By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun
The Tucumcari Rattlers can- not seem to get over district hump.
With four straight losses since the beginning of their district play, the Rattlers are still in search of a mark in the winning column after Friday night’s losses
The Lady Rattlers faded fast during Friday night’s 61-22 loss to Santa Rosa’s Lady Lions at Tucumcari.
With an early lead the Lady Lions seized control of the game. Missed field goals, free throws and bad ball handling hindered the Lady Rattlers efforts from gaining any ground.
The Lady Lions seemed to be marching to a different beat with scoring runs throughout the game which secured the lead and the win for the Lady Lions.
“I have told the girls that we need to get better at the little things,” said Rattlers’ coach Wayne Ferguson. “We need to improve on little things like passing, free throws, boxing out and field goals.”
l Samantha Montano had 3 field goals, made 1-4 free throws for 8 points
l Brittney Moncayo had 6 field goals, made 2-4 free throws for 18 points
l Ashley Chavez had 5 field goals, made 0-3 free throws for 11 points
The Rattlers dropped their fourth district match with a 75-37 loss against the Santa Rosa Lions.
The Lions kept moving the game farther and farther out of the Rattlers’ reach with each period that passed, and led by as much as 38 in the second half.
The Rattlers’ efforts to slow down the Lions’ scoring eventually wore them down. The Lions concentrated on swarming the Rattlers’ ball handlers and forcing them to try difficult passes and shots. In the final minutes of the game the Lions subbed fresh players into the game and wore down the Rattlers’ starters even more.
“We have to work harder,” said Rattlers’ coach John Span. “We had some mental lapses in tonight’s game. We believe we are doing the right thing with our training. We just need to control the tempo of the game more and play like I know we can.”
l Andrez Apodaca had 5 field goals made 5 of 6 free throws for 16 points
l Drew White had 4 field goals, made 1-5 free throws for 9 points
l Jesus Roybal had 9 field goals, made 0-1 free throws for 20 points
l Bryan Campos had 7 field goals, made 1-2 free throws for 15 points
Longhorns Take Two
Clovis Christian had District 4-1A leader Logan on the ropes for a half, but the Longhorns took control in the third quarter and held on for a 55-50 Friday at the CCS gym.
Senior Austin Whetten scored 18 points for the Longhorns, who at 7-0 have clinched the district’s regular-season title. Sophomore Taylor Smith added 14 for Logan and senior Andruw Sandoval 11.
Senior Will Genitski scored 13 points to lead CCS (12-10, 3-3), including a pair of 3-pointers.
Logan rallied in the final quarter to edge Clovis Christian 45-41 in District 4-1A at CCS to pull into a tie with the Lady Eagles for second place in the standings behind Grady.
Jessica Aguilera led a balanced attack for the Lady Longhorns with 13 points, including two 3-pointers. Delani Hazen and Laken Humble each finished with 10.
Boys: Logan 86 Grady 59
Girls: Logan 46 Grady 52