The Associated Press
Mayfield 78, Sandia 65
ALBUQUERQUE — Mayfield used its full court press and strong shooting to defeat Sandia 78-65 Thursday in the semifinals of the girls Class 5A State Tournament.
Mayfield, which will play the winner of the Clovis-Rio Rancho game in the championship Saturday, hopes for a rematch to defend its title against Clovis.
“Clovis is on our minds a lot,” said Mayfield sophomore Carissa McGee. “We can’t wait to play them.”
Krystal Torres led Mayfield (27-0) with 19 points, including four 3-pointers. Madison Spence and Marie McGee added 16 points each.
Sandia (21-7) battled to get shots up throughout the game. In the final minute, junior guard Martina Holloway connected on two of the six 3-pointers she hit in the game to bring Sandia within 12 — 74-62. Holloway led Sandia with 25 points.
“She’s quick,” McGee said of Holloway. “You’ve got to get in her face all the time.”
Sophia Holguin hit three free throws and Spence added one free throw to ice the game for Mayfield.
Mayfield used its full-court press to take an 11-0 advantage in the opening three minutes of the game.
Torres connected for a shot and free throw, Marie McGee hit a 3-pointer and Spence added a basket and free throw to give the Trojans another 9-0 run to finish the first half with a 45-28 lead.
Sandia team leader Angelina Dennison was held to 1 point and fouled out with 1:24 to go in the game. She was quickly followed to the bench by Shelley Arnold and Kendra Coveal, who also fouled out.