 overall in the 2-3A game.
In 3-3A, Academy of Technology and The Classics earned its initial win in district by turning back the Desert Academy/Waldorf combo, 39-31, with Felicity Sealy leading the way with 19 points as ATC advanced to 1-5 in district and 8-14 overall.
In 5-5A, first place Los Lunas won a 39-37 tight one over second place Belen. The Wildcats are now 20-2 overall and 5-0 in district. The Rockets dropped to 12-11.
In a non district contest, 6A Albuquerque Rio Rancho had no trouble disposing of 5A Espanola Valley, 51-20, as the Sundevils became 11-11 overall and Rio Rancho advanced to 18-5.
In 2-6A, it was first place Albuquerque Eldorado taking out Albuqueque Sandia, 57-32, and is now 5-0 in district and 16-5 overall. Sandia became 4-3 in district and 8-13 overall. In a loaded 3-6A, Carlsbad nipped Las Cruces, 28-27, in a clash for first place that also includes Hobbs. Carlsbad advanced to 21-3 overall and Las Cruces to 20-3.
In 3-2A, Elmer Chavez’ first place Mescalero Apache won its 17th of 18 starts to edge second place Lordsburg, 52-48. The Chiefs are also frontrunners in their class.