Monique Macias scored 23 points and Bernadette Sanchez scored 17 points Friday to help Rio Grande High School defeat Manzano High School 65-55. The game was very competitive from start to finish. Monarch April Semler scored 11 points, grabbed rebounds and played well defensively as did Rebecca Sanchez who scored 10 points. The first quarter began with Macias stealing a pass for the Ravens. Manzano’s Tina Jones fouled Bernadette Sanchez who converted both free throws.
Chelsy Kitcheyan stole a pass for the Monarchs and later scored with a jump shot. Semler was fouled and hit one of two free throw attempts. On the Raven’s next possession Macias hit a three-point shot. Raven Tara Chavez intercepted a pass and got the ball to Bernadette Sanchez who hit one of two at the line after Semler fouled her.
Macias got into position twice to break up pass attempts by the Monarchs. Semler scored for the Monarchs before Macias hit another three-pointer. Running the floor from one end to the other Macias stole another pass. She threw the ball to Chavez who scored. Macias grabbed another rebound and Bernadette Sanchez dribbled before flipping the ball nonchalantly into the basket. Her shot gave Rio Grande a 15-6 lead.
Chavez got a rebound for the Ravens and Ty Romero grabbed two for the Monarchs. Rebecca Sanchez shot a ball that swished through the net before Jocelyn Gamboa grabbed a rebound and scored for the Ravens. Rebecca Sanchez intercepted a pass, dribbled the ball to avoid defenders and scored. Kitcheyan fouled Bernadette Sanchez who hit one of two at the line and the quarter ended with Rio Grande leading 18-10.
In the second quarter Destiny Bragman grabbed a rebound for the Monarchs and Macias got one for the Ravens to start things off. Then Macias hit yet another three-point shot. Caroline Lantor scored for the Monarchs. Rebecca Sanchez fouled Raven Olivia Legarda who hit two of two at the line. Kitcheyan got an assist on a bucket by Lantor for Manzano.
Macias got an assist on a scoring layup by Bernadette Sanchez. and the Ravens led 25-14 at 5:37 of the second quarter. Romero snatched a rebound for the Monarchs and Lantor fouled Gamboa who missed both free throws. Gamboa tried to make up for missing her free throws by stealing a pass. Bragman snatched a rebound for the Monarchs.
Sarah Evans scored for Manzano and Gamboa scored for Rio Grande. The Ravens scored again when Bernadette Sanchez threw a pass to Macias who hit another three-point shot. The Monarchs fought back with their defense. Jackie Apodaca grabbed a defensive rebound and Rebecca Sanchez stole a pass and scored. Then she scored again on a jump shot.
The Ravens led 30-20 with 2:37 left in the second quarter. Kitcheyan grabbed a rebound and Bragman scored on a layup. Legarda scored for the Ravens and Apodaca fouled Bernadette Sanchez who hit two of two free throws. Bragman grabbed a defensive rebound to get the ball back for the Monarchs. Then she grabbed an offensive rebound and put the ball into the basket. Macias stole a pass, started to dribble and was fouled by Kitcheyan. She hit both free throws for the Ravens and the quarter ended with her team ahead 36-24.
Romero started the third by grabbing a rebound when the Ravens couldn’t score. Kitcheyan fouled Bernadette Sanchez who missed both free throws. Romero shot the ball into the basket for the Monarchs. Bernadette Sanchez intercepted a pass but when she tried to score Semler blocked her shot. Romero grabbed another rebound for Manzano. Semler and Bernadette Sanchez found themselves one on one again. But this time the 5-foot-9 inch Semler fouled the 5-foot-4 inch Sanchez who hit one of two free throw attempts.
Macias grabbed another rebound for the Ravens before Kitcheyan stole a pass which led to a basket by Semler. Macias scores on another three-point shot giving the Ravens a 43-30 lead at 2:32 of the third quarter. Legarda fought her way through a tough Monarch defense to score on a layup. Chavez fouled Monarch Jones who hit both shots at the charity stripe.
Semler was involved in the next three plays. First she grabbed a rebound, on the next Monarch’s possession she scored. Then she grabbed an offensive rebound and tried to score but the ball rolled off the rim. So Bragman grabbed the ball and put it in. Bragman was fouled on the play and converted her free throw. Jones scored for the Monarchs and the third quarter ended with Rio Grande leading 45-38.
The Ravens started off the last quarter with a three-point shot by Macias. Gamboa scored, Bernadette Sanchez was fouled and hit both free throws. Jones intercepted a pass for the Monarchs and Semler scored on an outside shot. Then Kitcheyan stole a pass, dribbled to the basket and put the ball in for Manzano. On the Raven’s next possession Kitcheyan fouled Bernadette Sanchez who converted both free throw attempts. Kitcheyan scored again for the Monarchs and Legarda scored for the Ravens Macias fouled Jones for her fourth personal foul.
Semler grabbed a rebound and Evans scored for the Monarchs. Gamboa snatched a rebound for Rio Grande. Bernadette Sanchez dribbled under the basket and passed the ball to Chavez who was fouled on the play. Chavez hit one of two free throw attempts. Monarch Jones grabbed a rebound and her teammate Semler was fouled. She hit both free throws. Bernadette Sanchez scored for the Ravens and Lantor scored twice for the Monarchs. Once on a jump shot and once on a layup. Manzano’s Evans fouled Gamboa who converted both free throw attempts and the game ended with Rio Grande winning 65-55.