By Dave Wagner
The Staff of The News 

FRIDAY PREPS: Texico girls keep rolling


Last updated 2/25/2023 at 12:25pm

Gwyn Del Toro

Texico players celebrate their District 6-2A girls tournament championship after Friday's 36-26 victory over Clayton.

TEXICO – Texico's girls have come a long way since mid-January, when they were saddled with a 6-12 record.

Since then, the Lady Wolverines have won seven of eight, capturing the District 6-2A regular-season title and adding the district tournament crown to that on Friday night with a 36-26 win over Clayton.

Now, they'll wait and see where they land in the 16-team Class 2A state tournament pairings, which will be released today by the New Mexico Activities Association.

After going nearly the entire first quarter without a field goal, Texico (13-13) took control late in the second stanza and pulled away from there against the Lady Yellowjackets (20-8).

"They really made us work for this," Lady Wolverines sophomore Adalyn Autrey said. "They had to play three games this week (to get to the finals), but our girls worked their tails off tonight."

Texico trailed 4-1 before freshman Kinzie Crow hit a baseline shot with 15 seconds left in the first period. Leading 13-10 at halftime, the Lady Wolverines outscored Clayton 11-3 in the third segment before a 6-0 run made it 30-15 with five minutes left in the game.

"We were trying to find a rhythm after Christmas," Texico coach Jaylyn Cook said after her squad reached the .500 mark for the first time since they were 2-2 in early December. "It took us a while, but we're thankful we have everybody back. Hopefully, everybody can stay healthy."

Autrey finished with nine points for Texico. Junior Emersen Beiland paced the Lady Yellowjackets with eight points, including 6-of-6 free throws.

"We did really good on defense tonight," Autrey said. "I'm really proud of our girls."

In a Texas boys area round game on Friday night:

Farwell 62, Wellington 45 – At Amarillo Caprock H.S., the Steers erased a one-point halftime deficit by outscoring the Skyrockets 19-8 in the third period. Farwell (27-4), which is ranked sixth in 2A by MaxPreps, advanced to a 6 p.m. (CST) regional quarterfinal game at Dimmitt on Tuesday against No. 4 Floydada (33-5).

Junior Corey Stancell had two 3-pointers and 11 of his game-high 19 points in the third quarter for Farwell, while seniors Alec Actkinson and Adrian Nunez followed with 13 and 12, respectively. Farwell, which had 13 first-half turnovers, cut that number to four over the final two cantos.

For Wellington (22-5), which saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end, senior Jordan Nation scored 12 points and junior Carson Tarver finished with 10.

In other area girls games on Friday:

Melrose 49, Fort Sumner 45 – The Lady Buffs, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, added a District 6-1A tournament title to their regular-season crown by holding off the Vixens at Melrose.

Melrose (24-1), which has won 18 in a row, erased a six-point halftime deficit by outscoring Fort Sumner 20-7 in the third stanza. Seniors Isabelle Sena (17) and Sorrell Allen (13) combined for 30 points, with Allen getting 11 of hers in the second half.

Fort Sumner (18-9) did most of its damage on 10 3-point baskets. Senior Olivia Lucero had five of them, and finished with a game-high 21 points.

Dora 49, Gateway Christian 27 – At Dora, the Lady Coyotes (18-9) also completed a regular-season and tournament sweep in District 4-1A, outscoring the Roswell-based Lady Warriors 11-3 in the second quarter for an 11-point halftime advantage.

Junior Faith Jasso scored 15 points to lead Dora while senior Jenna Ramirez and junior Bre'Ann Rodriguez each chipped in 10. For Gateway (7-13), sophomore Allyssa Fox tallied 11 points and sophomore Kimber Balok had nine.


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