Boys and girls varsity basketball teams are gearing up for the annual Albuquerque Metro Championships that are from January 8th through January 12th.. 16 high schools from the APS district will battle it out to be Metro Champions. There are four regular rounds and a fifth championship round being held on the last day of the tournament. For Sandia, the girls are placed 5th and the boys are placed 13th.
Lee Kettig, head coach for the girls' basketball team and teacher at Sandia, stated that he used winter break as the girls time to rest and recuperate. “Since we’ve gotten back,” Coach Kettig told Sandian staff “we’ve been doing a lot of conditioning and a lot of review from stuff that hopefully we remember from the first part of the season.” He expects the girls to play hard in any game, and that they play as the team, two aspects that determine wins and losses.
Offensive coordinator and math teacher Lindsey Kerwin also stressed about getting the girls back into shape from their break. “I expect we’ll be challenged to push the tempo [and] execute our offense.” Being able to stay composed throughout the tournament is hard and challenging for any team, but Coach Kerwin has faith in her girls.
There is some trouble the girls are facing. Executing offensive plays and seeing it through. Defensively, like always, keeping your player is key when trying to win a game, and the girls don’t appear to be struggling with this aspect of the game. Being in the fifth seed, there are high expectations from not only the coaches, but Sandia’s community.
Tuesday, January 8th, the girls played Manzano at Albuquerque High School. The girls blew Manzano out of the water with the end scores being 58-37. On Wednesday, the girls are playing Rio Rancho High School at Albuquerque High at 7:15.