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Win some - Lady Cards deck St. Mike’s in solid home debut

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By Dave Kavanaugh

At home for the first time this season — 11 games in, to be precise — the Robertson girls’ basketball team gave the Mike Marr Gym crowd the housewarming gift — a 44-37 win over St. Michael’s on Tuesday night.

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The Lady Cardinals, led by first-year head coach Bea Gallegos, grabbed an early lead and never gave it up, weathering a St. Mike’s rally in the last four and a half minutes.

After Thursday’s visit to Bernalillo, Robertson (4-7) will host Lovington this Saturday.

A 3-pointer by Erica Herrera off a feed from Abbey Bradley opened Tuesday’s proceedings, and a pair of foul shots by Bradley and a slashing layup by Chantel Sena made it 7-0 Robertson. St. Mike’s had just one field goal until the Lady Horsemen made a 3-pointer to close the first period and cut the margin to 11-7.

Another long-range basket by St. Mike’s made it a 15-14 tally late in the second quarter before Sena battled for a putback to make it 17-14 at halftime. As with the first quarter, both team defenses outpaced the offenses; Robertson had just two made field goals in the quarter.

But each team’s shooters began to get untracked after halftime. Herrera and Celeste Trujillo both hit from 3-point land, and Bradley scored a bucket to stake the Lady Cardinals to a 25-15 lead. St. Mike’s coach Martin Romero toyed with a press that Robertson generally found a way to break. Offensively, though, the Lady Horsemen had some success, chiseling the lead down to six on several occasions. It was 31-25 before Bradley converted an old-school three-point play with six seconds left in the third.

Robertson kept up its trend of strong starts to the quarters in the fourth. Alicia Arguello scored inside the paint, Herrera made a free throw, and Bradley made a basket off a lob from Arguello, and the lead grew to 39-25.

St. Mike’s connected from long range twice in the closing minutes, finishing the contest on a 10-3 run. But after having begun the fourth period with four free throws in as many tries, the Lady Horsemen missed their last four from the charity stripe, limiting their ability to come back from the double-digit deficit. Robertson held on for the key non-district win.

Bradley kept pace for the Lady Cards with 13 points, and she went 5 for 5 at the foul line. Herrera had two 3-pointers and finished with 11 points, and Sena added eight points.

RHS swept St. Mike’s, with the freshman team winning 41-33 and the junior varsity 31-21.

Across town on Tuesday, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons (7-4) got back to their winning ways by beating Class 4A Moriarty by a 45-34 count. The West junior varsity and frosh also defeated their Lady Pintos opponents.

West will host Lovington on Friday at Gillie Lopez Gym.