Wolverines top Plains for tourney title
Published: Sunday, December 17th, 2006
TEXICO — Texico boys coach Richard Luscombe said in order for the Wolverines to beat the up-tempo Plains Cowboys in Saturday’s boys finals of the Citizens Bank Border Shootout, they would have to control the game’s pace. They did just that Saturday night, posting a 51-35 victory to capture the title. Junior Daniel Schueler scored 22 points and used his size to control the paint for Texico (9-2). The Wolverines led most of the way, breaking open a close game by outscoring the Cowboys 17-7 in the third quarter. Zach Ramos tallied 11 points for Plains (10-3), but he was the Cowboys’ only double-figure scorer. Junior Courtland Luscombe scored all of his 18 points in the second half for Texico, helping the Wolverines widen the gap. “This was a team that could just run up and down the floor,” coach Luscombe said of the Cowboys. “I thought we had to really execute a good game plan and we did that.” Meantime, Plains captured the girls championship, bolting to a 22-2 lead in the opening quarter en route to a 73-59 victory over Bovina. The Cowgirls (10-2) ran away to a 22-2 lead after one quarter and were content to play the Fillies even the rest of the way. Senior guard Lauren Davis scored 24 points for Plains, while senior guard Rena Morales added 16 and freshman forward Kimber Williams chipped in 14. For the Fillies (8-7), who knocked off Lovington and Farwell to reach the finals, senior guard Hilda Quintero hit five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points. Senior post Jessica Bachicha scored 14 for Bovina, and sophomore forward Yesenia Guevara added 11. In other final-round boys games, Dexter overcame a five-point halftime deficit to beat the Clovis sophomores 45-33 for third place; Tatum defeated Bovina 61-52 for fifth place and Farwell knocked off Melrose 60-49 in the seventh place contest. Other girls final-round contests found Farwell rolling to a 59-23 victory over Tatum for third place; Texico beating Melrose 40-24 to place fifth and Lovington rallying in the second half to edge Dexter 56-53 in the seventh-place contest.
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