By George Morse
The McCurdy Charter School girls basketball team will be back in action next week in the opening round of the Ben Lujan Basketball tournament Dec. 18 at Pojoaque Valley High School. Under new coach Lucretia Williams, the Lady Bobcats evened their record at 2-2 with a come-from-behind 29-28 victory over the Estancia High School Lady Bears in the consolation round of the Santa Rosa tournament Dec. 7 in Santa Rosa
Williams is a Pojoaque High School graduate from Santa Clara Pueblo who played on the 1998 unbeaten Pojoaque girls basketball team that were Class 3A state champions. She is the wife of Espanola Valley High School assistant boys basketball coach Chris Williams. They have three children. Lucretia Williams will serve as a volunteer coach. This will be her first high school coaching position.
“We have a lot of potential,” Lucretia Williams said. “I’m very impressed with these girls. They have good families and are strong academically. We’ll grow and learn together.”
McCurdy had a rough start to their season, losing 58-26 to Escalante High School. The Lady Bobcats then took on the powerful Mescalero Apache High School Lady Chiefs, who return all of their players from last year’s team that lost in the Class 2A state championship game to Pecos High School in overtime. The Lady Chiefs predictably dominated with a 58-16 victory.in the opening round of the Santa Rosa tournament. McCurdy picked up their first win 53-17 over Monte del Sol Charter School in the consolation round and then defeated Estancia in the consolation final.
McCurdy competes in District 2-2A and is the defending district champion. McCurdy was 17-11 overall and 8-0 in District 2-2A. The Lady Bobcats will be heavy favorites to repeat as district champions. They soundly defeated district member Monte del Sol already this season. Competition could come from Academy for Technology and the Classics, where veteran Coach Ron Drake is in his first season. Drake led Pecos to the Class 2A state championship last season.