Estancia High School’s girls basketball team won its first season opener in seven years and the boys team picked up right where it left off last season as both squads kicked off their new campaigns Nov. 30 at home with blowout victories over the visiting Bosque Bobcats.
The Lady Bears—with a new coach at the helm—pounded the Lady Bobcats 54-24 in the early game of the double feature.
Estancia’s boys team followed the girls’ game by thrashing the Bobcats 78-42.
Using their tried-and-true formula of flying up and down the court and scoring a ton of points in transition, Estancia’s boys used an early 13-1 run to turn a brief 2-2 tie into a 15-3 advantage.
A pair of 3-pointers by both Drayton Oberg and Cruz Moreno helped the Bears push their lead to 23-9 by the end of the first quarter.
Oberg led the Bears with 19 points.
“I knew we’d come out and play hard,” Estancia head coach Daniel Pierce said, adding, “We needed to set the tone for how the year’s gonna go—we needed to make a statement on what we’re gonna do and how we’re gonna do it.”
The Bears surged in the second quarter with a blinding 22-0 run to boost their lead to 53-14 at halftime.
“We went off,” Moreno said about the scoring in the first half. “We worked on that in practice—shooting, shooting, shooting.” He finished with 12 points.
With a comfortable lead, Pierce utilized his bench and got big contributions from some of his younger players like sophomore Carlos Gomez, who sank three 3-pointers and tallied 14 points.
“Carlos came out and played a heck of a game,” Pierce said.
The Lady Bears, under new head coach Mike Trujillo, grabbed their first season-opening victory since 2011.
The Lady Bears shot a lukewarm 20 percent in the first quarter, but by holding the Lady Bobcats scoreless, Estancia built a 12-0 cushion.
Estancia heated up in the second quarter and extended its lead to 30-12, buoyed by a pair of layups from Samantha Hernandez and three consecutive jump shots by Lainey Fastnacht.
“It was very exciting,” said Fastnacht, who led the Lady Bears with 11 points.
Trujillo—who spent the past four years piloting the Moriarty High boys team—said his game plan was to use his defense to put pressure on Bosque.
“I think that paid off early, we were able to force some turnovers and open it up,” Trujillo said.
Trinity Sedillo’s 3-pointer late in the third quarter—the Lady Bears’ only trey of the game—increased Estancia’s lead to 41-14.
Trujillo had stints coaching both Estancia’s boys and girls teams 10 years ago and said he’s happy to be back.
“It’s so fun for me,” Trujillo said, adding, “It’s a pleasure to be around these kids, they want to be successful, they bought in to my philosophy right away, they just said, ‘Let’s go, coach,’ and they ran with it.”