Early quarter hurts Tucumcari ladies

William Thompson

The Tucumcari girls’ varsity did not get on track until the second quarter as the Lady Jackets breezed to a 67-32 victory Friday at Clayton. No Lady Rattler found the net in the first period until Amber Martin hit a free throw with one minute remaining. By then, Clayton had already scored 26 points. Clayton headed into the second period leading 32 -1.

The Clayton team hit just about every shot they tried during the first quarter. It seemed that every name listed in Clayton’s roster found its way into the scoring column. The Lady Rattlers could have given up after the first quarter, but they somehow found a way to regain the self-respect they deserve after such a tough season.

Tucumcari scored 17 points in the second period. Amanda Tapia hit a basket and two free throws. Amber Martin hit some shots including a three pointer. Jamie Jones scored on a put back. Clayton, however, scored 23 points in the second quarter . The first half totals were grim news for Lady Rattler fans. Clayton was up 55-18. Tucumcari didn’t score again until the five-minute mark in the third quarter, but the Lady Rattler defense was formidable as Clayton could only manage three points during the entire third period.

Lady Rattler fans may have wished that the Rattler defense had shown up a little earlier in the game.
Tucumcari played Clayton evenly during the fourth quarter. Each team scored eleven points, Amber Martin and Jamie Jones hit baskets in the final period. Amanda Tapia hit a free throw. Brittany Borders, with less than one minute remaining, hit a three pointer. Perhaps that three pointer may portend good things to come for Lady Rattler fans in the future.

Clayt: 32 55 58 67
Tcum: 1 18 21 32
Individual Scoring
Tucumcari: Jamie Jones 8, Amanda Tapia 8, Jennifer Maestas 2, Erin Kirksey 2, Amber Martin 9, Brittany Borders 3.
Clayton: Felicia Sanchez 11, Lindsey Fluhman 12, Kimberly Trujillo 6, Nyla McNaughton 6, Krista Simpson 6, Talisha Franz 11, Chey Alsup 2, Brittany Trujillo 1.