Basketball playoffs continue at The Pit

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By The Staff

Out of seven teams from District 2 that made it into the boys and girls state basketball playoffs, only one was left standing following this weekend.

The Class 4A state girls basketball tournament resumed this morning at The Pit in Albuquerque, while boys basketball tournament continues Wednesday with the quarterfinal round, also at The Pit.

District 2 went 1-6 in the first round of the 4A playoffs, with no girls teams and only one of three boys teams surviving its opener. Los Alamos, which qualified both its teams as 16th-seeded entries, was bounced in the openers. The Hilltopper girls lost to top-seeded Grants 62-44, while the Hilltopper boys gave the top-seeded Goddard Rockets a scare, going up by nine points midway through the third quarter, before the Rockets rallied to win 54-48.

Bernalillo's boys, the No. 8 seed, were the victims of a mild upset, falling to ninth-seeded Kirtland Central 60-51 in the opener.

Capital, the No. 3 seed, barely escaped an upset bid by 14th-seeded Deming, winning 47-43 in Santa Fe. Capital will take on 11th-seeded Atrisco Heritage, which stunned sixth-seeded Grants 51-50 Saturday night to advance.

Other boys matchups include Goddard vs. Kirtland Central, fourth-seeded St. Pius X vs. fifth-seeded Gallup and No. 7 Santa Teresa taking on No. 2 Roswell.

On the girls side, Española Valley was the highest seeded team to fall this weekend. The Sundevils, the District 2 champ, lost to 12th-seeded Miyamura at home, 45-36.

Miyamura will play fourth-seeded Kirtland Central tonight. Kirtland Central, which has won 18 state titles since 1980, defeated Del Norte 50-38 Friday night.

This morning, No. 2 seed Roswell nipped No. 7 Valencia, 51-50 at The Pit.

Grants faced off against eighth-seeded Artesia this afternoon — results of that game weren't available at press time. Artesia knocked out ninth-seeded Santa Fe 64-38 in the first round.

Piedra Vista, the No. 3 seed, survived an upset attempt by Bernalillo to advance to today's quarterfinal round game against Gallup, the No. 6 seed.

In Class 3A, the Pojoaque boys held on for a 53-46 victory over Lovington in the opening round of state. The Elks' reward, however, is not an enviable one, as they will take on top-seeded Hope Christian — pound-for-pound one of the top three teams in New Mexico — at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Santa Ana Star Center. Pojoaque's girls were downed in the first round by third-seeded Portales.