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Ladies' Night: WLV, RHS, Mora girls' teams win big

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Controlling everything from tempo to rebounding, West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team had little trouble with visiting Tucumcari on Tuesday night.

West won 63-27.

The 10-3 Lady Dons won big for the second game in four days (after routing Dexter on Saturday). The team plays its third game in a five-day stretch tonight when Santa Fe High returns to town.

West came out of the gates looking to seize control early and sprinted to a 31-7 first-period lead.

Tucumcari (4-8) was able to slow the Lady Dons’ onslaught in the second quarter but fared no better in reviving its own offense. The Rattlers trailed 41-13 at halftime.

A couple minuted into the third, Vanessa Lucero swished two free throws to give WLV a 30-point spread at 44-14. With 1:59 left in the period, Geneva Rivera’s free throws pushed the lead to 53-17, setting off the mercy-rule running clock. At the end of the third, it was 54-21.

West coach Jose Medina emptied his bench and got contributions from every player. Kristen Encinias tallied a game-best 16 points, and nine teammates chipped in on scoring: Geneva Rivera (8), Victoria Lopez (7), Vanessa Lucero (7), Linda Esquibel (6), Miranda Martinez (6), Briana Montaño (6), Krystle Montaño (4), Megan Martinez (2), and Arissa Collins (1).

Chana Lovato and Kaitlin Lopez led the Rattlers with 7 and 5, respectively.

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A dozen Lady Cardinals got into the act Tuesday night, each scoring in Robertson’s 78-51 defeat of visiting Santa Fe High.

The Demonettes (4-10) fell behind 21-11 after one quarter, but RHS (7-6) blew the contest open by outscoring its visitor 21-5 in the second period.

Clarissa Garcia’s touch from downtown — she hit three threes in one second-half stretch and finished with a team-high 20 points — helped Santa Fe play evenly in the third. But the RHS reserves contributed in an active rotation and held on for a big win.

Brooke Knezevich led the Lady Cards with 26 points. Kassandra Tapia had 15; Kim Mares 8; Karlee Bradley 5; Jamie Allen, Marka Garcia, Miranda Garcia and Ashley Martinez 4 apiece; Daniella Montoya 3; Eliana Herrera and Ashley Lucero 2 each; and Natasha Lujan 1.

Robertson ends the week with a trip to a tournament in Aztec, its last major tune-up before the district schedule.

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Offensive balance was good for the Mora Rangerettes (10-3) in a 61-31 rout of Coronado (6-6) Tuesday, but coach Mark Cassidy was most pleased with his team’s effort onthe other end.

“Just a great defensive effort on our part tonight,” Cassidy said. “Jessica Garcia, Clarissa Garcia and Amanda Padilla did a great job in holding down Coronado’s three top scorers, including their top scorer. We held her to six points.”

The Rangerettes rolled to a 30-13 lead by halftime and led 46-20 going into the final period.

Melanie Romo (15), Clarissa Garcia (12), Monique Duran (10) and Amanda Padilla (10) finished in double figures for Mora.

Next for Mora is a game vs. Hatch Valley on Thursday in the opener of a tourney at Hope Christian.