Rattlers host San Jon with sweep

By Albert Trujillo: QCS

It was a Rattler sweep Friday night in the “Snake Pit,” as the
home team played host to their county rivals the San Jon Coyotes.

The evening began with the junior varsity boys defeating the
Coyotes by a score of 73-30.

The JV boys were followed by the Lady Rattlers. The game started out close with turnovers and foul trouble keeping the Lady Rattlers behind but within striking distance. Halftime had the Lady Coyotes leading 20-18.

Regrouped and reenergized the Lady Rattlers came out with a full court press and inside scoring to get themselves back on top. The final tally was Tucumcari 43 and San Jon 36.

The nightcap had the Rattlers varsity boys taking a lead and never looking back. Defense and strong inside play were once again the key to success for the evening. The Coyotes fought hard but fell to a bigger and quicker Tucumcari ball club.

Scores by quarter:

Junior varsity boys
Coyotes 6 10 2 12 – 30
Rattlers 14 22 37 14 – 73

San Jon: Kandle, 12; Kneite, 12
Tucumcari: F. Beltran, 14; Simpson, 12

Varsity Girls
Lady Coyotes 8 12 7 9 – 36
Lady Rattlers 10 8 17 8 – 43

San Jon: J. Slutz, 10; Lee, 8
Tucumcari: Jones, 17; Span, 9

Varsity Boys
Coyotes 12 8 9 9 – 38
Rattlers 15 21 22 12 – 70

San Jon: Shetter, 8; Vasquez 7
Tucumcari: McDonald, 13; Villegas 12