The Tucumcari High School girls basketball team did something Saturday they failed to do all last season. They put together a two-game winning streak by beating Logan 57-56 at Logan.
The hard-fought game came down to the final six seconds. The Lady Longhorns had to bring the ball all the way up court to hit the winning shot. The Lady Rattlers managed to trap the Logan ball handler at mid court as time ran out.
Rattler Coach Alicia Trujillo said her players did as instructed. “I told them to not let the ball get down court,” said Trujillo. “It feels like we are 100 percent better than last year.”
Logan’s Coach Gary Miller took the loss in stride.
“They (Tucumcari) did a good job of trapping the ball at half court,” said Miller. “I like close games like this one.”
The story within the story was Tucumcari’s Amanda Tapia scoring 30 points. It was the highest point total in the senior’s high school career. “I was feeling like nobody could stop me tonight,” said Tapia.
Nobody did stop Tapia. Ranee Rachor and Delani Hazen led the Longhorn scoring. Rachor had 13 first-half points and Hazen hit a three-pointer to pull the Lady Longhorns within four points at the half., Logan managed to steal some passes and hit some free throws to keep themselves within reach. Logan surged ahead in the third quarter and appeared to have control of the game heading into the final eight minutes. Tapia and Hazen traded threes early in the fourth quarter.
Jamie Jones and Shay Rigdon hit some crucial shots as Tucumcari inched closer. Down by two points with a little over a minute left, Tapia threw a long pass to Whitney Spinks waiting underneath the backboard. Spinks fed to Jones for the tying basket. Tapia was fouled on the next possession and hit two free throws to give Tucumcari the lead. Both teams used the full-court press to good advantage. Logan defenders stymied the Lady Rattlers at times, but the Lady Rattler defenders kept Logan honest as well.
Both coaches had praise for their leading scorers.
“Ranee Rachor has a lot of untapped potential,” said Coach Miller. “Amanda Tapia is a good player,” said Coach Trujillo. “Our players did a good job of getting her the ball tonight.”
Tcum 15 13 13 16 = 57
Logan 6 22 19 9 = 56
Tucumcari: J. Jones 10, W. Spinks 4, A. Tapia 30, S. Montano 2, S. Rigdon 6, R. Banuelos 2, N. Newman 3.
Logan: R. Rachor 23, D. Hazen 16, A. Burns 1, B. Cox 7, S. Oglesby 4, S. Orgass 2, J. Bebout 3.