Holiday tournament summaries

CNJ staff

Boys
Tuesday
Rio Rancho 69, Valley 68

The Rams earned another spot in the championship of the tournament by consistently holding leads of around 10 points until a late Vikings run shaved the final deficit to one.

Rio Rancho (7-4) was led by senior Chris Williams (26 points) and freshman brother Marcus Williams (12).

Eric Concini, who missed a 3-pointer to tie in the closing seconds, paced Valley (8-2) with 16 points.

Lovington 91, Keene 60
Lovington outscored Keene 61-31 in the second half for a blowout win that was close going into halftime.

Jared Swenson scored 27 points while Ryan Hargrove scored all his 25 points in the second half while hitting five 3-pointers for Lovington (7-2).

Joe Meyers and had 13 points and Kendell Howel 12 for Keene (8-8).

Abilene Cooper 51, Tascosa 43
Ryan Harp scored 18 points as Abilene Cooper (7-9) made a 10-point first quarter lead stand up in a 51-43 win over Tascosa.

Girls
Abilene Cooper 46, Gadsden 39

Ashley Brown hit 12 of 14 free throws on her way to 17 points as Cooper (11-7) held off Gadsden.

Eddi Anaya led Gadsden (2-8) with 16 points and made eight of nine free throws.

Farmington 56, Carlsbad 49
Randi Grimes scored 19 points, leading Farmington (6-4) to the 56-49 win.

Carolyn Smith hit seven 3-pointers and scored 30 points for Carlsbad (9-3).

Rio Rancho 51, Portales 25
Rio Rancho (10-2) hounded the Lady Rams from start to finish, forcing Portales into more turnovers (31) than shots (25) and rolling to a 51-25 victory in the championship semifinals of the Plateau Holiday Classic.

While they struggled all game long, the Lady Rams (5-6) had a particularly hard time in the first three quarters when they committed 27 turnovers while managing only three field goals.