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Aye, Karlee! RHS tops Mora

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Karlee Bradley scored 10 of her game-high 16 points in the opening quarter Wednesday evening, giving host Robertson (3-2) a running start against Mora.

The Lady Cardinals went on to a 57-30 triumph in a meeting of Class 3A and Class 2A state qualifiers.

Robertson got a major contribution from Bradley and Daniella Montoya, who did most of her damage in transition and finished with 14 points.

Bradley, whose improved shooting touch was a major factor in Robertson’s postseason run this past March, posed a serious matchup problem for the Rangerettes.

Mora had a promising start to the game, relying on quickness and ball rotation to put the Lady Cards on their heels and get open shots at the bucket. But the Rangerettes struggled to make those shots, allowing RHS time to adjust to the tempo.

And while the Rangerettes hustled to every loose ball, they were met on most occasions by the Lady Cardinals, who controlled the paint with stingy interior defense and scrappy rebounding.

After a basket by Jessica Garcia gave Mora its only lead of the night, Bradley hit a jumper and then a three-pointer. Marka Garcia drew a foul and hit two free throws at the 3:10 mark. Montoya slashed in for a layup. And Bradley punctuated the quarter with a long perimeter deuce and then another three-ball from the left wing.

Up 14-2 through one period, the Lady Cards kept the run going as Montoya and Bradley each scored inside to make it 18-2.

Andrea Romero ended the Mora drought with a putback, but the lead swelled to 20 at 26-6 after consecutive scores by Montoya. Mora did end the half with a run of sorts, getting baskets from Jaynae Vigil, Jessica Garcia and Franceska Alexander to make it 28-12 at the break.

Romero scored seven points in the third period, helping Mora play evenly with its hosts.

But Robertson showed its depth in the fourth, getting contributions from the bench in outscoring Mora 18-7 for a decisive win.

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The Robertson boys beat Mora 77-56 on Tuesday at Montoya Gym.