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Clutch foul shooting in a pair of overtimes Tuesday night brought a 51-44 victory for the Santa Fe High girls over visiting Capital and exit last place in District 5-5A, snap a 6-game losing streak and defeat the Jaguars for the first time

By Arnie Leshin 
Arnie Leshin

It took two overtimes that included clutch foul shooting, but Santa Fe High probably escaped finishing last in District 5-5A by finally getting a win over cross-town rival Capital, 51-44, at Toby Roybal Memorial gymnasium Tuesday night.

It also erased the sting of losing a pair of close games to the Jaguars, and the Demonettes should have no problem winning Thursday night at hapless Albuquerque Rio Grande (1-21, 0-8) which now occupies the bottom of the district by itself.
It took six quarters, but the home team was better prepared for the added time, converting 12 of 15 charity tosses, with 9 of 10 coming in the second overtime to snap a 6-game losing skein. Leading the way was 5-foot-2 sophomore point guard with 13 points that included a perfect 4-for-4 foul attempts.
Sophomore guard Alexis Espanosa matched her teammates point total while Capital received 13 points from junior Ethena Silva and senior Alyssa Martinez added 10.
The Demonettes are now 9-15 overall and 1-7 in district. The Jaguars dropped to 8-16
overall and 3-6 in district, and is home Thursday to Albuquerque Manzano (9-13,5-3).
Albuquerque Sandia (19-4, 9-0) clinched first place the district when Maznano defeated second place Albuquerque High,62-56,Tuesday night.
St. Michael’s girls weren’t as fortunate and slipped to 13-13 overall with Tuesday night‘s 55-49 loss at West Las Vegas, which is contending for first place in 2-3A with Santa Fe Indian School (19-6, 5-2), and defending state champion Robertson (12-12, 5-2), while the Dons are now 17-7 and 6-1, and St.Michael’s is now 3-5 in district.
A trio of 3s late in the third quarter erased a commanding WLV lead and brought the Lady Horsemen to within 40-36 heading into the fourth quarter, but the home team made use of the foul line, making good on 7 of 9 to increase its advantage.
Junior Rachel Morgan and senior Carisa Padilla turned in 13 points apiece for St.Michael’s while junior Stella Valencia contributed 10 points and a dozen rebounds. On Friday, the Lady Horsemen get a visit from Indian School.
In 2-2A, Academy of Technology and The Classics girls played Monte del Sol at their former home court down the road at the home of the Institute of American Indian Arts and came away with a 36-16 triumph up its overall record to a program-best 13-8 and also clinched second place at 5-1, and with a chance to tie first place Espanola McCurdy when the Bobcats visit the Phoenix Saturday.
The Dragons (3-18, 3-4) gave the visitors a tough go for awhile, but ATC was still in control and went up 22-9 after three quarters, with 8th grader Perla Miramontes having the team-high 10 points
In 2-4A at Pojoaque Valley Tuesday night, the Elkettes downed Moriarty, 56-39, to keep pace with Espanola Valley for first place, holding a 29-25 lead at halftime and then allowing the Pintos only 14 points, three in the third quarter, the rest of the way, and surged to a 48-30 lead.
The Elkettes (19-6, 6-1) , travel up, to Los Alamos (11-14, 2-5) Saturday and must win there to force at least a tie with the Sundevals (16-9, 6-1), who are home the same day against Taos (9-16, 2-5)..And Moriarty dropped to 9-14 and 2-6.
In other girls games, Taos won at Los Alamos, 36-23, and Robertson overwhelmed visiting Raton, 77-10.

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