Sports Roundup

By Matthew Narvaiz
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 12/5/19

In swimming, you can place as an individual and as a team -- and both count to a certain degree. On Tuesday (Nov. 26), the Taos swimming team competed in its first meet of the season -- the Albuquerque Academy Mini Invitational -- with a showing of eight teams. And they didn't disappoint.

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In swimming, you can place as an individual and as a team -- and both count to a certain degree. On Tuesday (Nov. 26), the Taos swimming team competed in its first meet of the season -- the Albuquerque Academy Mini Invitational -- with a showing of eight teams. And they didn't disappoint.

For the Tigers, the boys finished in third place as a unit while the girls -- who had just four competing swimmers -- finished in fifth place.

"With only 3 weeks of training behind them before this meet and 3 months of training left, the sky is the limit for these Tiger Swimmers," Nancy Call, the Taos swimming head coach, said.

The boys placed second in the 200 Medley Race with Eddie Duran, Estavan Salazar, Uriel Chavez and Diego Griego. Those same boys also finished third in the 200 freestyle.

Individually, Salazar finished second in the 100 backstroke, while Griego finished second in the 200 medley.

The Taos swimming team will now look forward to its next meet, the Bill Hudson Invitational on Saturday (Dec. 7) at Los Alamos. The meet begins at 10 a.m.

Taos girls basketball lose season opener to Class 3A West Las Vegas

The Taos girls basketball team didn't get the start it was looking for to open the season.

On Tuesday (Nov. 26), the Lady Tigers traveled to the gym of Class 3A West Las Vegas and dropped their season opener, 67-49. This is the second year in a row the Lady Tigers have dropped the season opener to the Lady Dons.

Up next for the Lady Tigers is the Taos Shootout tournament at the Taos gymnasium. The tournament starts Thursday (Dec. 5) and spans through Saturday (Dec. 7). In that timeframe, Taos will play the likes of Coronado, Dexter and St. Michael's.

Peñasco girls basketball wins first two games of season in convincing fashion

The Peñasco girls basketball team is looking to have another strong year yet again after winning their first two games of the season on the road against Rehoboth Christian on Saturday (Nov. 30) and against Cimarrón on Monday (Dec. 2).

Rehoboth Christian

In the season opener at Rehoboth Christian, the Lady Panthers took full control from the start. Peñasco used a string of runs in the first quarter to take a commanding 27-8 lead, but it was senior Carly Gonzáles who made that happen. In the first quarter alone, Gonzáles scored 12 of her team's 27 points.

She was the leading scorer in the game as she finished with 24 points by the end of the game. But she also posted a double-double, too, as she added 10 rebounds, five steals and three assists to her stat line by the end of it.

The Lynx, in the second quarter, tried to claw their way back into the game as they outscored the Lady Panthers in the frame, 13-9, behind three key 3-pointers. Two of those came from Jessica Lee, but it still wasn't enough for Rehoboth Christian to tie it up by the half as Peñasco entered the locker room with a 36-21 advantage.

In the third and fourth quarters, it was all Peñasco. The Lady Panthers held Rehoboth Christian to just 8 points in the second half, while scoring 28 of their own -- including an 18-point third quarter that helped them break away for good.

Adrianna Tafoya, a senior, finished with 14 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists. Alexandria Sandoval, however, was impressive on the defensive end, leading the Lady Panthers with six steals.

By the end of it, Peñasco had won its first game in dominant fashion and by nearly 40 points.

Cimarrón

On the road at Cimarrón on Monday (Dec. 2), the Lady Panthers put together another dominant performance, winning the game 69-29.

Gonzáles put on another spectacular performance in the game, leading all scorers with 26 points. She also had 14 rebounds, making it a double-double showing for her, and she also added six steals.

In the game, Peñasco got out to a 35-19 lead. In the third and fourth quarters, however, the Lady Panthers made it tough on the Lady Rams by only allowing them to score 10 total points while adding 34 of their own.

Besides Gonzáles, MacAuley and Tafoya both added 14 points. Tafoya brought down 11 rebounds, though, which gave her a double-double showing too.

The Lady Panthers will now be in Taos on Thursday (Dec. 5) through Saturday (Dec. 7) for the Taos Shootout Tournament.

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