By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer
Muleshoe’s Kasey Wood hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lady Mules a 49-46 win against Nazareth in the championship of the Nazareth tournament.
The Lady Mules rallied from seven points down in the final minutes of the game. Muleshoe had a couple of key steals down the stretch and were nearly immaculate from the free throw line, making 7 of 8 in the fourth quarter.
“That’s what’s won us the game, really,” Muleshoe coach Shana Simms said.
Simms credited last year’s big-game experience, when the Lady Mules made it to the Class 3A regional finals, for giving her team the confidence and composure to come out with the victory at Nazareth.
The Lady Mules are learning to play without departed senior leaders Sara Benham and Tori Barton, according to Simms.
Muleshoe won three games in the tournament to push its record to 6-3. One of those losses was against Nazareth, in the second game of the year, 50-35.
Muleshoe lost only six games last year with one of those to the Lady Swifts in the championships of last year’s tournament.
“We kind of had a little revenge factor going in our favor,” Simms said.
Melrose’s court finally ready
Melrose should finally have its basketball court ready when they play Logan tonight, according to Melrose athletics director Sid Black.
Crews started rebuilding the court in the second week of July and it was supposed to be completed by the last week of August.
However, the unusual amount of precipitation in the area has caused delays in the placing of the new boards. Boards need to be extremely dry when they are placed, otherwise it could lead to future warping or cracking, which led to the removal of the old floor.
“It’d just about dry out and then we’d get some more rain,” Black said.
Teams have been practicing in the Melrose auxiliary gym.
The school got a break with the football team winning the state championship. With most of the basketball players also playing football, it meant one less team to find practice time for in the auxiliary gym for a few extra weeks.
“It’s been a little rough, but we toughed it out and got through it,” Black said.
Vixens win tourney … again
The Fort Sumner Lady Vixen won the Roadrunner tournament over the weekend with a 51-38 victory over Hagerman in the championship game.
Of the 13 Roadrunner tournaments, the Vixen have won 12. The Vixen (3-0) outscored their three opponents by a combined 169-87 in the tournament.
Sandy Fortner scored in double figures in all three game and is averaging 15.3 points.
Raining 3s in Farwell
Through the first six games, the Farwell Steers have averaged of just under six 3-pointers a game. The Steers had 12 in a 69-50 win over Claude in the Nazareth tournament over the weekend and their low this year is three against Smyer in the season opener.
The Steers (5-1) have been led beyond the arc by senior guards Tate Nichols and Robbie Tabb, who have 12 and 9 3s on the season, respectively.
Quote of note
“It’d just abour dry out and then we’d get some more rain.”
— Sid Black, Melrose atheltics director, on getting the wood dry enough it could be placed in the gymnasium floor.
Week’s top scoring performances
Based on reports to the Clovis News Journal on games from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4
o Ryan Boatman, Clovis Christian, 31, Dec. 4, Holy Cross
o Jeremy Gauna, Fort Sumner, 27, Dec. 3, Valley Christian
o Carlos Ruiz, Melrose , 26, Dec. 3, Eunice
o Boatman, Clovis Christian, 25, Nov. 30, Bovina
o Tigg Bunton, Clovis, 23, Nov. 30, Tascosa
o Chris Carter, Portales, 23, Nov. 30, Muleshoe
o Audrey Hemminger, Melrose, 27, Dec. 3, Eunice
o Irma Rocha, Bovina, 22, Dec. 3, Lubbock Warriors
o Rocha, Bovina, 20, Dec.4, Morton
o Sandy Fortner, Fort Sumner, 19, Dec. 3, Lipan
o Britton Barrett, Farwell, 19, Dec. 3, Lipan
o Aimee Hilburn, Clovis, 18, Nov. 30, Hereford
— Compiled by CNJ Sports Writer John Eisel. Contact him at john_eisel@ link.freedom.com, or 763-6991 ext. 322