Published: Sunday, February 27th, 2005
Grady rolls to tourney title in 4-1A GRADY — Brittany Bailey led three Lady Bronchos in double-figures with 14 points as Grady routed Mosquero 62-24 Saturday in the District 4-1A tournament championship game. Aerial Verble and Taris Pond each scored 11 for Grady. Kristina Stephens led Mosquero with eight points. Buffs take 3-1A title Melrose — Carlos Ruiz notched 22 points as Melrose defeated Fort Sumner 63-55 in the District 3-1A boys tournament title game. The Foxes went on a 15-3 run late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to tie the game at 47, but two free throws by Ruiz after a intentional foul was called on the Foxes and a 3-pointer from Tyler Tatum turned the game in Melrose’s favor. Jeremy Gauna led the Foxes with 16 points, followed by Matt Sena’s 11. Lady Mules fall short LUBBOCK — Muleshoe reached the Region I-3A finals for the second straight year only to run into Canyon again. The two-time Class 3A state champs hit 11 3-pointers en route to a 74-39 rout Saturday at United Spirit Arena. “They couldn’t do anything wrong,” Muleshoe coach Shana Simms said. “I think we played OK. They’re just a great team and have a great coach.” The Lady Eagles blew the game open with a 23-10 run in the second quarter to build a 20-point lead at halftime. Simms said Canyon made about 60 percent of their shots during the game. Jamie Carpenter led Muleshoe with 10 points, while Catherine McMenany led Canyon with 19. Simms said Canyon should win its third straight title with ease. “They won’t even be challenged." FTs costly for Texico SANTA ROSA — Free throws prove costly for the Texico girls Friday night in a 51-48 loss at Santa Rosa. The Lady Wolverines made of 13 of 29 in the District 6-2A tournament final. Besides free throws, Texico coach Buddy Little said his team also missed numerous shots from inside 10 feet. Brette Hadley scored 15 points for Texico while Ashley Kidd added 14. Texico will return to Santa Rosa next Friday for regionals. Its opponent will be determined on Saturday. Lady Vixens roll in 3-1A FORT SUMNER — It was closer than the first three matchups, but the Fort Sumner girls still cruised by Melrose 61-43 in the District 3-1A tournament title game. "We played well at times, but we had lapses at times, and against teams like Fort Sumner, if you have a two-minute lapse, it costs you about 12 points,” Melrose coach Jason Lee said. Lee said his team defended the Vixens pretty well in the halfcourt, but when his team made mistakes against Fort Sumner’s ever-changing defense, the Vixens usually turned the miscues into layups. Sandy Fortner had a game-high 25 points for top-ranked Fort Sumner (26-0). Audrey Hemminger paced the Lady Buffs (13-15) with 18 points. The Vixens had beaten the Lady Buffaloes by an average of 32 points in two regular season district games and at EPAC. Muleshoe rallies late LUBBOCK — Muleshoe girls coach Shana Simms said her team just would not die. Despite trailing 12-0 to start the game, the Lady Mules fought back to beat Pilot Point 59-51 in the Region I-3A semifinals. As been the custom this season, the Lady Mules had a furious fourth quarter, outscoring Pilot Point by 10 points as the Lady Mules’ pressure man-to-man defense finally took its toll. Muleshoe’s Kasey Wood nailed three 3-pointers and scored 14 points in the fourth quarter. Kelsey Friskup kept Muleshoe in the game in the first three quarters by scoring 17 of her 19 points.
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