Elkettes Basketball Team Win Opening Game Against Capital
By GEORGE MORSE
Valley Daily Post
The Pojoaque Valley girls basketball team snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat in their opening game of the season against Capital High School Nov. 17 at Pojoaque. The Elkettes trailed by double digits in the second quarter, third quarter and fourth quarter, but with 1:32 left in the game, outscored Capital 7-2 to take a 41-39 victory.
“A win is a win,” Pojoaque Coach Seledon Martinez said. “We didn’t play as well as I wanted. The girls continued to fight the whole game. They decided they weren’t going to go down.”
Shania Thronas looks for a teammate against Capital. Photo by George Morse/valleydailypost.com
Ashten Martinez scored the game’s first basket on a putback to give Pojoaque a brief 2-0 lead. The Elkettes would not lead again until less than a minute remained in the game. Behind eight points by Rachel Friend, the Lady Jaguars took a 13-8 lead in the first quarter. The lead grew to 21-11 in the second quarter. Pojoaque scored the last four points of the first half. The final two came on a layup by Taylor Roybal after a steal by the Elkettes.
Capital took its biggest lead of the game 30-19 midway through the third quarter. Pojoaque started pressing and forced turnovers by the Lady Jaguars. The Elkettes finished the third quarter with a 7-0 run. A pair of free throws by Roybal made the score 30-26 in favor of Capital heading into the fourth quarter.
The lead was back up to 10 points 36-26 after the Lady Jaguars started the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run.
A pair of free throws by Martinez stopped the bleeding. Pojoaque slowly clawed its way back thanks to missed free throws by the Lady Jaguars, who sank just 6-of-16 from the charity stripe. Capital was leading 37-34 when the Lady Jaguars called a timeout.
Capital was running time off the clock, but an ill-advised drive to the basket resulted in another turnover and Martinez scored with 49 seconds left to play in the game. Another turnover gave the ball back to the Elkettes. Martinez took the ball to the basket, then passed to teammate Dallas Archibald. Archibald banked in a short shot that gave Pojoaque a 38-37 lead with just 28 seconds remaining in the game. It was Archibald’s first basket of the game after missing several shots at the basket.
“My teammate gave me a good pass,” Archibald said. “I was a little nervous, but it came together.”
Capital turned the ball over again on their next possession. On the inbounds pass, Roybal broke free to the basket.
She scored on a layup to make the score 40-37. After another turnover, Archibald iced the game with a free throw that gave the Elkettes a four-point lead.
A meaningless basket in the final few seconds by Capital made the final score 41-39 in favor of Pojoaque.
The Elkettes next take on the Los Alamos High School Lady Hilltoppers Saturday (11/26) at Los Alamos.
“Right now, I’m trying to piece together a basketball team,” Coach Martinez said. ‘Some of the girls were playing volleyball and I’ve only had them since Saturday (11/12).”