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Spartans defeat fouling Pintos

The Independent of Edgewood, New Mexico

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Moriarty's Lady Pintos got into early foul trouble and had no answer for the taller St. Pius X Sartans as they lost 49-35 Friday.

St. Pius' Alex Membreno controlled the game after getting the Valencia twins their third fouls in the battle of the top 4A schools at the Saltans' home court.

.Brandi and Kristin Valencia led the Pintos with 16 and nine points. Membreno led all scorers with 23. Sartan teammate Caitlin Boal had nine points and was unstoppable off the boards in the second half.

Moriarty seesawed with the lead in the first quarter as Jordan' Russell hit a 3-pointer and Kristin hit a jumper with two seconds left to get a 13-12 edge. Kristin hit another three midway through the second, and after Alex Lehocky got a free throw, the Lady Pintos were down 20-19 going into the locker room.

Lehocky also got two offensive rebounds in that quarter but found it tough to beat the wider Boal in the second half after the Valencias got into foul trouble. "She's tough to get around or over, and Alex [Membreno] knows what to do. We could have used a little more of a break," said Lehocky, one of several ailing Pintos.

Brandi and Kristin got their third fouls within 27 seconds of each other, and the Pintos fell behind by seven points before the third quarter ended. Jordan Russell also got her third foul, and despite back-to-back treys by Brandi in the fourth quarter, Moriarty was down by 13. No one fouled out but the Pintos were unable to come back

The Lady Pintos lost unexpectedly to Belen by two points earlier in the week. Moriarty coach Joe Bailey said, "I expected them to step up [as they did], but the foul trouble made it tough."

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Original Publication Date: February 4, 2009

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