Youthful Wolverines take on Pecos

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer

The Texico Wolverines entered the season with little experience.

However, juniors Courtland Luscombe, the team’s leading scorer at 18 points per game, Daniel Schueler and Josh Murray stepped up for the fourth-seeded Wolverines, who face No. 5 Pecos (15-8) today in the Class 2A state quarterfinals at the Santa Ana Star Center.

“We’re just all a lot closer this year,” Schueler said. “We know where each other is going to be.”

Veteran coach Richard Luscombe said Pecos’ strong suit is quickness, and likened the Panthers to teams such as the Wolverines’ district opponents, Santa Rosa and Clayton.

“They don’t have a lot of height, but they can get up and down the court real well,” Luscombe said. “I think the key is making sure the tempo stays in our favor. We’re going to try and get the ball down inside first.”

Schueler attributes the Wolverines’ return to the playoffs to determination.

“We’re dedicated. I mean, when we stick our heads together we get it done,” Schueler said.

Coach Luscombe said his team is going to have to handle Pecos’ full-court pressure to advance.

“Sometimes we do great with it, and sometimes we don’t,” he said. “We have kids that have some experience, but not playoff experience.”