Dulce Lady Hawks Take Second at NRG

by Staff Reporter / Jan 11, 2018 / comments
The Dulce High SchoolLady Hawks took second place at the Northern Rio Grande girls basketball tournament, falling in the championship game 53-40 to Penasco High School. The Lady Hawks defeated Escalante and McCurdy to advance to the championship. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

Dulce Lady Hawks Take Second at NRG

By George Morse Sports and Outdoors

The Dulce High School Lady Hawks lost to Penasco High School 53-40 in the championship game of the Northern Rio Grande girls basketball tournament Jan. 6 at Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Pojoaque. Dulce picked up two satisfying wins on their way to the championship game. The Lady Hawks knocked off local rival Escalante High School in the opening round 55-34, then beat future District 2-3A opponent McCurdy Charter School 54-53 to advance to the championship game.

An absolutely terrible first quarter got McCurdy off on the wrong foot and the Lady Bobcats tried to catch up the rest of the game. The Lady Hawks took off and scored the game’s first 12 points before the Bobcats got on the board with a layup by Karla Santos. A three-pointer by Brooke Vigil gave Dulce a 15-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.

McCurdy shaved five points off Dulce’s lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Hawks 17-12 to make the score 27-19 at halftime in favor of the Hawks.

Two free throws and a basket by Lauryn Vigil, followed by a basket by Caitlyn Duncan got Dulce off to a 6-0 start and a 33-19 lead. A three-pointer by Alyssa Edmonds and an old-fashioned, three-point play by Santos cut Dulce’s lead to 33-27. The Hawks built the lead back to 10 points 40-30 after a three-pointer by Brannon Vigil. Two free throws by Erika Loera made the score 40-32 going into the fourth quarter.

Dulce’s Lauryn Vigil passes to teammate Tunte Vigil against McCurdy. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

McCurdy found the range from beyond the three-point arc to start the fourth quarter. Edmonds hit the first three-pointer, followed by two long bombs from Santos that made the score 44-41 in favor of the Hawks.

Right after her second three-pointer, Santos fouled out with 5:38 left in the game and the Bobcats fell apart. Dulce ran off 10 unanswered points that ended with a pair of baskets by Tunte Vigil. The Bobcats didn’t score again until just 18 seconds were left in the game on a putback by Angie Arroyo. Dulce advanced to the championship game with a 54-43 victory.

Dulce’s Tunte Vigil scores against McCurdy. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post

“We started off slow and things just didn’t go our way in the first quarter,” McCurdy Coach Ron Sanchez said. “Karla fouled out and they just totally fell apart. Our seniors didn’t lead us tonight.”

McCurdy would lose to Mora 37-34 in the third-place game in a lackluster performance.

Dulce was the victim of a slow start in the championship game against Penasco, falling behind 17-8 after the first quarter and trailing 31-12 at halftime. Penasco led by as many as 27 points in the third quarter before the Hawks rallied to make the final score a little more respectable, but still ended up losing 53-40 to take second place.