Texico High’s Brooke Baily spikes the ball in a 3-0 win over Penasco at the state tournament in Albuquerque on Thursday. Texico advances to the semi-finals with the win.
By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER
ALBUQUERQUE — Texico struggled the entire match, but was tough at the end of each game and posted a 26-24, 28-26, 25-22 win over Penasco on Thursday in a Class 2A quarterfinal match.
The Lady Wolverines (20-3) play Mesilla Valley today in the semifinals.
“I told the girls, ‘When we’re here there’s no bad teams. Some are better than others, but there’s no bad ones,’” Texico coach Mike Littlejohn said. “We had to play from behind all day long, but an ugly win is still a win.”
The Lady Panthers (16-5) were on the verge of squaring the match, leading 24-20 in the second game. However, Texico scored the next five points and finished the game on an 8-2 run.
The Lady Wolverines opened a 21-16 lead in the third game, only to see Penasco battle back to tie it 21-21 on a kill by senior Kim Martinez.
But two attack errors by the Lady Panthers followed and Texico never relinquished the lead, ending it when freshman Katlin Luscombe pounded down a Penasco overpass on match point.
Luscombe and fellow freshman Victoria Richards each had six kills in the win, and Luscombe was also credited with five blocks.
Littlejohn said Penasco played much better than it did in Wednesday’s pool play.
“They made some great plays,” he said. “They were hustling and scrapping. I don’t think we overlooked them, but they definitely played better today than in pool.”