Following the Moriarty girls basketball team’s Nov. 24 season-opening victory over Manzano, Pintos head coach Joe Bailey said, “It’s good to start 1-0.”

Moriarty then pounded Sandia Prep 57-22 and bested Taos 46-33 at last weekend’s Bernalillo Classic Tournament.

Depending on the outcome of Tuesday night’s game against West Mesa, after The Independent went to print, the Lady Pintos could be 4-0, or at least 3-1—either way it’s their best start since 2008.

“What we have to do is take one game at a time and go from there,” Bailey said. “I know that’s cliché but that’s what we have to do.”

In the Lady Pintos’ 53-24 victory over Manzano, Moriarty’s Alyssa Adams scored a game-high 16 points with three 3-pointers.

The game was close early on before Adams sank a trey at the end of the first quarter and drained another at the start of the second.

Emily Gonzales chipped in a 3-pointer midway through the second on the way to a commanding 29-7 Moriarty lead at half time.

Manzano shot 27 percent from the floor and was hindered throughout the game by turnovers. Tamera Holyan led the Lady Monarchs with 13, including three 3-pointers.

“We hurt ourselves with a lack of execution,” Manzano head coach De’Mone Curry said. “We’re a young team, and I think we’re going to play better, but youth and a lack of experience will be our biggest challenge this season.”

The Lady Monarchs, who are still looking for their first victory of the season, played at Albuquerque High Tuesday after The Independent went to print.