PREP ROUNDUP: Shorthanded Wolverines lose to Tucumcari

CNJ staff

Texico coach Richard Luscombe figured it could be a tough night.

Playing without two players the Wolverines count on, Luscombe knew his team might have trouble handling the ball in a District 6-2A matchup against Tucumcari.

Texico stayed with the Rattlers for most of three quarters, but simply couldn’t muster enough offense in a 50-34 loss at Texico.

Guard Curtis Williams was out of town while sophomore Courtland Luscombe, the coach’s son, missed the game due to the flu.

“We don’t have a lot of guards to start with,” coach Luscombe said. “We were trying to get posts to play guard, and it just didn’t work out.

Gabriel Anaya had three 3-pointers and scored 16 points for the Rattlers (8-6, 1-1). Senior Aaron Vaughan led Texico (9-8, 1-1) with 10 points.

In other boys games Tuesday night:

* Fort Sumner improved to 10-3 with a 73-33 drubbing of Floyd at Fort Sumner in the District 3-1A opener for both teams.

“We jumped on them early,” Foxes coach Wes Weems said. “The Floyd kids are pretty young for the most part. They weren’t ready for the kind of pressure we put on them. We just executed well.”

Jeremy Gauna led the Foxes with 17 points, while Jesus Davalos topped the Broncos (6-9) with 10.

* Farwell got on the board in district play with a 62-33 rout of host Hart.

The Steers (9-14, 1-2 district) outscored the Longhorns 25-6 in the second quarter to build a 25-point halftime lead.

“We finally woke up,” Farwell coach Clint Conkin said. “Our press really hurt them. It was giving us layups.

“If we have to set up (in a halfcourt game), we struggle.”
Senior guard Roper Smith led four Steers in double figures with 14 points. Alex Olmos and Ty Gast each scored 12, and Derrick Chandler added 11.

No one reached double figures for Hart, whose high scorer was Joey Martinez with nine.

* Texico improved to 14-3 (2-0 District 6-2A) with a 54-24 rout of Tucumcari.

Senior Brittany Anderson led the Lady Wolverines with 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while junior Krystal Williams added 11. Texico was never in trouble, sprinting to a 29-7 halftime lead.

Seniors Brandi Arenas and Jamie Jones each scored eight points for the Lady Rattlers (5-9, 0-2).

* Farwell notched a decisive 88-46 district win against Hart thanks to a 25-5 outburst in the first quarter.

“We were really getting after it defensively,” Farwell coach Doug Boyd said. “It’s hard to keep your focus when you are pounding a team like that.”

Britton Barrett scored a game-high 19 for the Lady Blue (10-12, 2-1 district), followed by Bea Garcia with 18.

* Julie Wood pulled down 14 rebounds and scored eight points as Fort Sumner downed Floyd 55-41 in a District 3-1A matchup.

“We played great in the second quarter,” Fort Sumner coach Brian Fortner said. “And we got Lindsey Mansell back after missing two games. That was huge tonight.”

The Vixens (8-5) outscored Floyd 24-8 in the second frame. Mansell lead all scorers with 13 points, while Darcee Chenault had 10 points for Floyd (7-7) .

* Levelland took over the lead in Texas District 2-3A basketball, doubling up Muleshoe 46-23 at Muleshoe.

Erin Methvin led a balanced attack for the Loboettes (20-5, 3-0) with 12 points. Levelland opened a 21-7 lead at half en route to handing the Lady Mules (12-13, 2-1) their first district loss.

Kate Lepard scored nine points for Muleshoe.

* Bovina improved to 14-9 with a 48-35 non-district win over Amarillo Bushland behind 17 points from senior guard Irma Rocha.

— Compiled by CNJ staff