Girls basketball: A quick look at 2AAAA

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By Mike Cote

Bernalillo Spartans

Record: 5-11

2006-2007: 4th place (missed playoffs)

Head coach: Chrissy White-Duran

Key wins

Nov. 24 vs. Laguna-Acoma, 54-51

Jan. 12 vs. Cuba, 43-32

Key losses

Dec. 22 at St. Michael's, 54-13

Jan. 10 at Belen, 50-29

Jan. 19 vs. Capital at Aztec Invite, 49-33

Not an auspicious nondistrict season for the Spartans. The Spartans have struggled in most of their contests and haven't had a victory against a team of note so far. Bernalillo does have some experience, with five seniors on its roster, but it also sports a freshman and three sophomores.

Capital Jaguars

Record: 5-11

2006-2007: 2nd place, 2AAAA (advanced to state quarterfinals)

Head coach: Jeremy Newton

Key wins

Dec. 11 vs. Del Norte, 41-32

Jan. 4 vs. Farmington, 47-37

Jan. 19 vs. Bernalillo at Aztec Invite, 49-33

Key losses

Dec. 28 vs. Moriarty at St. Michael's Tourney, 61-41

Jan. 8 vs. Santa Fe, 61-54

Jan. 9 at Albuquerque Academy, 50-36

Capital has looked inconsistent so far this season. However, it has shown the ability to score points, and score a lot of points, on certain nights. The Jaguars have played a competitive nondistrict schedule and might give opponents some trouble if they are overlooked. They don't have a lot of height — their tallest player is listed as 5-foot-6 — but do have several returners from last season.

Española Valley Sundevils

Record: 2-8

2006-2007: 5th in 2AAAA (missed playoffs)

Head coach: Ron Drake

Key wins

Dec. 6 vs. Robertson at Brian Gallegos Invite, 59-52

Dec. 13 at Mescalero, 66-45

Key losses

Dec. 22 at Santa Fe, 46-45

Jan. 8 vs. Pojoaque, 54-51

Jan. 12 vs. Moriarty, 41-32

Last year, the Sundevils went 0-for, and haven't improved on that mark much this season. However, Espanola Valley has played some good teams very tough, most notably Moriarty, which is on the short list of favorites in Class AAAA this season. Ron Drake has been a successful coach in northern New Mexico for many years and knows how to get the most out of his team.

Los Alamos Hilltoppers

Record: 8-9

2006-2007: 1st in 2AAAA (advanced to state quarterfinals)

Head coach: Gerry Washburn

Key wins

Dec. 7 vs. Albuquerque at APS Invite, 40-38

Jan. 4 at Santa Fe, 59-34

Jan. 11 vs. Farmington, 47-31

Key losses

Dec. 1 at Pojoaque, 51-33

Jan. 7 at St. Michael's, 38-34

Jan. 19 vs. St. Pius X, 51-45

While Washburn believes his team has the talent to make a run at a state title this season, Los Alamos would still love to make an impression on the rest of Class AAAA prior to the start of the postseason. Its best chance of doing so would be to run the table in 2AAAA, which is a tall order but not out of the realm of possibility. If the Hilltoppers can take full advantage of a big height disparity, sweeping 2AAAA could be the outcome. Jan. 30 at Capital will be a good benchmark.

Taos Tigers

Record: 7-10

2006-2007: 3rd place, 2AAAA (advanced to state playoffs first round)

Head coach: Robert Trujillo

Key wins

Nov. 20 at Grants, 44-38

Nov. 30 at Mora, 41-32

Key losses

Dec. 13 vs. Hope Christian at Moriarty Invite, 60-36

Dec. 14 vs. Albuquerque at Moriarty Invite, 46-41

Dec. 22 vs. Wingate at Ben Lujan Invite, 58-51

Although the Tigers have won seven games, not a bad total, all things considered, they haven't played many quality teams and have lost to all of those they have played. Most of Taos' scoring outputs have been in the 30s and low 40, so it hasn't exactly been lighting up the scoreboard. It has also given up some big point totals in several games. The Tigers are young, but might not be more than a year away from being in contention for a 2AAAA title.