PORTALES — The Texico Lady Wolverines captured their third EPAC girls championship in a row and fourth in the last five years Saturday night, but Floyd certainly made them work for it.
The Lady Broncos battled Texico to within one point at halftime and stayed close for a while when play resumed, but in the end the Lady Wolverines had too much and pulled away to a 58-37 victory.
Senior forward Katlin Luscombe led three Texico players in double figures with 14 points. Twin sisters Jaylyn and Jordyn Cooper added 12 and 11, respectively.
Texico coach Keith Durham said the Lady Wolverines (10-5), who went 1-2 against Class 5A competition in last week’s Plateau Holiday Classic in Clovis, were determined to pick up their play after halftime.
“We just talked about playing a little harder and rebounding a little better and taking care of the ball a little better,” he said. “They did those three things.
“You’ve got to give Floyd a lot of credit. They came out and played a great basketball game.”
Jordyn Cooper hit three of Texico’s four 3-point baskets. The Lady Wolverines outscored Floyd (10-3) by a 19-6 margin in the third quarter to open a 41-27 lead.
Junior guard Tori Tucker scored 18 points for the Lady Broncos.
In other games Saturday:
• Dora built a big lead and held on down the stretch to turn back Elida 65-58 for third place. Senior forward Kelsi King scored 16 points for the Lady Coyotes (11-4) and had three of the team’s six 3-pointers, while Kelli Merrick and Molly McAlister each chipped in 15 points.
Junior Reavis Best lead all scorers with 26 points for the Lady Tigers (10-4), while freshman Shealton Veo-Chenault added 12 points.
• In the consolation bracket, Fort Sumner (8-3) got 26 points from junior guard Sarah Stinnett and notched a 44-38 victory over Melrose. The Vixens rode a pair of 3-pointers from senior guard Anna Chavez to a 14-5 lead at the quarter and held off a second-half comeback by the Lady Buffaloes (5-4).
Senior Shelby McElroy scored 16 points for Melrose, while sophomore Kendra Jacobs also reached double figures with 10 points.
In the first consolation game of the day, Tatum defeated Logan 54-32.