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Academy of Technology and The Classics’ girl’s basketball team overwhelms Menaul, 51-8, in Albuquerque Saturday for a successful debut under new head coach Ron Drake, with balanced scoring, a stout defense, and a big advantage in rebounding

By Arnie Leshin 
Arnie Leshin

Freshman point guard Chanelle Jaeger provided the leadership, was high scorer, and accounted for five steals and three assists as new head coach Ron Drake made his debut with the Academy of Technology and The Classics girl’s basketball team by hitting the road for Albuquerque Saturday and dominating Menaul, 51-9.

“We played well,” Drake said. “We played with lots of confidence, defended well, had good balance, and was told we hadn’t beaten Menaul before. It was a good way to start our season.”
It was no contest as the Phoenix led 10-2 after one quarter, 22-5 at halftime, and 41-7 after three quarters as Drake didn’t hesitate to empty his bench.
He picked up a dozen points from 8th grader Charli Kaseoglu, she brought down eight rebounds, three less than junior Naomi Lujan, and junior Felicia Madrid added nine boards and four steals.
“We go with three 8th graders, two sophomores, four juniors, three freshman, and have two seniors, but were without one of them,” said Drake, who coached Pecos’ girls to their first state championship last season, and has won more New Mexico girl’s games then any other coach.
ATC plays again Wednesday at New Mexico School of the Deaf’s Larsen gymnasium.
The Santa Fe Prep girls were missing three key players, but managed to get past Monte del Sol, 32-27, as senior Amory Malin scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the first half, and the Griffins held a 16-9 lead at intermission on the way to evening their record at 1-1. Sophomore Araceli Pena led the Dragons with 10 points.
Prep heads for Albuquerque Menaul Tuesday, while Monte del Sol (0-1) is home the same day versus NMSD.
The Griffin boys had no problem handily rolling over the Dragons, 55-30, in their opener as sophomore Finn Coles paved the way with the game-high 21 points, and senior Krish Bhakta added 12. Prep is in Albuquerque Tuesday to face Menaul and Monte del Sol plays host Tuesday to NMSD.

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