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West teams rock Pojoaque

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Cassidy nets win 300 as Mora girls improve to 15-3

By Dave Kavanaugh

For years, Pojoaque Valley has been a perennial thorn in the side for West Las Vegas’ basketball teams.

So even if this is a decided down year for the Elks and Elkettes, it feels good to those in green and gold to be able to dominate their rivals from Jacona.

The Dons did so on Friday, pummeling Pojoaque 72-43 in a game that got out of hand early.

Then the Lady Dons followed suit on Saturday night, overtaking the Elkettes late in the first quarter and then remaining in front for a 43-35 verdict.

In the boys’ game, West swished four 3-point baskets in the opening quarter to build a 16-4 advantage. D.J. Bustos had two of those, and Andres Gallegos and Miguel Sena one apiece.

The first-half gap hit 14 before the Elks cut it to 21-11. Gallegos hit a 3, and then converted an old-school three-point play with 16 seconds left. Martin Castellano beat the buzzer with a fast break to make it 29-11 at halftime.

It was 48-25 through three quarters and peaked at 69-32 after Sena and Mike Ortiz traded assists leading to scores.

Bustos led WLV with 19 points. Gallegos had 13.

On Saturday, the Lady Dons came back from a 3-0 deficit courtesy of two buckets by Celeste Trujillo, a trey by Deanna Bustos and a three-point play by Jaylen Gutierrez for a 10-7 lead.

Reyna Trujillo scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half to help keep West in the lead. Bustos ended the third period with back-to-back  3-pointers to make it 37-26. She and Gutierrez had 10 points each.

In other weekend hoops action, Robertson’s girls lost 50-49 to Sandia Prep on Friday evening in Albuquerque.

The Lady Cardinals controlled the first half and led 31-25 at the break. But they could muster just three points in a defense-dominant third period, falling behind 35-34 to begin the final quarter.

Sandia Prep, which got 14 from Breana Abeita, is one of the better teams in Class 3A at 13-6 overall. RHS slipped to 10-10.

The Robertson boys, who defeated Raton 69-60 on Thursday, came up short on Saturday in a 71-50 loss at Taos.

Mora’s Rangerettes tripled up Monte del Sol 60-20, earning a 300th career coaching victory for Mark Cassidy.

Gerty Herrera (16 points), Brianna Pacheco (10) and Destiny Pacheco (10) all finished in double figures to help the Rangerettes move to 15-3 overall and 2-0 in district.