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Lady Dons 2nd; Rangerettes 4th

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By Dave Kavanaugh

West Las Vegas’ Lady Dons are the second-ranked girls’ basketball team in Class 3A, according to the most recent coaches’ poll published by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.

The association, which posted its most recent poll in mid-December, ranks the Lady Dons behind Lovington, which accumulated 53 points to WLV’s 52. But coach Jose Medina’s  Lady Dons — who won the Brian Gallegos Memorial Tournament in early December and more recently captured third in the Ben Lujan Invitational — garnered four first-place votes compared to two for Lovington in that poll. And the New Mexico GameDay poll conducted by KOB-TV has had West as high as first in 3A.

Not surprisingly, several schools from District 2-3A made the rankings. Aside from WLV, Santa Fe Indian was third, defending state champ Pojoaque (fourth in the Ben Lujan) was fifth, St. Michael’s was sixth, and Robertson rated seventh. The Lady Cardinals were runners-up in the Brian Gallegos tourney.

Meanwhile, in Class 2A, the Mora Rangerettes are tied for fourth place in the latest association poll.

Mora’s girls, coached by David Salcido, garnered 25 points in the balloting. Texico was first with 46 points and two first-place votes. Santa Rosa was second with 38 points and two first-place nods. Clayton came in third with 28 points, just ahead of the Rangerettes, who tied with Navajo Prep for fourth. Tularosa, Rehoboth, Navajo Pine, Lordsburg and Ramah rounded out the top 10 in Class 2A girls’ basketball.

In boys’ hoops, Robertson ranked fifth and West Las Vegas ninth in the Dec. 16 association poll.

Hope Christian was a unanimous No. 1 pick, followed by Sandia Prep and St. Mike’s. Pojoaque (fourth) and SFIS (sixth) joined district foes Robertson, WLV and St. Mike’s in the top 10.

Pecos’ boys received votes in the Class 2A boys’ poll but did not make the rankings.