District basketball games under way

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By The Staff

West Las Vegas’ boys let one get away from them again, this time vs. Pojoaque Friday night in Jacona.

The Elks led just 30-26 at the break, but made a 9-2 run to start the third quarter.

Pojoaque led 52-36 at the end of the third and went on to win 70-50.

In a quick break from the 2-3A slate, the Robertson Lady Cardinals tripped up Sandia Prep 62-37, also on Friday.

Kendra Montoya led RHS with 21 points; Abbey Bradley had a double-double with 17 and 10 boards, and Heather Aragon chipped in 13 points.

“Kendra had probably her best defensive game,” said Lady Cards coach Rick Armijo. “She played well.”

Robertson’s boys were slated to play at Taos on Saturday in a key district game. The Cardinals previously defeated Raton on the road, 87-60, to move to 8-10 overall.

In Thursday action, both Las Vegas girls’ basketball teams lost District 2-3A contests on the road, but Mora’s Rangerettes kept their momentum going in their District 4-2A opener.

Mora (17-2 overall) toppled Santa Fe Prep 53-41 in the City Different. Chantel Rivera (15 points), Brianna Pacheco (14), Gerty Herrera (11) and Destiny Pacheco (8) accounted for all but five of Mora’s points.

Mora led 15-8 after one period and 32-20 at halftime.

Prep (9-8) was led by Olivia Cicci’s 28-point night.

The Rangerettes were to host Monte del Sol this past Saturday.

Robertson lost against an improved Raton 61-53, after falling behind 35-23 at halftime. And West Las Vegas came up short at Taos 58-41. The Tiger girls led 30-23 at intermission but doubled their lead over the final 16 minutes.

The Lady Dons (2-1 district) were to play at Pojoaque on Saturday.

RHS will host Pojoaque on Wednesday, looking to break into the win column in district play.

Also Thursday, Santa Fe Prep’s boys defeated Mora 57-45 in a District 4-2A contest.

The Rangers’ slow start — 11 points in the first half — hurt them, although they outscored the Blue Griffins 34-30 after that.

Mora is 12-7 overall.

Notes: The Lady Cardinals’ district game at Taos, originally set for Jan. 25 and then moved to the 29th, will be made up on Monday, Feb. 11. Weather was the culprit for both instances of rescheduling.