Tuesday prep basketball roundup

Game of the night

— The Texico Lady Wolverines survived a cold-shooting night and came away with a 30-27 win over the equally shot-impaired Fort Sumner Vixens.

Texico (12-3) shot 10-of-51 (20 percent) from the floor, including a two-point second quarter without a field goal.

“It was just a situation where they were just trying so hard they were missing layups,” Texico coach Keith Durham said. “We played good enough defense to win.”

The Vixens (6-5) shot 11-of 39 (28 percent).

“It was a real physical game,” Fort Sumner coach Brian Fortner said. “Every shot was contested.”

Durham said he emphasizes defense in practice for Tuesday’s type of game.

“You better be able to defend because there will be days where you can’t get that leather ball to go through that iron rim,” Durham said.

Stephanie Bailey led the Lady Wolverines with 13 points. Alex Owens lead the Vixens with 10.

“We must have been reading our paper clippings about winning EPAC too much,” Durham said.

Other highlights

— In the first quarter of their District 4-1A opener, the Farwell Steers fell behind and were never able to recover in a 47-36 loss to Sudan.

“We played horrible in the first quarter,” Farwell coach Clink Conkin said. “We couldn’t buy a bucket.”

Sudan post Jerry Smith scored eight of his game-high 20 in the opening frame for the Hornets (13-8, 1-0 district).

“We’re so tiny we couldn’t do anything about it,” Conkin said.

The Farwell coach benched his starters halfway through the first quarter, where they remained for the first part of the second quarter.

“It was a wake-up call,” Conkin said. “They came back in and played a lot better.”

Ty Gast was the only scorer in double figures for the Steers (8-13, 0-1) with 11.

— Fort Sumner employed a balanced attack and came away with a 50-40 win against Texico.

Instead of relying on guard Jeremy Gauna, coach Wes Weems said he wanted his team to get the ball to the post.

“We were trying to go inside a little more, control the ball more,” Weems said. “Instead of making two to three passes, tonight we were making six to eight.”

Gauna still managed a game-high 14 points for the Foxes (8-3).

“He only had 14, but we weren’t just running and gunning,” Weems said.

Curtis Williams led the Wolverines (8-7) with nine points.

— Clovis Christian notched a 66-60 road victory at Melrose.

Ryan Boatman lead the Eagles (7-6) with 19 points, followed by Matt Young and Will Genitski with 16 each.

Carlos Ruiz scored 23 for the Buffaloes (7-5), and Justin Lockmiller added 14.


— Melrose survived a strong effort from Clovis Christian’s Tiffani Medeiros and came away with a 46-35 win on its home court.

Medeiros scored a game-high 19 for the Lady Eagles (5-7). The Lady Buffs (5-7) were paced by Schuyler Cochran with 10 points and Toni Burdine with 9.

— Bovina rode a 25-point performance from Irma Rocha to a 57-46 District 4-1A win at Morton.

Coach Tony Epps said Rocha’s offense was created by her defense for the Fillies (12-9, 1-1 district).

“She hustled and played a good game on defense,” he said. “She capitalized on the steals she made.”

Epps said the win was key because his team typically struggles at Morton.

“We always have a hard time in their gym, so I was a little worried,” Epps said. “It was one of those games we should have beaten them by 30.”

— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Jesse Wolfersberger