Wednesday EPAC roundup: Eagles give Texico challenge
January 12, 2020
MELROSE — For a while on Wednesday, Texico’s bid for a possible fifth consecutive EPAC girls championship looked like it might end almost before it began.
Fifth-seeded Clovis Christian jumped on top 12-2 early and kept the game close most of the way, but the fourth-seeded Lady Wolverines began to take control in the third quarter en route to a 46-39 victory, advancing to Friday’s semifinals at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena in Portales.
Junior Rachel Phipps hit a pair of 3-pointers as Texico outscored the Lady Eagles 15-8 in the third period to extend a one-point halftime lead. Seniors Ashley Hill and Melissa Lewallen chipped in 12 and 11, respectively, for the Lady Wolverines.
Junior Lola DeGroot scored 15 points for CCS.
In other first-round girls action:
No. 8 Dora 61, No. 9 Floyd 49 — The Lady Coyotes erupted for 28 points the fourth quarter — 17 by senior Randi Crandall — to erase a six-point deficit.
Crandall finished with 24 points for Dora, while senior Makayla Burnett added 10. Senior Anahi Chavez paced the Lady Broncos with 15 points, and freshman Catelyn Breshears scored 12.
No. 3 Fort Sumner 54, No. 6 Grady 21 — The Vixens limited Grady to six points over the middle two stanzas to build an insurmountable advantage. Sophomore Megan Oberg scored nine of her team-high 12 points in the opening period for Fort Sumner, while four others had six or more points.
Junior Teryn Foote and freshman Hannah Loudermill collected six points apiece for the Lady Bronchos.
No. 7 Tatum 64, No. 10 Elida 34 — Senior Taylor Graham and freshman Kylie West scored eight points each in the opening period as the Lady Coyotes got out to a 21-6 lead. Graham and freshman Clara Jimenez finished with 12 points each for Tatum, with Jimenez scoring all of hers after halftime, including a trio of 3-pointers.
Junior Tiffany Ortega had 18 points for the Lady Tigers, including three 3-pointers.
In first-round boys games:
No. 3 Melrose 67, No. 6 Grady 50 — Senior Tristan Sena and junior Tate Sorgen scored 19 points each and the host Buffaloes used a fast start to reach Friday’s semifinal round.
Melrose scored 22 points in each of the first two periods, then played the Bronchos evenly over the final two stanzas. Senior Chisum Rush tallied 19 points for Grady, while sophomore Dustin Bryant added 10.
No. 8 Tatum 73, No. 9 Clovis Christian 63 — Senior Sebastian Jimenez scored 27 points and sophomore Hayden Mullins added 14 for the Coyotes, combining for three 3-pointers and 15 points in the opening canto to help Tatum get out to a 28-18 lead over the Eagles.
Junior Tyler Lingnau scored 18 points, freshman Noah Gershon 13 and junior Dawson Teune 12 for CCS.
No. 7 Dora 59, No. 10 Floyd 30 — Sophomore Cache Skelley scored 12 of his 23 points in the third quarter, including three 3-pointers, and the Coyotes steadily pulled away from the Broncos.
Seniors Joe Urioste and Haiden Padgett added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for Dora. Top scorer for Floyd was junior Eric Terry with nine points.
No. 4 Logan 68, No. 5 Fort Sumner 54 — Junior Dante Sanchez had four 3-pointers and scored 11 of his 25 points in the opening quarter while junior Wyatt Wright tallied 11 of his 22 in the final stanza to help the Longhorns pull away and advance to Friday’s semis. The teams combined for 17 3-point baskets, including nine by Logan.
Junior Kane Burney led the Foxes with 24 points and junior Chance Drake added 15. Burney collected four treys in the game, and Drake had three.