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No. 3 Lady Dons win third straight blowout

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By Dave Kavanaugh

With three blowout victories in a row and a new No. 3 state ranking, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons are on a tear as the District 2-3A portion of the schedule approaches.

The latest win came Wednesday night, a 59-39 rout of visiting Santa Fe High.

As with Saturday’s romp over Dexter and Tuesday’s triumph against Tucumcari, this one was decided largely in the first quarter.

Geneva Rivera scored the first seven points of the night as part of an 11-0 West Las Vegas run to start the game.

With the Lady Dons challenging on every SFHS possession, the Demonette drought continued through the first four and a half minutes, ending only on Clarissa Garcia’s free throw to make it 11-1.

WLV allowed just one first-period field goal — a bucket by Kamille Borrego-Ojinaga with roughly two minutes left in the quarter. Miranda Martinez answered that score with a putback and then a three-pointer with three seconds left in the period, and the Lady Dons secured an 18-3 lead.

The Demonettes regrouped after that enough to keep the deficit from ballooning but never could make a serious run.

Martinez finished with 16 points, Vanessa Lucero had 15, Linda Esquibel 12, Rivera 11, and Kristen Encinias and Brianna Montaño 2 each, Arissa Collins 1.

Santa Fe was led by Garcia’s 14 points. Borrego-Ojinaga had 11. Felisha Acuna and Stephanie Gonzales also scored for SFHS (4-11).

The Lady Dons (11-3) play at Lovington (12-4) on Friday, then begin district Jan. 22 at Santa Fe Indian.