Lady Wildcat combo picked first team all-state Class 5A

Clovis junior post Brittany Blackmon was selected first team all-state Class 5A by the Associated Press along with teammate Aimee Hilburn. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth)

Staff and wire reports


ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis junior Brittany Blackmon hit over 70 percent of her shots this season, a stat sure to get the attention of college coaches like New Mexico’s Don Flanagan.

Flanagan and his staff are doing some serious recruiting homework on Blackmon, who averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds a game as the leader of a Clovis team that went undefeated (30-0) and captured the Class 5A state title.

“We’re excited that the Lady Lobos are talking to her,” Clovis coach Miles Watters said Thursday. “She’s improved every year and she’s going to be a much improved player next year.”

Her sensational junior season was enough to get Blackmon a spot on The Associated Press’ Class 5A girls All-State team.

Blackmon and Mayfield sophomore Carissa McGee headed the all-state first team that was dominated by underclassmen. Also on the first team were Sandia junior Angelina Dennison and Clovis junior Aimee Hilburn. The lone senior was Mayfield guard Krystal Torres.

“It’s an unusual situation that we have such an outstanding group of underclassmen,” Watters said of the statewide youth movement in girls basketball. “Girls 5A should be a joy to watch next year.”

Blackmon is 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-11 — depending on whether the coach or player are doing the measuring — and plays inside for the Wildcats. She did most of her scoring from close range this season and that won’t happen when Blackmon gets to college, where she’s expected to play a guard spot.

“Right now her range is probably 10 feet and she needs to work on getting it in the 15 to 18 foot range,” Watters said.
The 3A All-State first team had Socorro junior Audra Major, Portales junior Morgan Hill, Robertson seniors Jessica Armijo and Ashley Moore and Grants junior Alissa Horacek.

Fort Sumner sisters Sandy and Kelly Fortner were selected to the 1A first team after winning the state title. Also on the first team was Brittany Bailey of Grady, along with Kelli Goodan and Jamie Atwater of Des Moines and Kelly Armstrong of Magdalena.

“I think she was deserving of the honor,” Grady coach Alicia Rush said of Bailey, who plans to play basketball at Ranger College in Ranger, Texas, next year.

Melrose senior Audrey Hemminger, Fort Sumner senior Tobea Patterson and House’s Lindsy Lee were named Class 1A second team.

On the boys side, Clovis senior post Tigg Bunton was selected second team Class 5A after averaging 20 points and eight rebounds a game.

Texico senior Braden Vaughan and Melrose junior Carlos Ruiz earned second team honors for 2A and 1A, respectively, after leading their teams to the playoffs.

The teams were selected in voting by coaches in the five classes.

ALBUQUERQUE — Local players on the Associated Press All-State basketball teams for 2004-2005. The complete list will be in Sunday’s CNJ.

Class 5A
First team, Brittany Blackmon, Jr.; Aimee Hilburn, Jr. Hon. mention, Tori Quintana, Jr.
Class 3A
First team, Morgan Hill, Jr. Second team, Megan Kabrick, Jr. Hon. mention, Tara Johnson, eighth
Class 2A
Hon. mention, Ashley Kidd, Sr.
Class 1A
Fort Sumner —
First team, Sandy Fortner, Sr.; Kelly Fortner, Sr. Second team, Tobea Patterson, Sr.
Grady — First team, Brittany Bailey, Sr. Hon. mention, Jennifer Blackburn, Sr.
Melrose — Second team, Audrey Hemminger, Sr.
House — Second team, Lindsy Lee, Sr.

Class 5A
Clovis —
Second team, Tigg Bunton, Sr.
Class 3A
Portales —
First team, Chris Carter, Sr. Second team, Chris Kirchner, Sr.
Class 2A
Texico —
Second team, Braden Vaughan, Sr. Hon. mention, Tony Clement, Sr.
Class 1A
Melrose —
Second team, Carlos Ruiz, Jr.
Grady — Hon. mention, Jarrod Lindsey, Sr.
House — Hon. mention, Nathan Foust, Sr.