* The Melrose Lady Buffs didn’t put together much offense Tuesday night, but they didn’t need it against District 3-1A leader Fort Sumner.
Senior Zanessa Dodd accounted for most of it, scoring 14 points to lift Melrose to a 24-19 District 3-1A win at Fort Sumner. The Lady Buffs (13-8, 2-2 district) blanked the Vixens (12-6, 4-1) in the first quarter and held them to just five field goals in the game.
Kaylynn Johnson and DeLane Luce scored five points each for Fort Sumner.
* Freshman Jocelyn Swann, fouled as time expired, converted the first of two free throws to give Clovis Christian a 38-37 victory over Hart at the CCS gym.
The teams battled on even terms throughout the game. Swann, freshman Rachel Herman and sophomore Jennifer Schaap each scored 10 points for CCS (14-8), with Herman getting all of hers after halftime.
“They’re a scrappy little bunch,” CCS coach Max Kralicek said of the Lady Longhorns (4-21). “We missed a lot of layups and free throws tonight.
“Rachel Herman saved our lunch tonight.”
Samantha Menchacha led Hart with nine points.
* Texico also struggled to score, but a 14-point first quarter held up just enough for a 27-22 District 6-2A win over Santa Rosa at Texico.
Junior Faith Martin knocked down four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the Lady Wolverines (18-4, 3-0). The Lady Lions (8-12, 1-2) were led by six points from Brittney Moncayo.
* Muleshoe battled District 2-2A leader Friona tough for a half, but the Squaws pulled away to a 60-50 victory at Muleshoe.
Senior Shayli Reed led Friona (21-10, 12-0) with 14 points, while senior Staci Murphree added 10. The Squaws outscored Muleshoe 22-16 in the third quarter to break open a tie game.
Senior guard Kate Lepard had two 3-pointers and 16 points for the Lady Mules (17-12, 8-4). Muleshoe begins its Class 2A playoff bid with a bi-district game against Panhandle on either Monday or Tuesday in the Canyon area, coach Shana Simms said.
* Springlake-Earth knocked down 14 3-pointers, spread among six players, and notched an 88-54 victory at Bovina in a District 2-2A matchup.
The Lady Wolverines (23-8, 6-4) opened a 23-6 lead at the quarter. Senior Jessica Bachicha scored 23 points for the Fillies (11-15, 2-8).
* Texico couldn’t get its offense going in the first half Tuesday night, but Wolverines coach Richard Luscombe wasn’t particularly concerned.
“The mistakes we made were correctible,” Luscombe said of his team’s 13-12 lead over Santa Rosa in a District 6-2A game at Texico. “We really came out in the third quarter and did a good job of executing our offense.”
The Wolverines (19-3, 3-0) outscored the Lions 17-7 in the third period and maintained their district lead with a 39-31 victory. Juniors Daniel Schueler and Courtland Luscombe paced Texico with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Daniel Zamora had three 3-pointers and 13 points for Santa Rosa (14-6, 2-1), which made Texico work hard.
“They’re by far the best defensive team we’ve played this year,” coach Luscombe said.
* Senior guard Jeremy Vazquez scored 20 points, including three 3-pointers, to help Bovina to a 50-35 win over last-place Springlake-Earth at Bovina, keeping the Mustangs (12-9, 7-2) in second place behind Sudan.
Bovina opened a 10-point halftime lead by posting a 14-4 margin over the Hornets (1-24, 0-9) in the second quarter.
* Senior forward Dustin Barker scored 17 points and junior guard Garrett Riley added 10 as Muleshoe upset District 2-2A leader Friona 48-42 at Muleshoe.
The Chieftains (18-9, 9-2) led 23-21 at halftime, but the Mules (14-10, 5-5) moved in front with a 16-11 scoring advantage in the third stanza keyed by Barker’s nine points.
* In a non-district game at Clovis Christian, Hart (15-11) overcame an eight-point deficit after three quarters to slip past the Eagles 76-70 in overtime.
Senior Will Genitski led CCS (13-9) with 18 points, while senior Ryan Boatman scored 11.
* Sophomore Berry Stinnett scored 18 points to help Fort Sumner to a 67-41 District 3-1A win over Melrose at Fort Sumner.
No one else reached double figures for the Foxes (8-11, 3-2), but seven other players finished between five and eight points. For the Buffaloes (2-19, 0-4), senior Eric Walker had two 3-pointers and 10 points.
— Compiled by CNJ staff