Lady Mules advance to regional finals

CNJ staff

LUBBOCK — Muleshoe girls coach Shana Simms said her team just would not die.

Despite trailing 12-0 to start the game, the Lady Mules fought back to beat Pilot Point 59-51 in the Class 3A Regional Quarterfinals.

As been the custom this season, the Lady Mules had a furious fourth quarter, outscoring Pilot Point by 10 points as the Lady Mules’ pressure man-to-man defense finally took its toll.

“These kids really believe the magic of that fourth quarter,” Simms said. They just don’t want to quit playing basketball. It’s nothing stat-wise, it’s true heart.”

Muleshoe’s Kasey Wood nailed three 3-pointers and scored 14 points in the fourth quarter.

“They were huge to say the least,” Simms said.

Simms said Kelsey Friskup kept Muleshoe in the game in the first three quarters, as she scored 17 of her 19 points before the fourth quarter.

The Lady Mules will play annual power Canyon in the regional finals at 10 a.m. (MST) Saturday at United Spirit Arena. The Lady Eagles eliminated the Lady Mules in the regional finals last year.

If Muleshoe wins, they’d qualify for the State Tournament in Austin, a 465-drive from Muleshoe.

“Oh, but it’d be a great drive,” Simms said. “It’d be wonderful.”

Shots don’t fall as Texico falls at Santa Rosa
SANTA ROSA — Free throws were pretty costly for the Texico girls Friday night.

The Lady Wolverines made of 13-29 as they fell to Santa Rosa 51-48 in the District 6-2A Tournament final.

Besides free throws, Texico coach Buddy Little said his team also missed numerous shots from inside 10 feet of the hoop.

Lady Wolverine Brette Hadley scored 15 points, while Ashley Kidd was right behind with 14.

Texico will return to Santa Rosa next Friday for regionals. Their opponent will be determined on Saturday.

Lady Vixens roll in 3-1A title game
FORT SUMNER — It was closer than the first three matchups, but the Fort Sumner girls still cruised by Melrose 61-43 in the District 3-1A Tournament Championship.

“We played well at times, but we had lapses at times and against teams like Fort Sumner, if you have a two-minute lapse, it costs you about 12 points,” Melrose coach Jason Lee said.

Lee said his team defended the Vixens pretty well in the halfcourt, but when his team made mistakes against Fort Sumner’s different pressure defenses, the Vixens usually turned them into layups.

Sandy Fortner had a game-high 25 points for top-ranked Fort Sumner (26-0).

Audrey Hemminger paced the Lady Buffs (13-15) with 18 points.

Lee said his team played smarter and with more patience than in the teams’ first matchups this season. The Vixens had beaten the Lady Buffaloes by an average of 32 points in two regular season district games and at EPAC.

Both teams travel to Des Moines on Friday for Class 1A Region A play. Fort Sumner will take on Cimarron while Melrose plays the host Lady Demons.