Eleven West Las Vegas players scored at least two points apiece and the entire Lady Dons roster got into the action Tuesday night in a 78-32 rout of visiting Santa Rosa.
The Lady Dons elevated their record to 3-0 with a weekend trip to Ruidoso on tap.
WLV head coach Jose “Majic” Medina elected to press the Lady Lions early and often, resulting in repeated turnovers and fast break chances.
Santa Rosa (1-1) was unable to establish any offensive rhythm until later in the second half, when Medina rested his starters.
Jayme Quintana exemplified the West dominance and its defense-to-offense approach. She stole the ball on consecutive possessions, then raced down for layups as West took an 11-4 advantage. In the first quarter, Quintana finished four layups in all, two assisted by Briana Hidalgo and two set up by her own steals. She outscored Santa Rosa’s entire team 10-9 in the quarter as the Lady Dons surged to a 27-9 lead.
Deanna Bustos accounted for four points in West’s 10-0 run to open the second quarter (actually, a continuation of a 13-point run began late in the first period).
Heather Ulibarri’s fast break score off a Joedy Quintana assist ended the half and put West ahead 53-18 — the exact 35-point margin needed to trigger a mercy-rule running clock in the second half.
Bustos completed a three-point play and Michelle Tapia scored on two putbacks as West outscored Santa Rosa 11-4 and held the Lady Lions without a field goal in the third quarter.
In fact, the lone Santa Rosa basket in the second half was a floater from Michele Velasquez to make it 68-27.
West backup post Shania Gallegos made the most of her ample playing time in the fourth, scoring four buckets in the paint. On the last, she also drew a foul and completed a three-point play to make it 78-29 with 59 seconds remaining — the largest lead of the night.
Gallegos’ reward was the high-point total for the night with 15.
Veronica Sanchez paced Santa Rosa with 12, 10 of which came from the foul line in the second half.
West’s own free-throw shooting was the only stumbling block for the home team. The Lady Dons made 16 of 30 foul shots and were just 5 of 14 in the first quarter and 11 for 24 in the first half.
Unofficial scoring, WLV: Shania Gallegos, 15; Deanna Bustos, 13; Jayme Quintana, 12; Michelle Tapia, 12; Heather Ulibarri, 8; Celeste Trujillo, 5; Jaylen Gutierrez, 3; Briana Hidalgo, 3; Louana Valencia, 3; Joedy Quintana, 2; Maya Roybal, 2.
Santa Rosa: Veronica Sanchez, 12; Samantha Valverde, 8; Henna Patel, 4; Chandelle Sisneros, 2; Kaitlyn Sisneros, 2; Rayauna Urban, 2; Michele Velasquez, 2.
Notes: The West Las Vegas boys’ game at Tucumcari, originally scheduled for Tuesday evening, was postponed until January. Many of the Rattlers’ players have been playing for the school’s football team in the Class 2A playoffs. The Dons are 2-0 heading into Friday’s game with Mora. Junior varsity tips off the WLV-Mora doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. at the Gillie Lopez Gym.
In New Mexico Overtime Sports Center’s first prep hoops poll, West Las Vegas is No. 4 and Robertson is No. 10 among Class 3A girls. The poll has the Robertson boys No. 7 and WLV boys tied for No. 9.