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Academy of Technology and The Classic girls turned back Santa Fe Prep

By Arnie Leshin 
The visiting Academy of Technology and The Classic girls got past Santa Fe Prep, 38-28, in non-district play Saturday, but St. Michael’s lost to Hatch Valley, 41-39, for fifth place in the Albuquerque Sandia Prep tournament, and Capital took a 58-33 non-district defeat versus visiting Taos
In the contest at Christian Life Academy, ATC led 16-15 at halftime, outscored the Griffins, 15-9, in the third quarter to up its lead to 31-24, while Prep also suffered a 65-15 setback to tournament champion Roy/Mosquero.
It was another close defeat for the Lady Horsemen as they dropped to 5-10, with Lily Rodriguez having the team-high 10 points, one more than teammate Lauryn Pecos. St. Michael’s fell behind 21-16 at halftime, then tied the score at 39-all on a 3-point basket by Pecos with less than a minute remaining.
Hatch Valley (6-4) responded with a Gizel Gomez layup to grab the lead with 40 seconds left. The Lady Horsemen then had a chance to win, but failed on a pair of 3-point shots. On Tuesday, St. Michael’s plays at Santa Fe High.
Capital’s record dropped to 3-12 and was its seventh consecutive defeat. It fell behind early at 17-9, and were then outscored 19-3 in a dismal third quarter. It was the second-to-last non-district game for the Jaguars, who received a team-high eight points from Kayla Martinez, while Taos is now 8-5 and home to Pecos Tuesday.

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