Longhorns upset Rattlers for homecoming

Lady Rattlers Michelle Fazekas secures the rebound as two Lady Longhorns defenders box her in under the goal during Friday's homecoming game. The Lady Rattlers lost 65-22.

Tucumcari Rattlers Michael Marroquin drives along the base line during Friday night's 61-56 loss to the Logan Longhorns at the Snake Pit.

The Tucumcari Rattlers were upset by the visiting Logan Longhorns during Homecoming Friday night at the Snake Pit.

Logan beat Tucumcari 61-56.

"We had our opportunities, but they just did a better job of finishing tonight," said Rattlers head coach John Span.

The Rattlers (8-6) saw their 10-point lead began to diminish at the close of the first half as the Longhorns (14-3) closed the gap to three points.

"We could not take care of the ball," Span said. "We had a 10-point lead fade away just before the half."

Throughout the third period the Longhorns would continue to chip away at the lead, applying pressure to the Rattlers guard

Travis Garcia.

"We wanted to limit and take away his ability to pass freely to the post Luke Smith," Longhorns head coach Arnold Peralez said.

The pressure from the Longhorns led to rushed play by the Rattlers resulting in turnovers from bad passes and lose ball control.

"We missed some easy shots and they were able to make theirs when it counted," Span said.

The Rattlers continued to fight back in the final period and with 33 second left they closed the gap 59-56.

Rylan Calbert's two free throws sealed the victory for the Longhorns.

Game leaders

Rattlers

Travis Garcia 30 points

Luke Smith 15 points

Longhorns

Rylan Calbert 23 points

Hayes Frost 13 points

Levi Molesworth 12 points

Rattlers next game is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Portales

Longhorns next game is at 8 p.m. Thursday at Fort Sumner

The Lady Longhorns (15-3) earn another road win with a 65-22 routing of the Lady Rattlers (3-9) .

"These girls are road warriors," said Lady Longhorns head coach Clair Rachor. "I simply can not say enough about our entire team."

Rachor rotated his starters once the Lady Longhorns had established a 20-point lead.

"The younger players are doing so well in their development," Rachor said. "The upper classmen are doing a great job as leaders."

Rachor said team will use the win as motivation as they prepare for a district match up Thursday at Fort Sumner.

"We are getting used to these road games and will continue to get better," Rachor said. "We look forward to playing at home in front of a home crowd soon."

Game Leaders

Lady Rattlers

Olana Romero 8 points

Esperanza Moncayo 5 points

Lady Longhorns

Whitney Cordova 19 points

Brooke Rachor 17 points

Lady Rattlers next game is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Portales

Lady Longhorns next game is at 4 p.m. Thursday at Fort Sumner

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