By Arnie Leshin
And the undefeated Pojoaque Valley girls continue to roll along.
Not mixing a beat, they won their 12th in a row by dominating Santa Fe High, 68-30, in a non district game Saturday afternoon at Toby Roybal Memorial gymnasium.
It was also the third straight setback for the Demonettes (5-9). They are home Wednesday night in a non district contest against Espanola Valley.
As for the high-flying Elkettes, they displayed their balanced lineup as guards Adrianna Quintana and Michaela Martinez tossed in 12 points each. Pojoaque led early at 18-10, and then surged for 43 second-half points. Every Pojoaque player scored and sophomore guard Hennessel Calabaza turned in seven of her nine points in the second hal
Santa Fe High picked up a team-high 10 points from Taylor Roybal and Alexis Espinosa added eight.
At Capital High, Rio Rancho Cleveland dominated by carting off a 50-33 win and improving to 10-2 after this non district test. The Jaguars were 4-4 before dropping their last two starts against the Storm and Rio Rancho High.
Cleveland led 8-2 after one quarter and 19-8 at the half. It outscored the home team 31-25 over the last two quarters. The Jags are home to non district foe Las Alamos Tuesday night.
In the Albuquerque Sandia Prep tournament game for fifth place, St. Michael’s went down to a 48-24 loss to Moriarty. The Lady Horsemen had a poor start that is habit-forming. The Pintos (7- 6) went from a 8-4 lead to a 20-10 advantage at halftime.
St. Michael’s dropped to 6-7. It shoot poorly, making good on only 11-of-40 tries from the field. In the third quarter, Moriarty increased its advantage with a 15-6 run that upped the margin to 35-16.
Lady Horsemen head coach Martin Esquibel said it was a combination of an aggressive Pinto defense and poor shooting from his team. Senior Joelyn Fernandez had the team-high six points for St. Michael’s.