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RHS girls have Hope

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By Dave Kavanaugh

There is Hope on the schedule after all for the Robertson girls’ basketball team.

The Lady Cardinals scored a significant non-district victory on Monday night, beating Hope Christian 52-49 on the Huskies’ home campus in Albuquerque.

Hope Christian entered the game ranked sixth in the latest Class 3A girls’ poll sponsored by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. Robertson was ninth in the same poll.

RHS led 25-21 at halftime and held on down the stretch to complete the upset.

“We had to have that,” said Robertson head coach Aunna Bradley in a text message to the Optic after the game.

Kassandra Tapia scored a team-best 15 points and hauled eight rebounds for the Lady Cards. Karlee Bradley added 10 points, and Daniella Montoya chipped in with eight points and five assists.

Hope Christian (14-7) saw its seven-game winning streak broken, and it was only the second time this season coach Terry Helsey’s Huskies have lost to a fellow Class 3A school. The first came Jan. 15, a 50-47 squeaker to Hatch Valley.

It was the third game in four days for Robertson, but a midseason respite from what has been a tough District 2-3A schedule.

The team resumes district play Thursday with a road game at St. Michael’s, then hosts Raton on Saturday. Robertson beat St. Mike’s 48-43 on Jan. 23 at Mike Marr Gym, and the Lady Cards rolled over Raton 55-41 on Feb. 1 in Raton.

The following week, Robertson hosts Santa Fe Indian School and visits West Las Vegas to wrap up the regular season.

Robertson is 10-11 overall and 2-4 in district.

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West Las Vegas (18-3, 4-2) and coach Jose Medina have three of their four remaining games at home. The Lady Dons host Raton Thursday night. After visiting Pojoaque in Jacona on Saturday, they finish up next week with St. Mike’s on Wednesday the 17th and RHS on Friday the 19th.