Clovis junior varsity player Callie Bunce fights for possession of the ball during Friday’s girls semifinal game against Melrose in the Citizens Bank Border Shootout at Texico.
Clovis Christian senior Tyler Shiplman drives past Arbor Academy junior Nathan Platt during Friday's matchup in the Border Shootout in Texico.
TEXICO — Senior guard Faith Martin made 1-of-2 free throws with three seconds left in overtime Friday night and Texico edged Farwell 49-48 to gain a berth in tonight’s finals of the Citizens Bank Border Shootout.
Texico’s boys also advanced, beating Farwell 73-33. The Clovis junior varsity teams also reached the championship game with wins Friday over Melrose, 75-54 in the boys game and 41-29 in the girls contest.
All of today’s schedule was to have been played in the high school gym, but because of Friday night’s snow the games will be split again. Fifth- and seventh place games will be in the junior high gym while the third-place and championship games will be at the high school gym, with play beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Also, a junior varsity round-robin scheduled for today at Texico has been postponed.
Martin finished with 14 points and junior guard Amanda Bass added 12 for Texico (7-0). The Lady Blue (10-6) was paced by five 3-pointers and 21 points from sophomore guard Tiffani Jones and 12 points from sophomore guard Laura Martinez.
Sophomore Amanda Romero had four 3-pointers and 14 points to lead Clovis JV (5-2) to victory in the other girls semifinal. The Lady Wildcats held Melrose (3-3) to six points in the first half.
Senior TaNeil Roberts finished with 11 points for the Lady Buffaloes.
The Texico boys improved to 4-2, rolling to a 22-6 lead at the quarter against Farwell. Senior Courtland Luscombe scored 16 points, junior Brett Anderson had 14 and sophomore Seth Bailey added 11 for Texico, while the Steers (5-10) were paced by 12 points from senior forward Ross McClaran.
The Clovis JV boys (2-1) got 23 points from junior Tanner Adams, leading four players in double figures, and the Wildcats overcame a six-point, first-quarter deficit with a 26-point burst in the second period.
Senior guard Kevin Park scored 11 points for the Buffaloes (3-3).
Boys consolation semifinals
Plains 61, Bovina 40 — The Cowboys bounced back from a first-round loss to the Clovis JV, pulling away from the Mustangs (2-11) with a dominating second half.
Senior guard Rudy Gonzales scored 21 points for Plains (10-3), while Bovina got 19 points from junior Jesus Rocha.
Arbor Academy 57, Clovis Christian 53 — The Lions (2-5) outscored CCS 31-19 over the middle two quarters and then held off a late Eagles run.
Junior forward Nathan Platt scored 18 points for Arbor Academy. Senior Keeson Bell led Clovis Christian (2-3) with 19 points, while junior Ross Miller and sophomore Dylan Otero chipped in 13 apiece.
Girls consolation semifinals
Plains 51, Bovina 37 — Senior guard Lauren Davis had four 3-pointers and 14 points to lift the Cowgirls (9-4) into today’s fifth-place contest. Bovina got 12 points from Daniela Flores.
Arbor Academy 52, Clovis Christian 43 — Arbor Academy dominated the first and third quarters and got past the Lady Eagles behind 17 points from senior post Jessica Lapp, leading three players in double figures.
Junior post Jennifer Schaap led all scorers with 20 points for CCS (1-4), while junior guard-forward Lauren Douma chipped in 10 points.
Dora boys win — The Dora Coyotes (4-2) advance to the consolation championship of the Tularosa Classic basketball tournament Friday afternoon with a 61-42 victory over Dexter.
The Coyotes outscored the Demons 21-3 in the second quarter for a 16-point halftime cushion.
“We finally got some stops defensively and got our offense going in those closing minutes of the first quarter,” Coyotes coach Ty Thatcher said. “We kept the offense going in the second quarter.”
Senior Sadler Hair led all scorers with 22 points, followed by junior Kyler Smith with 13 points.
The Coyotes meet Santa Rosa in today’s final round.
Floyd girls to play for title — The Floyd Lady Broncos advanced to the championship of the Mountain Top tournament in Cloudcroft with a 62-17 blowout of Reserve on Friday. Floyd plays Animas tonight for the championship.
Sophomore Elena Mendoza led the Lady Broncos with 17 points, while Veronica Mendoza added 8 points.
“We had nine of our 10 girls score,” Floyd coach Adam Terry said. “As you can see, they all got into it. They got after them hard. They did just what they were supposed to do. They executed everything, they didn’t let down.”