By Thomas Garcia
QCS Senior Writer
The fifth-seed Logan Lady Longhorns take on the 12th- seed Mountainair Lady Mustangs in the first round of the 1A state basketball tournament Friday night at Logan.
Longhorn’s coach Clair Rachor said he is proud the team is once again in the state tournament, but he is not happy about being seeded fifth in the tournament.
Rachor said the 47-46 loss to the Melrose Lady Buffaloes during Friday night’s District 3 1A championship affected the Lady Longhorns’ seeding for the state tournament.
“It’s a tough loss,” Rachor said “To lose by one point after having lost to Melrose by 20 points earlier in the week, you can’t help feel one got away from you. Despite the loss I feel our team was the best on that court.”
Rachor said the girls battled back twice from being down by double figures. At one point they even took a late lead but could not hold onto it for the win. He said Melrose played a great game and the Lady Longhorn’s knew they were going to be in for a fight.
Rachor said, “Our district is and has always been one of the toughest districts in the state.”
He said that sentiment is echoed by all three district 3 teams making the tournament.
As painful as Friday night’s loss might be for the (22-7) (4-3) Lady Longhorns, they have to push past it to focus on the task at hand — the (18-10) (7-3) Lady Mustangs.
Rachor said the Lady Mustangs have two big post players the Lady Longhorns will have to contend with and a fast point guard they will have to pressure. He said he is confident in the Lady Longhorns but cautions them to remember that in tournament play you can never overlook anybody.
The Lady Longhorns are seeded on the same side of the bracket as the number 1 (25-1) (6-0) Tatum Lady Coyotes.
Rachor said he feels the Lady Longhorns can match up with Tatum but is not allowing the girls to get too far ahead of themselves.
“When you are in bracket play, the toughest opponent is always the one in front of you,” Rachor said.
The Lady Longhorns play at 7 p.m., Friday against Mountainair at Logan.