By Arnie Leshin
With not the best of seasons under its belt, Capital’s girls basketball team made the best of it against Santa Fe High in Friday night‘s District 2-5A contest played at its Edward A. Ortiz Memorial gymnasium.
The 37-27 win not only gave a boost to its overall record becoming 5-15, but more important, it put the Jaguars at 3-1 in district and among the leaders. As for the Demonettes, they dropped to 7-12 overall and all even at 2-2 in district.
Which actually puts both up at the top and finds Capital playing Tuesday at district rival Albuquerque Manzano and Santa Fe High home the same night against district foe Albuquerque Rio Grande.
Leading the way for Darren Casados’ girls was senior Amerie Romero with 13 points, 11 coming in the first half, and junior teammate Kayla Martinez added eight. For Santa Fe High, it was senior Victoriana Kiki Benavides with eight.
Capital led 22-18 at halftime and then held the visitors to nine points over the last two quarters. Then at the start of the fourth quarter, the Jags tallied the first five points capped by senior Nicola Salazar’ 3-pointer for a 35-25 lead with 5:01 remaining.
In a 2-3A contest, St. Michael’s dropped a 42-23 test versus first-place transfer portal Robertson. For the Lady Horsemen, junior Cecilliana Ruiz turned in five points and seniors Madison Mossman and Carmen Pacheco brought down nine rebounds each.
The Lady Horsemen were only down 9-8 late in the opening quarter but were outscored 13-1 the remainder of the half and trailed 23-10 at the intermission.
St. Michael’s is now 13-7 overall and 1-1 in district, and is home
to West Las Vegas Tuesday, the same night the Cardinals (19-1, 3-0) are home to Raton.
In another girls game Friday, it was Los Alamos getting past visiting Taos, 61-44, in District 2-4A.