Basketball

Taos County students make all-state teams

Gonzales, Khweis, Tafoya represent their schools

By Matthew Narvaiz
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 4/1/20

There were some dominant forces in the world of high school basketball in Taos County during the 2019-20 season.

Those players were honored by being named to the all-state teams - an award that is voted on by coaches from across New Mexico.

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Basketball

Taos County students make all-state teams

Gonzales, Khweis, Tafoya represent their schools

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There were some dominant forces in the world of high school basketball in Taos County during the 2019-20 season.

Those players were honored by being named to the all-state teams - an award that is voted on by coaches from across New Mexico.

Junior Abdul Khweis of Taos was chosen to the Class 4A All-State second team. Senior Carly Gonzales of Peñasco was named to the Girls Class 2A All-State first team - her third time in a row - while her teammate, senior Adrianna Tafoya, was named to the all-state second team for the first time.

Gonzales was the most dominant of all three players, too. She finished the season averaging a double-double - and on a few nights had a triple-double. Gonzales averaged 21.7 points and 12.3 rebounds, which led Peñasco in both categories all season.

"Her game was at a totally different level this year," Peñasco head coach Mandy Montoya said of Gonzales. "This year she was the focal point of our offense. … My view is that she was the best player in the state."

Khweis, without a doubt, was the leader out on the court for the Taos Tigers this season. His pace of play exceeded that of most players in his district, as he hustled for the ball on both ends of the court.

Khweis at one point had helped his team rally back from a deficit at Los Alamos in early February, scoring in the final few minutes before tying the game up on a layup with seconds remaining.

"His motor is just nonstop," Taos head coach Hernando Chavez said of Khweis. "He gives a good example to the rest of the guys on how to go about business."

Khweis is also a stellar student, Chavez said.

"He's an excellent student," Chavez said. "He really embodies that student-athlete model. He's not only getting it done on the basketball court, but he's also getting it done in the classroom."

Tafoya, who is a quiet assassin on the court, was a key factor in helping Peñasco reach the Girls Class 2A State Championship game against No. 2 Mescalero Apache. She averaged 13.1 points and 6.0 rebounds, but the real story of her game is in the steals category - she averaged 4.4 a game, which led Peñasco all season. She had 141 steals throughout the season.

"So much of our offense is dictated by our defense - and she is a leader there," Montoya said of Tafoya. "She was just everywhere. In our press, she plays free safety, and she just read it so well."

Selections for the North-South All-Star game will be chosen over the next couple of months. That game has been moved toward late July - and is not set in stone by any means, with the coronavirus pandemic having put most sports activities to a halt for the foreseeable future.

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