by Freedom Newspapers
The Logan Longhorns are the District 4 1A champions after a win of 62-55 against the San Jon Coyotes in an intense match-up on Friday.
“They are a great team,” said Longhorns coach Billy Burns. “It was a tremendous game and now we just have to wait and see how Springer and Cimarron fare. I would like to play them again and feel it would be great to meet San Jon again later in the state tournament because it means that two teams from our district made it that far.”
The game was tight and physical all the way through. In the end it was the 18 out of 24 free throws that extended the Longhorns lead for the win.
With three and a half minutes left in the game, the Longhorns were on top but they knew that the Coyotes were right there waiting to exploit any mistakes they might make to tie the game, if not take the lead. While the seconds were counting down on the clock, San Jon’s Richard Vasquez hit a 3-pointer bringing the Coyotes within three.
They were quick to foul the ball handler and knew it would send a Longhorn to the line for two but stopping the clock and getting the ball back was the only thing on the Coyotes mind.
Hard fouls from both teams that slipped the attention of the referees drew emotional outbursts from the two crowds. There were only two referees at this district championship because both coaches voted against a third ref.
“We voted against the third ref tonight,” said Coyotes’ coach Jeremy Stone.
Neither Stone nor Burns would answer why they voted for only two refs.
Stone said, “We are still in the running to make the state tournament. We are going to keep playing aggressive and take it one day at a time.”
The San Jon Coyotes will travel to play the winner of tonight’s game between the Cimarron Rams and the Springer Red Devils at Cimarron.
Austin Whetten led all scorers with 17 for Logan, while Stephen Carter added 16. Vasquez scored 16 to lead the Coyotes, and Danny Shetter added 15.
The Logan Longhorns will play the runner-up at Logan.
At San Jon, the second-seeded Coyotes pulled away in the final period to eliminate Clovis Christian 56-44 and advanced to Friday’s game at Logan.
Shetter scored 22 points for San Jon (19-11), which outscored the Eagles 18-8 in the final period to break open a two-point game.
Senior Will Genitski had three 3-pointers and 22 points for CCS (16-16).
Clovis Christian rode 23 points from freshman Jocelyn Swann and 18 from sophomore Jennifer Schaap to a 47-40 victory over Logan at the CCS gym and advance to Friday’s District 4-1A championship game at top-seeded Grady.
The Lady Eagles (18-9) led most of the way, but watched Logan pull to 42-40 late before closing it out at the free throw line.
Senior guard Brittany Cox scored 12 points for Logan.