Pojoaque Elkettes Prove Themselves To Taos Lady Tigers

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Pojoaque Elkettes Prove Themselves To Taos Lady Tigers
Pojoaque’s Ashten Martinez scores against Taos. Photo by George Morse \valleydailypost.com
Valley Daily Post
Pojoaque Valley High School had something to prove against Taos High School when the two teams met in a District 2-4A game Feb. 4 at Pojoaque. The Elkettes had lost to the Lady Tigers 45-42 Jan. 18 at Taos when Taos’ Aaliyah Quintana hit a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer. Pojoaque felt that they should have won the game.
‘When we came out of there (Taos) they felt we didn’t play good ball,” Pojoaque Coach Seledon Martinez said. “We wanted to show that we’re a better team than that.”
The Elkettes proved their point, decisively defeating Taos 55-40 in a game that was basically decided in the first half. Pojoaque buried four three-pointers in the first quarter, including two by Kalie Windham, along with one apiece for Dallas Archibald and Adrianna Quintana. Only three players scored for Pojoaque, but they put up 20 points to 12 by the Lady Tigers.
There were no three-pointers for Pojoaque in the second quarter. The Elkettes didn’t need them. They consistently beat Taos down the court for easy baskets in transition. Archibald, who had seven points in the first quarter, added six more in the second quarter. Freshman post Ashten Martinez, who hadn’t scored in the first quarter, put in 10 points from point-blank range in the second. All this while the Elkettes defense was stifling the Lady Tigers and cleaning up the boards. Taos scored just five points in the second quarter and the Elkettes had a commanding 41-17 lead at halftime.
“We wanted to run with them,” Coach Martinez said. “My defense was there tonight.” It slowed down a lot in the second half as the Elkettes patiently ran offense and gave their bench some playing time. Taos got a little closer but not by much. Only in the final few minutes did Pojoaque’s lead sink below 20 points. Ashten Martinez led Pojoaque with 18 points. Archibald finished with 13 points, all in the first half. Adrianna Quintana had 10 points for Pojoaque.
The Elkettes improved to 11-11 overall. Pojoaque is 3-2 in District 2-4A and trying to earn some respect in the MaxPreps rankings. The Elkettes are currently ranked just 13th, although they have beaten five of the teams currently ranked higher than Pojoaque. The Elkettes face St. Michael’s High School Friday in a District 2-4A game in Santa Fe.