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Lady Dons 3rd seed; Cards 4th

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Punctuating the regular season with a 46-39 win Friday over crosstown rival Robertson, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons are the No. 3 seed in the District 2-3A tournament.

The team hosts No. 6 Raton on Monday evening in one of two first-round games. In the other, No. 5 seed Robertson plays at No. 4 St. Michael’s.

Monday’s winners play one another the following night, with that winner advancing to play at No. 2 Santa Fe Indian. Whoever emerges from the fray goes on to face top seed Pojoaque Valley in Jacona.

Robertson’s boys’ team, which beat West Las Vegas 68-59 on Saturday, locked up the No. 4 spot in the boys’ district tourney. The Cardinals host No. 5 Raton on Tuesday night, while the sixth-seeded Dons visit No. 3 Pojoaque.

St. Michael’s, who edged Pojoaque 43-38 Saturday, are the No. 2 seed; SFIS, which ran the table in the district, is No. 1 and will host the district final to round out the week of hoops.

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Miranda Martinez knocked down three three-point baskets Friday and rang up a game-high 15 points in all to lead the Lady Dons over the Lady Cardinals at Gillie Lopez Gym.

Behind a couple of early buckets by Briana Montaño (who finished with 10 points), West scored the first six points of the game. RHS freshman sensation Kendra Montoya scored twice as the Lady Cards knotted the score at 6-6. But Martinez ended the first quarter by hitting her first three of the evening, and WLV never lost the lead again.

Jose Medina broke out the press early on Friday, and it paid dividends by forcing turnovers and getting the Lady Dons ample scoring chances.

But while Robertson’s inside game was limited, the RHS guards stepped up and shot well enough to keep the game close throughout.

Kendra Montoya, who’d given her team a spark against Raton last week, again led the Lady Cards with 12 points. Daniella Montoya scored 11. Both hit three-pointers, as did teammates Eliana Herrera and Natasha Lujan.

WLV led 17-12 at halftime and 36-29 after three periods.

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Five Cardinals reached double figures Saturday night, outgunning the Dons 68-59 at Mike Marr Gym.

Nine players scored for the Dons, led by Jordan Lopez (13), Ambrose Castellano (12) and Tomas Benavidez (10).

Justin Bustos poured in 23 points, including 10 of 14 free-throw attempts, to lead the Cardinals. Dalan Abreu swished three three-pointers and scored 11 of his 12 points in an explosive first period that saw RHS go up 18-5.

But the Dons, depending on depth, chipped away at the deficit, getting it down to 44-33 at the end of the third. A 10-3 spurt, which included two baskets by Lopez, made it a four-point game.

Then Bustos pumped in five of his 10 fourth-quarter points and Mike Martinez completed a three-point play to extend the lead to 56-45.

Martinez finished with 12; Clint Brayfield had 11, and Fabian Varela 10 for the Cardinals.