Balanced effort lifts Texico to win

By Dave Wagner

dwagner@cnjonline.com

TEXICO — Clayton was determined to hold high-scoring Texico sophomore Brianna Reyna in check on Friday night.

For the most part, the Lady Jackets did just that. Still, Texico’s other players pitched in with perhaps the team’s most balanced attack of the season in a 46-32 victory for the District 4-2A girls tournament championship.

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Texico guard Audrey Wren goes up for the transition layup in the second quarter of the District 4-2A girl’s championship Friday night at Texico High. Wren scored six points in Texico’s 46-32 victory.

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Texico guard Audrey Wren goes up for the transition layup in the second quarter of the District 4-2A girl’s championship Friday night at Texico High. Wren scored six points in Texico’s 46-32 victory.

Reyna was the only player on either side to reach double figures, but was limited to 10 points, in part because of foul trouble. Still, the Lady Wolverines (17-7), ranked No. 1 in Class 2A by Maxpreps.com, had four others chip in at least six points to win comfortably.

“It wasn’t our best (game), but we came out with what we needed,” said senior guard Shelby Vannatta, who had two 3-pointers for six points. “There were some (other) people who stepped up tonight.”

Texico used a pair of 10-0 surges — one in each half — to take control. Trailing 3-2, Reyna converted a three-point play to start the first run and give the Lady Wolverines a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

With Clayton (15-12) hanging on the fringes and getting the deficit under double figures with one of sophomore guard Drew Hidalgo’s three 3-pointers early in the third period, Vannatta countered with one of her own on the ensuing trip downcourt and before that blitz was over the margin was 36-18.

“We needed all those points (besides Reyna’s),” Texico coach Richard Luscombe said. “It was a good win for our kids, especially against a team that played as good of defense as anybody in our class.”

Clayton tried to pressure the Lady Wolverines, but for the most part Texico managed to limit turnovers.

“We have to handle pressure,” Luscombe said. “Everybody’s going to try to pressure us.”

Texico helped itself at the free throw line, going 12-of-16 to 5-of-11 for the Lady Jackets. Junior guard Sarah Daniels went 5-for-5 off the bench, while Reyna was 4-for-5.

Vannatta said it can be hard to play a team when both are so familiar with each other.

“They know everything you do,” she said. “We put in some new stuff to try to get some different people to score.”

Daniels and senior post Chasity Sharp had nine points each for Texico. Meantime, Hidalgo’s nine points topped Clayton, while sophomore guard Brook Leal added eight.