Area teams stay sharp with weekend competition

Thomas Garcia

On Saturday the Tucumcari Rattlers were swept at home while the Logan Longhorns split wins at Grady.

It was a bittersweet homecoming as the (5-6) Lady Rattlers were upset 47-27 and the (8-5) Rattlers fell short 51-46 against the Raton Tigers.

“It was an ugly game,” said Rattlers head coach John Span. “They just handled the ugly better than us.”

In Curry County the (10-6) Logan Longhorns won 68-58 while the (10-6) Lady Longhorns lost 58-45.

The Rattlers and Longhorns went into Saturday night’s game after splitting wins against each other Friday night at Logan.

The Lady Rattlers lost 54-52 in the closing seconds of the game.

“At times you would rather lose by 80 than lose by two points,” said Lady Rattlers Head coach Gary Hittson.

The Lady Rattlers had trailed by as much as 14 points until late in the final period.

Leading the Lady Longhorns on offense was Whitney Cordova with 16 points, (4,2, 2-4). Cordova scored layups on several fast break plays during the night to counteract the Lady Rattlers’ momentum.

The Lady Longhorns defense made the Lady Rattlers earn their points and foul bonus shots kept Logan in the lead.

“Our post did a great job, however, when they get swarmed under the goal they need to kick the ball back out,” said Lady Rattler senior Laura Fought.

Fought lead the Lady Rattlers with 18 points, (6, 3, 3-4). She said the team is working well together. They just need to finish.

“This loss hurt, but we need to put it past us,” Fought said. “We know homecoming is next. We just need to put that out of our mind and focus on Raton.”

It was the exact opposite story when it came to the Rattlers’ 65-48 win against the Longhorns.

“We knew the Longhorns are a tough team,” Span said. “We had to control the glass and work the floor, which we were able to do.”

The Rattler attack was balanced as senior Jakus Martinez scored 16 points. Nine of those points came from behind the arch.

Martinez, Jantzen Darnell, Travis Garcia and Dalton Wood were outside threats the Longhorns could not leave alone. As the defense swarmed these Rattlers, it opened the floor for Luke Smith.

Smith lead the Rattlers with 18 points, 16 of those points were layups dished to Smith as the defense shifted.

“Luke had a great night,” Span said. “He was able to make some big plays and finish under the basket.”

The Longhorns stayed in the matchup with clutch plays from Rylan Calbert, who claimed 17 points (2,3, 4-4). Calbert was able to attack the goal in the paint and from the perimeter, which slowed the Rattlers offense.

“Coach Span is a great coach and his boys are always ready to play,” said Longhorns head coach Billy Burns. “It was a tough loss, but we need to put it behind us. These type of games are going to prepare us for district.”