Elkettes Improve to 15-1 with a District 2-4A Win over Taos

by Staff Reporter / Jan 23, 2018 / comments
Pojoaque’s Hennessee Calabaza drives in for a layup against Taos. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Elkettes Improve to 15-1 with a District 2-4A Win over Taos

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

The gaudy 15-1 record of the Pojoaque Valley High School girls basketball game now includes their first District 2-4A win after the Elkettes decisively defeated the Taos High School Lady Tigers 65-32 Jan. 17  at Pojoaque.

“It was a good win to start the district,” Pojoaque Coach Seledon Martinez said. “Everybody’s getting playing time so we can get ready for the second season.”

​Pojoaque’s Ashten Martinez scores on a short jumper against Taos. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

The Elkettes were never challenged after a three-pointer by Dallas Archibald gave Pojoaque a 7-3 lead. Archibald canned another three-pointer. Camille Cordova had an old-fashioned, three-point play and Archibald canned another three-pointer. Cordova sank two free throws (she would finish the game 7-of-7 from the line) to give the Elkettes a 15-7 lead after the first quarter.

 Pojoaque’s Shania Thronas puts up a shot against Taos. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

In the second quarter, Pojoaque was leading 19-10 when the Elkettes put together a 9-0 run finished off by Alicia Sanchez’s three-pointer. As time was running out in the first half, Hennessee Calabaza dropped a bomb from near midcourt that hit nothing but net to give the Elkettes a 33-12 lead at the halftime break.

Taos made it’s only run to start the third quarter and cut the lead to 35-17. Then to 37-21 before Pojoaque finished the third quarter with an 8-0 run to hold a commanding 45-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Pojoaque continued to pile on the points in the fourth quarter. A basket by Calabaza gave Pojoaque a 60-30 lead. Ashten Martinez mopped up the massacre by driving the baseline and knocking down a short shot off the glass for the final score of the Elkettes’ 33-point victory.

​Pojoaque’s Ashten Martinez gets set to shoot against Taos. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Michaela Martinez had another one of those games that have become her signature as she quietly scored throughout the game to pile up the points. Martinez led Pojoaque with 15 points. Calabaza finished with 10 points.

Despite their 15-1 record, the Elkettes are ranked just fourth in Class 4A, as Pojoaque has played the third-easiest schedule among the 23 teams in Class 4A according to the MaxPreps rankings. The Elkettes will face some stiffer tests later this season. Pojoaque plays the always strong Hope Christian High School Lady Huskies Saturday in Albuquerque. Although just 8-9 on the season, Hope has played the toughest schedule in Class 4A. The game looming on the horizon that has everybody looking ahead is a Jan. 31 showdown against District 2-4A rival Robertson High School at Pojoaque. The Lady Cardinals (14-3) boast a big lineup and are currently ranked third in Class 4A behind undefeated (17-0) Moriarty High School and top-ranked Portales High School, which is 15-2 on the season. Portales and Moriarty gave the Cardinals two of their three losses. The other was to Texico High School, which is the top-ranked teamin Class 3A.

“When we play ball we can beat anybody in the district,” Coach Martinez said. “There are 10 teams (in Class 4A) that have a legitimate  chance of winning state. We’re going to contend.”

Pojoaque’s Camille Cordova puts up a shot against Taos. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post