Clayton eliminates Lady Wolverines

Texico senior Jazzi Walls drives to the basket during Wednesday’s District 6-2A tournament game at Texico Sports Arena. CNJ photo by Rick White.

By Rick White

Clayton spurted in the second half while Texico sputtered.

The first run gave the Yellowjackets the lead for good. The second run put the game away as Clayton upset second-ranked Texico 61-48 in the semifinals of the District 6-2A girls basketball tournament Wednesday at Texico Sports Arena.

Texico swept Clayton during the district regular season, but couldn’t keep up with the third-seeded Yellowjackets in the second half.

Mindi Roberts scored 14 points and Jazzi Walls added 11 for the Lady Wolverines, who failed to qualify for regionals for a second year in a row after winning three state titles from 1999-2001. Texico finished the season at 20-7.

“It just wasn’t our night,” Texico coach Buddy Little said. “Not to take anything away from Clayton, because they played well.”

Senior guard Samantha Gutierrez fueled the game-deciding 9-0 run during a 1 1/2 minute span of the fourth quarter with a layup and a corner 3-pointer that gave Clayton a 50-38 lead. All the points came following Texico turnovers.

“They had the huge spurt in the fourth quarter and we just couldn’t get the momentum back,” Little said.

Nyla McNaghten converted six straight free throws for Clayton (17-11) in the final 2:29 to foil any hopes of a Texico comeback after the Lady Wolverines were forced to foul.
Gutierrez finished with a game-high 17 points.

Boys
Texico 70, Tucumcari 51 —
At Texico, the third-seeded Wolverines shrugged off the bad luck of losing a coin toss after finishing in a three-way tie for first during the regular season with an easy win in District 6-2A play.

Johnny Rivera scored 14 points, including two 3-pointers late in the first quarter to give Texico (20-5) the lead for good, and Logan Brown added 12 points. The Wolverines outscored Tucumcari 38-14 in the second and third quarters to take command of the game.

“In the second quarter we started getting the ball inside and then in the third we came out and really executed well,” Texico coach Rich Luscombe said. “That allowed us to rest a little in the fourth quarter.”

The Wolverines play today at No. 2 Santa Rosa in the semifinals. Texico beat Santa Rosa 70-35 in the regular-season finale to earn a share of the regular-season title.

Fort Sumner 61, Vaughn 19 — At Fort Sumner, waiting a day to play didn’t seem to bother Stephen Gallegos and the Foxes.

Gallegos led a balanced attack with 17 points and Tim Segura added 11 as the No. 4 Foxes (13-14) pummeled outmanned Vaughan in the opening round of the District 3-1A tournament.

The game was postponed a day because of Tuesday’s snow.

Eddie Guerrero and Chris Matson led Vaughn with six points each.

Girls
Melrose 46, Dora 44 —
Freshman Jamie Dickerman, subbing for senior Allison Cochran at the free throw line, hit two free throws with 17 seconds left to lift the Lady Buffaloes to victory in District 3-1A.

Cochran was fouled as she grabbed a defensive rebound and hit her head as she fell to the floor. Melrose coach Sheila Roberts said her status for tonight’s semifinal game at second-seeded Elida was unknown.

Junior Audrey Hemminger scored 13 points for the Lady Buffs (14-14). D’Shawn Pettigrew scored 10 points for the Lady Coyotes.

Boys
Texico 70, Tucumcari 51
Tucumcari —
Nick Weigel 3 3-4 9, Nemi Salvador 1 1-4 3, Larry Roybal 0 2-3 2, Joseph Aragon 1 0-0 2, Chris McCasland 5 5-6 18, Josh Benavides 1 0-0 2, Robert Garcia 0 2-2 2, Felimon Chavez 2 2-3 6, Justin Galvan 0 0-0 0, Drew White 3 1-4 7, Matt Braziel 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 16-28 51.
Texico (20-5) — Joe Zaikowski 2 0-0 4, Curtis Williams 0 0-0 0, Braden Vaughan 4 0-0 8, Johnny Rivera 6 0-0 14, Mark Peabody 3 1-1 7, Josh pena 2 0-0 5, Garett Mayfield 2 0-0 4, Aaron Vaughan 2 0-0 5 Logan Brown 5 1-2 12, Ricky Barnes 1 0-0 2, Bryce Bailey 4 1-4 9, Chance Bradley 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 3-7 70.
Tucumcari 15 6 8 22 — 51
Texico 17 19 19 15 — 70
3-pointers — Tucumcari, McCasland 3. Texico, Rivera 2, Pena, Brown, A. Vaughan.

District 3-1A
Fort Sumner 61, Vaughn 19
Vaughn —
Richie Guerrero 2 0-0 4, Mike Duran 1 0-0 2, Eddie Guerrero 2 0-0 6, Chris Matson 3 1-6 7. Totals 8 1-5 19.
Fort Sumner (13-14) — Stephen Gallegos 7 3-3 17, Ryan Fikany 4 1-1 9, Byron Wilson 0 1-2 1, Derek Dimitroff 1 4-6 6, Jameson West 0 1-3 1, Tim Segura 4 3-4 11, John Sena 3 1-2 7, Gerid Higgins 3 1-2 7, Brenton Williamson 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 15-23 61.
Vaughn 10 7 2 0 — 19
Fort Sumner 20 22 13 7 — 61
3-pointers — Vaughn E. Guerrero 2.

Girls
Clayton 61, Texico 48
Clayton (17-11) —
Felicia Sanchez 2 2-2 6, Lindsey Fluhman 0 2-2 2, Kimberly Trujillo 3 1-2 7, Nyla McNaghten 2 9-11 13, Krista Simpson 6 2-2 14, Samantha Gutierrez 6 4-8 17, Talisha Franz 1 0-2 2, Chey Alsup 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 20-29 61.
Texico (20-7) — Lauren Boazman 2 3-5 7, Mindi Roberts 4 5-7 14, Amber Palmer 3 0-2 6, Jazzi Walls 5 1-4 11, Brette Hadley 1 0-0 3, Brittany Anderson 0 0-0 0, Lori Richardson 0 0-0 0, Sissy Loper 1 3-4 5, Ashley Smith 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 12-22 48.
Clayton 11 10 16 24 — 61
Texico 13 11 10 14 — 48
3-pointers — Clayton, Gutierrez. Texico, Roberts, Hadley.

District 3-1A
Melrose 46, Dora 44
Dora —
Ryan Morrow 1 0-0 2, D’Shawn Pettigrew 2 4-7 10, Jena Bilberry 2 2-4 7, Allison Field 2 0-0 4, Jaci Sant 2 1-1 5, Rana Terry 1 1-2 3, Kassansdra Clark 4 4-6 13. Totals 14 12-20 44.
Melrose (14-14) — Zanessa Dodd 1 0-0 2, Schuyler Cochran 3 2-2 8, Allison Cochran 3 2-2 8, Audrey Hemminger 4 5-11 13, Kelly Fish 1 2-3 4, Jessica Hail 4 1-6 9, Jamie Dickerman 0 2-2 2. Totals 16 14-26 46.
Dora 10 12 11 11 — 44
Melrose 7 12 15 12 — 46
3-pointers — Dora, Pettigrew 2, Bilberry, Clark. Melrose, none.