Lady Wolverines one step from EPAC finals

CNJ staff

The Lady Wolverines are one game away from the finals of the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament, but Texico coach Keith Durham does not want his team to get caught up in a mid-season tournment.

“We’re just trying to get better every time we step out on the floor,” Durham said. “I don’t want the highlight of our season to be in the middle of it.”

Behind 21 points from Stephanie Bailey, Texico (9-3) downed Logan 65-39 Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the EPAC Tournament in San Jon.

Durham thinks his team could have played better.

“We’re a little slugish,” Durham said. “All the pistons arn’t firing right now.”

Bryn Mayfield added nine and Faith Martin eight for the Lady Wolverines.

Logan was paced by Nicole Martinez with nine points.

The Lady Wolverines face Fort Sumner at 4:15 today in the semifinals.

Dora 63, San Jon 49

Dora had the advantages of being the top seed, having an extra day of preparation and the knowledge that it had already beaten San Jon.

San Jon only had one advantage — the homecourt — but it didn’t last long enough as visiting Dora claimed a 63-49 win in Wednesday’s matchup of the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference Basketball tournament.

Dora (10-3) recovered from an early 10-point deficit and rode a game-high 25 points from Tyler Wilhoit to earn a semifinal matchup with Texico, set for 6 p.m. Friday at Greyhound Arena.

“We made plays when we needed to,” Dora coach Ty Thatcher said. “It’s always good to win the first round game of EPAC. It helps you down the line.”

J.R. Gonzales added 12 and Clay Smith 10 for the Coyotes, the top seed in the 3A bracket. San Jon (4-6) led 12-8 after the first quarter but saw Dora take control with a 22-11 second.

“We got down early in the game,” Thatcher said. “Defensively, we weren’t playing together … trying to stop them one on one. We got Tyler some pretty good looks and went 8-of-12 from the line in the second quarter.”

San Jon was led by Danny Shetter with 14 points, one of three double-figure scorers for the host squad.

Thatcher gave credit to San Jon and coach Larry King for an improved effort. The teams met earlier this season, with Dora claiming a 79-36 win.

“They definitely had a plan for everything we do defensively and they ran plays well,” Thatcher said. “They were definitely very well prepared and they did play with a lot of heart.”

Wednesday’s games

Game 10: Dora 63, San Jon 49
Game 12: Logan vs. Melrose (n)
Thursday’s games
Winner’s semifinals

Game 23: San Jon vs. Texico, 6 p.m.
Game 24: Fort Sumner vs. Melrose/Logan winner, 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday’s games

Game 9: Elida 33, Grady 31
Game 10: Texico 65, Logan 39
Thursday’s games
Winner’s semifinals

Game 21: Floyd vs. Elida, 2:30 p.m.
Game 22: Fort Sumner vs. Texico, 4:15 p.m.