Lady Bobcats Take Sixth At Ben Lujan Tournament
By GEORGE MORSE
Valley Daily Post
McCurdy’s Karla Santos drives to the basket Photo by George Morse/valleydailypost.com
The McCurdy Charter School Lady Bobcats battled bigger schools at the Ben Lujan basketball tournament hosted by Pojoaque Valley High School.
Class 5A Grants High School beat the Class 3A Lady Bobcats 57-35 Dec. 15 in the tournament’s opening round. McCurdy picked on someone its own size in the first round of the consolation bracket and defeated Class 3A Tierra Encantada Charter School 53-42 Dec. 16 to advance to the consolation championship Dec. 17 against Class 4A Wingate High School. The Lady Bobcats showed some spunk against the Lady Bears, battling back from a 31-14 halftime deficit to pull to within eight points of Wingate 35-27 in the third quarter. Poor free-throw shooting by the Lady Bobcats, who missed five straight free throws, took McCurdy’s momentum away. After McCurdy point guard Karla Santos fouled out at the end of the third quarter, the Lady Bears pulled away for a 61-36 win.
The Lady Bobcats were outgunned by Grants in the opening round. The Lady Pirates got 22 points from Destiny Chavez and 19 points from Caroline Bachman, both seniors. McCurdy does not have a senior on their roster. Grants led 13-6 after the first quarter and 28-18 at halftime. The Lady Pirates pulled away in the second half. Santos, a junior, led McCurdy with 13 points.
Santos was the big story in the Lady Bobcats win over the Lady Alacranes (Scorpions) in the first round of consolation. Santos had 12 points in the first half. The Lady Alacranes were still within striking distance of the Lady Bobcats after the third quarter, trailing by just seven points 36-29. Santos kept Tierra Encantada at bay, scoring 11 points that included 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. She finished with 25 points to lead all scorers.
Wingate came flying out of the gate in the consolation championship and took a 14-4 lead after the first quarter and the Lady Bears led by 17 points 31-14 at halftime. The Bobcats battled back as Santos scored nine points. Still, McCurdy struggled from the free-throw line. McCurdy fell to 7-3 on the season.