Lady Wolverines smother Logan

Texico’s Stephanie Bailey releases a shot over a Logan defender during the second half of Saturday’s girls basketball matchup in Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth)

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer

TEXICO — When the Logan Lady Longhorns came out in a 1-2-2 zone on Saturday night, Texico girls basketball coach Keith Durham was a bit concerned.

He needn’t have been worried. In fact, it was the Lady Longhorns who had a tough time, managing only four field goals in the contest as Texico cruised to a 60-20 victory.

Senior Stephanie Bailey scored 20 points and sophomore Faith Martin added 14 for Texico (7-3), which blew the game open with a 12-0 run at the start and a 15-0 run in the second quarter.

Martin collected four 3-pointers in the game, including two in Texico’s game-opening charge.

“It wasn’t hard to get a shot,” Martin said. “At the beginning of the game I was a little worried because we were kind of sloppy, but then we all kind of relaxed after we got ahead.”

Durham said the Lady Wolverines appear to be coming into their own, at least in part because their bench players are able to push the starters in practice.

“Our subs go out and work hard every day,” he said.

Logan didn’t get on the board until guard Tiffany Hankins hit a pair of free throws with 4:29 left in the opening quarter. Then, with the score 19-10, Texico went on its second long run spanning more than six minutes of the second period.

Bailey was on the receiving end of some good feeds from teammates and converted five field goals in the second period, including several medium-range jumpers.

The 35-point, running-clock mercy rule went into effect late in the third quarter. Texico’s starters did not play at all in the final period.

“We passed the ball really well,” Durham said. “We got Stephanie some good open looks. And our defense it taking (opponents) out of their offense.”

Junior Brittany Cox led Logan (2-6) with six points, including two of the team’s four field goals. The Texico defense harassed the Lady Longhorns into 29 turnovers, all but four coming in the first three quarters.