By Arnie Leshin
Hosting its own basketball tournament is a good way for Santa Fe Indian School to upgrade its record.
Both the girls and boys began Thursday’s first round against hapless Native American Community Academy. Both overwhelmed the Eagles, the Brave girls 79-25, the Brave boys 77-56, but that one wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate, as both home teams emptied their benches. In the semifinals, the Indian School girls had no trouble rolling past Tse’ Yi’ Gai, and the boys did the same versus Thoreau, although not as dominating.
And in the Saturday night finals, The Brave girls upped their overall record to 12-3 by turning back a good Newcomb team, 64-54, and Newcomb left the tournament with its fourth loss in 14 starts. The girls won by 10, the boys by 12 (58-46) over West Las Vegas to move their record to 9-4 and drop the Dons to 5-7.
And when the championship trophies were awarded, both had reserved spots in the Indian School trophy case after the girls and boys hoisted them.
At Pecos in non district play, the 3-time state champion Panther boys had everything their own way with an 86-44 rout, their 13th win in 14 starts. At Santa Fe High, its boys topped Clovis, 62-53, in another non district contest. Then there was the Horsemen boys round robin classic, and it was won by Taos, which went 3-0 with the Saturday night 64-47 victory over host St.Michaels.