By Arnie Leshin
Its lineup was short-handed, it had only seven players available for Friday’s Albuquerque Sandia Prep girls basketball Invitational, but St. Michael’s hung around, made some key baskets, and turned back Albuquerque Academy, 38-30.
Now 5-9, the Lady Horsemen played Hatch Valley (3-4) in the Saturday afternoon fifth place game.
They played well enough to grab a 16-10 lead at halftime and then held off the challenge of the Chargers, with a 27-22 lead after three quarters trimmed to two points.
Said St. Michael’s first-year head coach Sonya Ruiz: “We played well defensively and rebounded well, plus our shooting percentage was good this game.”
It was 9-3 Lady Horsemen after one quarter of the low scoring game and their lead at halftime was six points. Heading into the fourth quarter, they upped their lead to 27-22, and then outscored the Academy, 11-8 over the final eight minutes.
Junior point guard Lauryn Pecos had the team-high 10 points and junior forward Carmen Pacheco addded seven.
In a game at Academy of Technology and The Classics, the ATC girls dropped a 56-31 non-district contest to Roy Municipal Schools to drop their overall record to 6-5 and advance Roy Municipal Schools to 7-4.