By Arnie Leshin
It sure wasn’t like playing Raton in football when St. Michael’s won handily, 73-40, over the visiting Tigers Friday night in DIstrict 2-3A basketball at the Perez-Shelley gymnasium.
The Horsemen upped their overall record to 13-4 and won their district opener while Raton dropped to 6-9 overall and its district mark became 0-2.
St. Michael’s went from an early lead of 18-11 to go on a second quarter run that increased it to 38-20. Senior Adam Montoya led the way with the game-high 19 points while junior Lucas Gurule tallied 15 and senior Josh Sanchez a dozen.
The Horsemen remain in district play when they take on visiting Santa Fe Indian School Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Braves took a 51-45 setback Friday night at district foe West Las Vegas to drop to 12-6 overall and 0-2 in district.
In girls play, visiting Indian School got past West Las Vegas, 49-27. It was a tight game for one half, with the Braves only up 16-12 at the intermission, but then they went on a 16-4 run to build a 32-16 advantage.
Sophomore Emma Lewis led the way for Indian School with a team-high 15 points and senior Jordyn Henry turned in a pair of 3s at the Braves improved to 15-4 overall and 1-1 in district, and play Tuesday at St. Michael’s. The Dons are now 10-9 and 1-1.
Capital continued its slide with a 76-40 whooping at Albuquerque High, the District 3-5A leader at 15-2overall and 2-0 in district.
The Jaguars, 3-15 and 1-1, are home to Los Lunas Tuesday. They trailed only 16-12 in this one after the first quarter, but the Bulldogs then went on a 24-7 run to go up 40-19 at halftime. Capital picked up 10 points from junior Kayla Martinez.
NEW MEXICO HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL RESULTS
St. Michael’s 75
Pojoaque Valley 66
Espanola Valley 59
Santa Rosa 82
Gateway Christian 29
Albuquerque La Cueva 71
Piedra Vista 32
Albuquerque St. Pius X 86
Wagon Mount 41
Santa Fe Indian School 49
West Las Vegas 27
Albuquerque St. Pius X 53
Rio Rancho 39
Albuquerque American Heritage 33
Albuquerque West Mesa 38
Hot Springs 42
Hatch Valley 20