Peñasco rallies to defeat Santa Fe Indian School, 49-47
All those who had Santa Fe Indian School girls in the championship game of the Ben Luján Tournament, take out your erasers.
The Peñasco Lady Panthers — actually, it was Adrianna Tafoya and Carly Gonzales — rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit, outscoring the Lady Braves 24-12 to take a 49-47 win in the opening semifinal Friday in Ben Luján Gymnasium. The Class 2A Lady Panthers will take on host Pojoaque Valley for the title at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
In other games, the Elkettes built a large lead in the first half over Dulce and survived a 24-11 run by the Lady Hawks in the third quarter. Pojoaque ended up with a 63-44 win to advance to its second straight tournament championship game.
Pojoaque is the defending champion.
Pojoaque Valley 63, Dulce 44
The Elkettes (9-0) rode the hot hand of senior guard Taylor Roybal, who had nine second-quarter points, and a balanced scoring attack to take a 31-14 halftime lead. The defense kept Dulce’s Brannon Vigil in check for a half, but she erupted for three 3-pointers and 13 of her 15 points in the third quarter to help cut the margin to 42-38 entering the fourth.
The comeback was momentary, however, as the Lady Hawks (5-3) scored just six points the rest of the way as the Elkettes leaned on the scoring from seven players to close out the game. Adrianna Quintana had four of her 12 points in the final 8 minutes, while Michaela Martinez had four of her team-high 13 points.
Brooke Vigil added 10 points for the Lady Hawks, who play SFIS at 4:30 p.m. Saturday for third place.
Peñasco 49, Santa Fe Indian School 47
Two was greater than five.
The Lady Panthers (7-1) only had two players score the entire game, as Tafoya had 22 points and Gonzales led all scorers with 27. They were enough to help Peñasco overcome a 37-25 deficit in the opening moments of the fourth quarter. Tafoya hit a pair of 3-pointers, with the second bringing the Lady Panthers within 45-41.
It wasn’t until Gonzales scored on a shot off the glass with less 40 seconds left that Peñasco took the lead. SFIS senior Leanna Lewis missed a pair of free throws in the closing second that could have tied the score, and the Lady Panthers ran out the clock.
Hunter Garcia led the Lady Braves (4-2) with 11 points and Cameron Connors added 10.
Bernalillo 57, McCurdy 36
The Lady Spartans (7-5) jumped out to a 23-5 lead after a quarter and went on to an easy win to advance to the fifth-place game against Santa Rosa at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Juliana Aragon had 15 of her 18 points in the first half to lead Bernalillo, and Grady Montoya scored 12. Erica Loera led the Lady Bobcats (2-5) with nine points, and seven came in the final quarter, while Angie Arroyo added eight.
Santa Rosa 64, Tierra Encantada 8
The Lady Lions held the Lady Alacranes to just two points in the opening half, building a 37-2 lead. Tierra Encantada was without five players, including leading scorer Destiny Nevarez.
Kylee Harrison had a game-high 24 points for Santa Rosa (3-4), Nicola Johnson chipped in with 12 and Andrea Sanchez scored 10.
Tierra Encantada (0-4) will play the Lady Bobcats at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for seventh place.