Second half gives Taos win at West

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By Dave Kavanaugh

A second-half slump cost West Las Vegas in Wednesday night’s District 2-3A boys’ basketball contest with visiting Taos. The Tigers won 73-56 at Gillie Lopez Gym.

Taos led by as many as 12 in the first half, but the Dons finished the second quarter on a run and cut the gap to one on Pancho Caro’s foul shots with 22 seconds left. The Tigers led 39-35 at intermission.

West (7-13, 2-1) rebounded poorly in the third quarter and spotted Taos a 12-0 run that left the Tigers up 51-35.

West didn’t score until Joe Ortiz made two free throws with 2:26 left in the quarter. And the Dons’ lone field goal in the period was a Caro putback with 14 seconds to go.

Caro swished a baseline jumper and then stole the ball for a layup to bring West within 55-46 early in the fourth quarter.

But Taos maintained its dominance in rebounding the ball, limiting the Dons to far too many one-and-out possessions.

Caro finished with a team-high 17 points. Ortiz scored 15 points, all but three of which came in the first half.

Shane Willis and Kyle Willis led Taos with 15 and 13, respectively.

Robertson 87, Raton 60
The Cardinals (8-10, 1-1) got back in the district hunt with a commanding road win Wednesday.

RHS plays at Taos on Saturday.

Mora girls 71, McCurdy 47
The Rangerettes moved to 16-2 overall with a road win at McCurdy (12-5). They took a 25-9 lead in the first period and stretched it to a 47-20 cushion by halftime.

Destiny Pacheco’s 18 points and 13 rebounds highlighted the Mora effort. Chantel Rivera had 19 points and Brianna Pacheco and Gerty Herrera added 15 and 10, respectively.