Banged up or not, slow start or not, the St. Michael’s basketball teams successfully defended their home court this week against visiting Robertson.
On Tuesday night, the Lady Horsemen (7-9) held on for a 57-48 win against the Lady Cardinals (6-5).
The key may have been the opening quarter, controlled by St. Mike’s to the tune of a 19-3 score.
Erica Herrera, a Robertson point guard, starred with 11 points.
Christiana Gabaldon led St. Mike’s with a game-high 14.
Both teams were missing some key players mainly due to injury. The Lady Cards have been without three of their own for most of the season and just recently got guard Heather Aragon back in the lineup.
Robertson forwards Alicia Arguello and Chantel Sena remain sidelined with injuries.
RHS was to host Bernalillo on Thursday in a game played after this issue of the Optic went to press. The team travels to Lovington for a game on Saturday afternoon.
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On Wednesday, the Horsemen (5-7) broke open a close one with an overpowering third period to record a 61-38 victory over the Cardinal boys’ squad (3-7).
The score was a near wash in the first quarter, 13-12 in favor of the Horsemen.
Only a bucket separated the two longtime rivals at halftime; St. Mike’s led 24-22.
But a 23-6 outburst by the Horsemen in the third made the difference 47-28.
Corey Serna paced the home side with 13 points.
Robertson saw its win streak snapped at two games. The Redbirds won their long-awaited home debut 83-61 against Socorro this past Saturday.
Next up for the Cardinals is a home game Friday night against a red-hot Pecos club that has won three boys’ tournaments this season — the most recent being the Northern Rio Grande Invite on Jan. 5.
Panthers first-year head coach Russ Gilmore, who had a successful program in Hobbs, has his team off to an 11-1 start. Pecos is ranked No. 1 among Class 2A boys’ teams, according to MaxPreps.
Action begins at 4 p.m. with the freshman game.