Kirsten Martinez scores 42 against Creede in 56-41 win
by David J. Santistevan Jr.
WESTON — She’s averaging over 26 points per game so far in the 2017-2018 Colorado Girls Class 1A Basketball Season, and on January 13, Primero’s 5’3” sophomore guard Kirsten Martinez scored 41 points on an amazing 14 of 26 shooting from the field to help her Lady Bulldog team to a huge 56-41 1A District 6 win over Creede. On Friday, Martinez scored 22 points in Primero’s loss to the #6-ranked ladies from La Veta 58-30.
Saturday, Primero jumped out fast once again against the Lady Miners, taking a seven point lead midway through the first half. Martinez, who scored well over 50% from the field, had help from her senior teammates, Gabi Martinez, Taylor Mestas and Melanie Lujan who combined for 19 rebounds, six assists, and seven steals which led to 32 Creede team turnovers.
The Lady Bulldogs were 15 of 20 from the charity strip. Martinez hit 13 of 15 free-throws to go along with six steals and four assists, scoring 20 points in the final period after Creede had cut the lead down to one point. The Lady Bulldogs’ (4-5) (3-1) win gave them their third district win of the year.
“We started out with good intensity and our defense was good to start against Creede,” Lady Bulldog head coach Mark Martinez said. “They (Creede) played man, a box-’n-one and a triangle-’n-2 and our team responded. We got into some foul trouble to start the second half, but we held on and played good team ball in the fourth quarter. I am proud of our girls. They played hard.”
Friday, Primero lost by 18 points to La Veta (7-1)(3-1), the #6 ranked team in the state and #14 ranked team in the all-important RPI rankings. La Veta was led by Junior Kaylee Corsentino’s 27 points as she shot 11 of 19, grabbed 12 rebound, and had four assists. Corsentino, a junior, is averaging 18 PPG and 10.9 RPG. Shaylee Andreatta made six of eight free-throws on her way to scoring 17-points and added nine boards and four steals. La Veta, as a team, had 19 steals and shot 41% from the field.
Primero was led by Martinez who scored 22-points and had six steals. “We played hard against La Veta,” coach Mark Martinez said. “La Veta beat us in the paint; they out-rebounded us. We had some good looks and had open shots just not fall. They have a good bench. We are a work in progress, we are fast and play good defense, and we continue to improve on the offensive side of the ball. I can’t say enough about how our girls work at practice and it is starting to show during games.”
Primero 11 04 02 13 30 La Veta 24 1 09 14 58
Creede 07 11 13 10 41 Primero 14 14 08 20 56