Long after the final buzzer sounded last Friday, Moriarty girls basketball head coach Joe Bailey emerged from the locker room.
“There’s not much you can say,” Bailey acknowledged about the 53-38 defeat the Lady Pintos suffered at the hands of the visiting Santa Fe Indian School Lady Braves. “We just got outplayed.”
It was the Lady Pintos’ second consecutive loss at home—marking their first losing streak of the season.
The first 30 seconds of the game had the earmarks of a typical Moriarty game: Emerald Russell slapped the opening tipoff to a teammate and the Lady Pintos maneuvered the ball into the paint where Russell banked a layup to put the home team up 2-0.
But the lead was short-lived.
The Lady Braves (20-4, 6-0) responded with a 7-0 run to go up 7-2.
The Lady Pintos (21-3, 3-2) did manage to pull within 1 point, trailing 7-6 midway through the first quarter.
But after that, it was Santa Fe Indian School’s game. “It was,” Bailey admitted. “Give Santa Fe Indian a lot of credit.”
The Lady Braves went up by 10 points early in the second quarter and built a 27-11 cushion by halftime.
Conversely, the Lady Pintos seemed uncharacteristically stymied offensively, making just one field goal in the second quarter and going 4-for-19 from the floor the entire first half—a tepid 21 percent shooting.
“There’s nothing I can tell you,” Bailey said. “We did not execute what we were supposed to execute and that’s the bottom line.”
As the game progressed, things got a little physical as Moriarty’s Stephanie Ordoñez got whacked in the face and spent several minutes early in the third quarter sitting on the bench holding an ice bag against her eye.
“It hurt really bad,” she said. “I couldn’t open my eye, so I thought it’d be best to sit out for a little.” She returned later in the stanza but then Russell came out with an injured hand.
The visitor’s lead swelled to 20 points by the middle of the frame before Alyssa Adams started a bit of a rally with her first of three 3-point baskets.
Adams’ second trey of the game capped an 8-0 run to trim the gap to 12. She nailed her third 3-ball a minute later.
The Lady Pintos narrowed the deficit to 11 points late in the fourth quarter but got no closer. Adams paced the Pintos with 11 points. Lydia Schmutz chipped in 8 and Russell added 7.
“I wish I had some answers right now, but I don’t,” Bailey said. “They weren’t trying to lose, we just didn’t get it done.”
For more photos on this game go to edgewood.news.
The Lady Pintos played at Sandia Prep Feb. 13 and wrap up the regular season Feb. 16 at Ruidoso.