By TV Hagenah
The first round of the 2003 edition of the Route 66 Holiday Basketball Tournament is history and both the boys’ and girls’ varsity squads of Tucumcari are alive and well and in the winner’s bracket.
In their Thursday evening game, the Tucumcari Rattlers dominated their first round Elida opponents outscoring and out rebounding the smaller and younger Elida squad 71-24. At no point did the Elida team ever threaten the Rattler’s domination of the game or for that matter even make a run on the hometown boys.
“They’ve (Elida) has a very young team this year and they’ve got heart but they are a couple of years away from really contending,” said Tucumcari basketball coach John Span. “I was a bit worried that our boys would play down to their competition and I suppose it is inevitable but we came out of it with the win. I’m happy about that.”
Elida 8 8 4 4 =24
Tucumcari 22 25 19 5=71
Tucumcari: Matt Braziel 5, Nick Wiegel 4, Nemie Salvador 11, Larry Roybal 6, Joseph Aragon 19, Chris McCasland 5, Harsh Patel 9, Ray Johnson 1, Felimon Chavez 2, Justin Galvan 7, Robert Garcia 2.
Elida: Blaine Bumguardner 4, Thomas West 5, Trenton Chenault 4, Shay Daugherty 3, Wesley Gilmore 6, Cade Widner 2.
The Tucumcari girls have returned to their winning path after dropping a couple of hard fought battles to a combination of opposing basketball teams and influenza.
It was clear Thursday evening, however, that the Lady Rattlers were back on track as they overcame their Lake Arthur opponents 44-68.
“I saw some very good things tonight,” said Tucumcari head coach Alicia Trujillo about the first round win over Lake Arthur. “I’m seeing some nice progress. We’re getting to where we need to be.
Among other things that Trujillo saw was a successful use of the full-court press, and some of her girls taking shots when they were open to do so.
Lake Arthur 9 9 13 13=44
Tucumcari 10 16 21 21=68
Tucumcari: Jocelyn Debord 3, Nikki Newman 8, Whitney Spinks 12, Shay Rigdon 2, Josette Rey 2, Amanda Tapia 13, Erin Kinksey 6, Brittany Border 9, Jamie Jones 7, Samantha Monano 3.
Lake Arthur: Evelyn Saiz 5, Amanda Saiz 8, Eloisa Villa 4, Lisa Parras 2, Jen Chauarria 15, Erika Amaiga 10.
Other games – boys
Floyd 77- Tucumcari Junior Varsity 55.
Floyd took an early lead and did not give it up and while the junior varsity Rattlers made a number of runs at the Floyd team it was never quite enough as the Floyd team kept expanding its lead.
Floyd 26 19 16 16=77
Tucum-JV 12 14 15 14=55
Questa 84- Fort Sumner 65
The highly rated Questa team took a firm grasp of the ball game in the first period and clearly did not want to give it up to Fort Sumner squad while Fort Sumner made runs in the second and final quarter it was clearly Questa’s contest.
Fort Sumner 13 21 12 19=65
Questa 25 25 20 14=84
Menaul 69- Lake Arthur 53
An early lead and intense play on the part of Menaul kept them in front in the game despite repeated attempts on the part of Lake Arthur to narrow the gaps between the two teams.
Menaul 26 15 17 11=69
Lake Arthur 12 14 9 18=53
Other games – girls
Raton 35- Floyd 44
It was a hard fought and foul filled battle between the two rivals with the lead changing hands a number of times and the final quarter and key players being in foul trouble proved to be two of the deciding factors.
Raton 5 10 13 7
Floyd 12 5 14 13
Menaul 27- Elida 51
The Elida girls were so hot that they shut out their Menaul opponents in the first quarter and only allowed single digit scoring in the next two quarters. It was only in the final period that Menaul scored in double figures.
Menaul 0 8 6 13=27
Elida 15 14 11 11=51