— Farwell spent most of Friday night trying to crawl back to even after falling behind early against Morton. The Steers never got control and lost 58-52.
“The first quarter killed us,” Farwell coach Clint Conkin said. “They came out and were hitting everything. We had open looks — we had about four open layups — and just missed them.”
The Indians outscored Farwell 16-7 in the opening frame.
“We’d cut it to three or four, then they’d put it back to 10,” Conkin said.
Farwell senior Ty Gast scored a game-high 18 for the Steers (8-14, 0-2 District 4-1A).
“He didn’t even score in the first quarter, but then he came alive,” Conkin said.
— Melrose nabbed a 49-31 win at Grady by playing a dominant second half.
The Bronchos pulled to 22-20 at the end of the half, but the Buffaloes outscored Grady 27-11 from there to take the win.
Senior Carlos Ruiz had 16 points and senior Tyler Tatum added four 3-pointers and 14 points for the Buffs (8-5). No one reached double figures for the Bronchos (6-8).
“We made a run at the end of the second quarter,” Grady coach Jim Kneipp said. “But we came out in the second half and let them score about 10 points in a row. It was a long night.”
— In a game featuring 22 3-point baskets, the Brownfield Cubs notched a 73-61 victory over Muleshoe in a District 3-2A matchup.
Trevor Turnbow had five 3-pointers and 23 points for the Mules, including 12 points to help Muleshoe slice a 14-point halftime deficit to 53-47 by the end of the third period.
Fourteen of Brownfield’s 26 field goals in the game were 3-pointers.
— At Floyd, the Broncos’ Kyle Kropf scored 10 of his 17 points from the free throw line in Broncos’ 61-45 against Mountainair.
“He penetrates real well,” Floyd coach Rafeal Roybal said. “And he does a good job at the free throw line.”
The Broncos (6-9) pulled away in the second half, outscoring Mountainair 35-22.
“We did a decent job in the second half,” Roybal said. “We played a little better defense and they cooled off.”
‚— The Farwell Lady Blue got their first District 4-1A win on Friday, but coach Doug Boyd was somewhat underwhelmed with his team’s effort in a 44-37 victory over Morton.
“It was one of our worst games all year,” Boyd said. “It was not much fun to sit on the bench and watch that one. We should have beaten that team by 30.”
Bea Garcia paced the Lady Blue (9-12, 1-1 district) with 12 points, including three 3-pointers.
On Tuesday, Farwell managed only 15 points in a loss to Sudan. Boyd said his team has to play better than it has in the past two games.
“There’s no excuse for scoring 15 points on the varsity level,” he said. “We’re going to have to practice harder and get more confident shooting the ball. Our focus is lacking right now.”
— Grady rode a 17-point second quarter to climb ahead of Melrose and hang on for a 46-34 win.
Heather Blackburn scored 16 for the Lady Bronchos (6-8), eight coming in the second period.
Schuyler Cochran and Lauren Widner paced the Lady Buff (5-9), each scoring eight points.
— The Floyd Lady Broncos jumped out to a quick start and blew out Mountainair 62-28.
The Lady Broncos (7-6) started the game on a 23-6 run.
“We came out and were trying to put pressure on them,” Floyd coach Cody May said. “We jumped out to a 16-2 lead by creating turnovers.”
Darcee Chenault led a balanced scoring attack for Floyd with 17 points, and Blair Jaramillo followed with 10.
“We came out with different types of presses to get ready for district,” May said.
May said his squad flourishes off of an up-tempo style of game and uses its quickness to its advantage.