PREP ROUNDUP: Grady boys, Melrose girls advance

CNJ staff

Senior Colt Grau scored 21 points and junior Steven Carter added 16 to lift second-seeded Grady past No. 3 Clovis Christian 58-45 in a District 4-1A boys tournament semifinal game on Wednesday night at Grady.

The win assures the Bronchos (16-11) a regional tournament berth next week, and moves them into Friday’s 7 p.m. district tournament championship game at top-seeded Logan.

Grady boys coach Jim Kneipp said the Bronchos were successful in both man-to-man and zone defenses against the Eagles (16-11).

“We played probably as good of defense tonight as I’ve seen us play,” Kneipp said. “We worked on defense all week, and I told (the players) that if we held them under 50 points, we’d win.”

The Bronchos led 13-6 at the quarter and continued to expand the lead throughout.

Junior Will Genitski scored 14 points for the Eagles, and junior Ryan Boatman added 10.

* In District 3-1A girls tournament, Melrose used back-to-back 3-pointers by Zanessa Dodd and Schuyler Cochran in the third quarter to wrest control and the Lady Buffaloes went on to beat Fort Sumner 54-43 in a semifinal game at Fort Sumner.

The win, Melrose’s second at Fort Sumner this year, guaranteed the Lady Buffs (12-15) a spot in next week’s regional tournament. They play at district regular-season champion Elida at 7 p.m. Friday for the 3-1A tournament title.

“We can relax a little bit,” Melrose coach Jason Lee said of advancing to the regionals. “Friday’s game should be a lot of fun.”

After a low-scoring first half, ending with Fort Sumner leading 18-13, the pace picked up in the final two quarters with Melrose rolling up 41 points.

Dodd, a junior, finished with a season-best 18 points, including 9-of-10 from the free throw line. She scored all of her points in the second half.

As a team, the Lady Buffs converted 23-of-30 charity shots, including 16-of-19 in the final period when Dodd was 7-for-7.

Sophomore Kimberly Lyons added 13 points, including a key steal and layup in the fourth quarter, while senior Schuyler Cochran scored 11 points.

Trailing 24-23, Dodd banked in a 3-pointer with 2:10 left in the third period to put Melrose in front for good. Cochran, who scored 11 points, added her trifecta a minute later, and two free throws by sophomore Toni Burdine made it 31-24 at the end of the period.

“That kind of got the momentum back,” Lee said. “We just held on from there, and we made our free throws at the end.”

Senior Julie Wood scored 12 points for the Vixens (13-12), while senior Lindsay Mansell added 10.