Pojoaque girls fall to Lady Braves

Justice Ainsworth of Pojoaque moves the ball downcourt. Photo by Marcos Herrera

Pojoaque girls fall to Lady Braves

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

The Pojoaque Valley High School girls basketball team missed their chance to seal the deal in regulation time and ended up losing in overtime to the Santa Fe Indian School Lady Braves 50-47 Jan. 14 at Pojoaque.

“We let them back in the game,” Pojoaque Coach Seledon Martinez said. “A couple of turnovers, a couple of missed rebounds. We had control of the game.”                 

The Elkettes were leading by four points with about two minutes left in the fourth quarter. The turnovers that Coach Martinez lamented allowed the Lady Braves to tie the score 45-45. Pojoaque had a chance to win in regulation. A last second attempt didn’t go in, sending the game to overtime.

Pojoaque started the overtime strong on defense, coming up with steals on the Braves’ first two possessions. The Elkettes couldn’t capitalize. Pojoaque finally took the lead when Kaylee Salazar made 1-of-2 free throws for a 47-46 Elkettes’ lead.

Indian School answered with a basket by Cody Aguilar to take a one-point lead. Salazar missed a pair of free throws that could have put Pojoaque ahead. Given another chance to put the Elkettes ahead, Justice Ainsworth sank her first free throw, but missed the second. The score was tied 47-47.

The Elkettes would never score again. A free throw by Harmony Yazzie gave the Braves a 48-47 lead. Indian School left the door open for the Elkettes in the final minute, making just 2-of-6 free throws. The Elkettes never pushed it open, missing several shots.  

Indian School had led 20-18 at halftime. The Elkettes led 33-30 going into the fourth quarter.

Aaliyah Casados. Photo by Marcos Merrera.

Ainsworth had 13 points to lead Pojoaque. Aaliyah Casados finished with 12 points for the Elkettes and Rachael Garcia had 10 points for Pojoaque. Aguilar led Indian School with 15 points.

Both teams struggled at the free-throw line. Indian School was 11-of-22 and Pojoaque 10-of-21 from the line.

The Elkettes fell to 10-6 on the season, while the Braves improved to 10-7. Both teams are in Class 4A.

“This one hurts because they’re in our division,” Coach Martinez said.

Pojoaque went on the road Jan. 16 and bounced back with a 59-45 victory over the Thoreau High School Lady Hawks. Pojoaque meets local rival Espanola Valley High School Thursday (1/21) at Pojoaque. 


The Pojoaque boys basketball team picked up a couple of victories against Bosque School and Thoreau High School last week. The Elks defeated Bosque 47-41 Jan. 14 in Albuquerque. Against Thoreau, the Elks led 33-16 at halftime and outscored Thoreau 21-13 in the fourth quarter to pull away to a comfortable victory. Pojoaque improved to14-3 on the season and is ranked fourth in Class 4A.

See more photos from the girls game below.

Felice Cordova. Photo by Marcos Herrera

Taylor Roybal. Photo by Marcos Herrera