Lady Sundevils Win Over Santa Fe Demons After Falling To Valencia

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Kaylinn Martinez takes the shot. Photo by George Morse with the Valley Daily Post

Lady Sundevils Win Over Santa Fe Demons After Falling To Valencia

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

The Española Valley High School Lady Sundevils bounced back from a 63-53 loss to Valencia High School Dec. 15 in Los Lunas with a convincing 67-42 victory over Santa Fe High School Dec. 17 at Española.

“It was a good win after Valencia,” Española Coach Cindy Roybal said.

The Sundevils never trailed in the game and led 33-22 at halftime. Española outscored the Demonettes 34-20 in the second half to win going away.

“We were a lot better in the second half,” Coach Roybal said. “That’s what we need to put teams away.”

Española Jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks to Celina Velasquez, who started the scoring with an old-fashioned, three-point play. She scored Española’s first seven points. A three-pointer from the corner by Kaitlyn Romero made the score 10-4 in favor of Espanola. Santa Fe stayed in the game by scoring inside with Alayna Montoya and Rayana Bonnell, who scored 10 of Santa Fe’s 11 points in the paint. Española led 16-11 after one quarter.

Joselinn Roscon (22) makes a layup. Photos by George Morse with the Valley Daily Post

In the second quarter, the Sundevils extended their lead to 33-22 at halftime. Romero, a senior who’s headed to New Mexico Highlands University next fall, had 11 points for the Sundevils in the first half.

“From the beginning of the season, we’ve been improving,” Romero said. “We’re trying to push it up fast and score in transition so we can get easy points.”

After Santa Fe closed to within eight points after a three-point play 33-28, the Sundevils utilized their press to get those easy transition points and take a 41-25 lead. The Demonettes never recovered and trailed 47-30 at the end of the third quarter.

Española continued to press and poured it on in the fourth quarter. A three-pointer by Kaylee Chavez gave Española its biggest lead of the game 63-37 and the Sundevils emptied their bench. Eleven players put points in the scorebook for the Sundevils, led by Romero’s 15 points.

Española will take a break over the holidays and won’t return to the court until the St. Michael’s High School Lady Horsemen Tournament Dec. 28 in Santa Fe.

“It’ll give us an opportunity to work on our patterns so they’re a little bit more fluid,” Coach Roybal said. “Get us in even better shape for our press.”