Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Silva Breaks Scoring Mark

By Nicky Romero
For the Mountain Mail

Senior Roxanne Silva became Socorro’s all-time leading scorer and broke another school mark when she scored 38 points in a 67-44 win against Taos in the first round of the Ben Lujan Tournament in Pojoaque Monday.
Silva broke the record previously held by Audra Major, who scored 2,240 points in her career. Silva also broke the school steal record which was previously held by Renee Gallegos, who had 339.
Silva added 10 rebounds and six steals in the win against Taos. Socorro played in the semifinal of the Lujan Tournament against host Pojoaque.
“The press worked good,” Socorro coach Joseph Garcia said. “Just 15 turnovers and we shot 48 percent from the field.”
Within the span of four days last week, Socorro found out how it stacked up against the top teams in Class AAA.
On Dec. 15, the Lady Warriors lost to second-ranked West Las Vegas 53-43, but on Dec. 18, Socorro, behind 35 points from Silva, rolled past defending Class AAA state champion Pojoaque 61-48 on the Elkettes’ home floor.
“Pojoaque, the last four years, has pressed us like crazy, causing havoc with us,” Garcia said. “We did it to them finally. We were pressing the heck out of them.
“Tristan Peralta made a key steal in the first quarter going in for a layup. They were flustered for most of the game. Our press worked.”
Socorro led Pojoaque 32-17 at halftime and never looked back.
The Elkettes made a run in the fourth quarter but Socorro answered with a 7-0 run to put the game away.
Silva was helped offensively by Jaden Jones, who had 10 points. All-state guard Dionne Montoya had 13 for the Elks.
“We only had 16 turnovers compared to 41 against West Las Vegas,” Garcia said. “We shot 51 percent from the field. Obviously, not turning it over and having a good shooting percentage, being aggressive the whole game were all keys to winning the game.”
Pojoaque Valley coach Lanse Carter said the Elkettes could not contain Silva.
"We had a hard time defending her," Carter told the Santa Fe New Mexican. "Unless you put more than one player on her, she's going to hurt you."

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