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Three down, possibly two to go for Logan, Melrose

 

February 9, 2020

Kevin Wilson

Melrose guard Hailey Martin splits the defense of Logan's Karli Webb, left, and Kyndall Ragland on a second-half drive. Martin had a game-high 17 in the 51-49 defeat.

By Kevin Wilson

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MELROSE - The Melrose and Logan girls basketball teams expect to see each other multiple times between Thursday and the conclusion of the season, and possibly for the Class 1A championship.

But for as much as both teams appreciate and respect the other, they're admittedly tired of seeing each other and crossing one potential meeting off the list was a victory in itself.

With a big fourth quarter from Karli Webb, the visiting Longhorns rallied to claim a 51-49 victory and eliminate any chance of a tiebreaker game in the District 6-1A tournament.

"It's fantastic," Logan coach Glynna Strand said after a fourth quarter that featured three lead changes and two in the final 80 seconds. "It takes a load off of us, honestly. You could have a tiebreaker game, then the district championship, then the tournament. This at least eliminates one of them."

With Webb scoring nine of her team-high 15 in the fourth, the Longhorns (19-3, 5-0) remained perfect in 6-1A play heading into Saturday's homecoming matchup against Clovis Christian, and have accounted for three of Melrose's four losses with Thursday's nailbiter and a pair of seven-point wins at the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference title game and two weeks ago in the first district matchup at Logan. Melrose (15-4, 2-2) also fell to Class 4A Bernalillo in the Alice King Tournament in December, and has won all nine of its contests against non-Logan 1A schools.

Melrose coach Caleb King said "not having to play the same opponent 1,200 times" with the tiebreaker out of the way was some solace after falling in a game both teams had chances to win late.

"They did a good job sagging off of the driving lanes and making us make plays," King said.

Both coaches lamented their free-throw shooting, 15-of-26 for Melrose and 11-of-27 for Logan, which particularly irked Strand since the team held a charity free-throw shooting event earlier in the week and had plenty of practice.

Webb quickly eliminated a 40-36 lead in the fourth, hitting a pair of threes as part of an 8-2 run to start the quarter and then the traditional three-point play on a baseline layup to break a 44-all tie with 5:23 to play.

With Logan up 51-49 in the closing seconds following a three-point play by Jordan Hines, Webb stole an underneath pass. She missed both of the ensuing free throws, and Melrose got a pair of attempts in the final nine seconds by Brette DeVaney and Shannon May that Logan defended just well enough to force misses.

Webb led three Longhorns in double figures, with Kassi Foote and Kyndall Ragland scoring 10 each.

Martin scored 10 of her game-high 17 in the second half, while May added 15.

King lamented not being able to get an early five-point lead stretched out more to make a potential Logan comeback tougher.

"We had Hailey Martin and Nataley (Mondragon) in foul trouble," King said. "It's a hard thing having both of them out. You can't build on a lead."

 
 

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