Katlin Luscombe scored 16 points and Texico put the defensive clamps on visiting Tularosa in the second half en route to a 47-31 win in a first-round game of the Class 2A girls state tournament in Texico.
Bryn Mayfield, Victoria Richards and Amanda Bass added seven points each for the District 6-2A champion Lady Wolverines.
“It started off slowly, but the girls did whatever they could to get the win,” Texico coach Keith Durham said.
Stephanie Guzman led Tularosa (15-11) with 10 points.
Friday’s eight first-round winners will be seeded Sunday.
Up 22-18 at halftime, Texico (24-4) held the Wildcats to 13 points over the final two quarters and advanced to next week’s state quarterfinals in Albuquerque.
Cimarron 69, Clovis Christian 34 — At Cimarron, the defending Class 1A state champion Lady Rams made CCS’s first venture into the state tournament a short one.
Angelena Casias scored 22 points and sharp-shooting point guard Whitney Coca added 20 for Cimarron (18-5), which raced to a 37-18 halftime lead.
“They shot the ball well and put a little pressure on us and we lost our composure,” Lady Eagles coach Max Kralicek said. “We felt like if we could keep the game under 50 we could have a chance, but we started out slowly.”
Jennifer Schaap scored 10 points for the District 4-1A runnerup Lady Eagles (18-11).
Fort Sumner 58, Temple Baptist 29 — At Fort Sumner, Laurel Herrera led a balanced attack with 15 points as the Vixens routed shorthanded Temple Baptist in a first-round Class 1A state game.
Alex Owens added 11 points for the District 3-1A champion Vixens (18-8), who jumped out to a 33-16 halftime lead.
Janae Greving scored a game-high 18 points for Temple Baptist (14-11), which was missing three starters due to a conflict with a singing performance at Carnegie Hall.
Herrera’s big night included three of Fort Sumner’s four 3-pointers.