Fillies top Lady Blue, advance to playoffs

Bovina’s Lucero Saucedo takes a shot over Farwell’s Salida Edwards during Saturday’s game at Rock Staubus Gym. Bovina clinched a playoff berth and ended Farwell’s season with the 63-57 win. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger)

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer

It’s been a long time since Bovina’s girls had beaten Farwell. Now they’ve done it twice in a week.

The Fillies rode a quick start and 27 points from senior guard Irma Rocha to a 63-57 victory over Farwell on Saturday night at Rock Staubus Gym in a playoff for the second of two postseason berths from Texas District 3-1A.

Bovina (19-10) will now play New Deal in a 6:30 p.m. (CST) first-round Class 1A playoff game on Tuesday at Levelland High School.

Bovina beat the Lady Blue 51-38 at home on Tuesday, pulling into a tie for second with Farwell at 5-3 in district standings, behind Sudan.

The Fillies never trailed in the rematch. They broke the last of three first-quarter ties on Rocha’s 3-pointer with 12 seconds left in the opening quarter, and led by double figures for much of the game.

Third-year Fillies coach Tony Epps said he thought part of Farwell’s strategy was to try to get junior post Jessica Bachicha in foul trouble and take her out of the game. They did that — Bachicha drew her fourth foul late in the third quarter — but she came back to score five of her seven points in the final period.

“I’m glad other girls stepped up,” Epps said. “I’m just real proud of the girls.”

Epps said the Fillies have shown dramatic improvement in each of his three seasons as coach.

“It just kind of fell together for us,” he said. “It’s unbelievable. These girls have allowed themselves to be disciplined and to really get to a point where they could be a force.”

The Fillies took off in the second quarter, stretching their lead to 38-22 late in the half when Rocha’s steal and layup with 54 seconds left capped a 12-2 run.

Farwell (13-15) trimmed the margin to 48-40 with 6 1/2 minutes left on a basket by junior post Britton Barrett, who scored a career-high 26 points. But after the Lady Blue pulled to six with just under two minutes to go, Rocha hit two free throws and Bachicha drove the lane for a layup to seal the win.

Farwell coach Doug Boyd, who returned just Thursday after missing the previous three games while he and his wife were in Louisiana to adopt a daughter, said the Lady Blue simply couldn’t get the breaks they needed to pull it out.

“It seems like that’s the way the whole season was,” Boyd said. “I just which my (five seniors) the best of luck. It was a fun bunch of girls — it just didn’t seem like anything went our way this year.”

Junior guards Dellani Jones and Amanda Martin added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Farwell.