The Route 66 Classic basketball tournament ended on Saturday with the Tucumcari Rattlers and Logan Lady Longhorns finishing in second place.
The Rattlers lost 53-45 to the Fort Sumner Foxes in the final game of the three-day tournament.
It slowly developed into a running and gunning game as the teams' fast-paced offenses began moved up and down the court.
However, the Ratllers were without one of their key players senior A.J. Trujillo, who fractured his wrist during Friday's 61-55 win over the Logan Longhorns.
"We definitely missed having A.J. out on the court," said Rattlers head coach John Span.
Even with the loss, Span said he was happy with the way the team performed and represented themselves.
"We had a lot of the younger players step up," Span said. "If the team will continue to play like this, a win will take care of itself.
In an earlier championship match-up, the Lady Longhorns lost 52-34 to the Elida Lady Tigers.
The Lady Tigers were able to set the tempo of the game and maintain the lead over the Lady Longhorns.
A combination of rebounds – which limited the second and third shot opportunities for the Lady Longhorns and great outside shooting from sophomores Reavis Best and Margarita Ortiz – kept the Lady Tigers in the lead.
"I think that we executed well against Elida, we just missed some easy shots in the first period," said Lady Longhorns head coach Clair Rachor. "This is the second tournament we have played in with tough competition. It has helped to build our team confidence."
The Lady Longhorns had some offensive sparks when they strung together some steals and fast break scores late in the third period, but the Lady Tigers lead was too great to overcome.
"Our players did an outstanding job," Rachor said. "We have some room for improvement and that is a great thing. At the start of the year we will have two players back that were unable to play because of an injury and eligibility."
Finishing in fourth place were the Lady Rattlers who lost 31-15 to the Fort Sumner Lady Vixens and the Logan Longhorns who lost 41-34 to the Floyd Broncos.
It was a much different Lady Rattlers team on the court against the Lady Vixens compared to Friday's nailbiter when the Lady Rattlers lost 36-35 to the Lady Longhorns.
"They did not show up to play," said Lady Rattlers head coach Gary Hittson. "I think someone stole their uniforms and showed up to play for them."
Hittson said that the team showed heart in their close match-up against the Lady Longhorns, but was a factor that was missing in Saturday's night against the Lady Vixens.
"The girls played with a lot of heart on Friday night," Hittson said. "If they play like that for the rest of the season we'll do OK."
Elida Tigers beat the San Jon Coyotes 58 to 27
Clovis C-Team beat the Monte Del Sol Dragons 79 to 21
Floyd Lady Broncos beat the Portales Lady Rams jv 55 to 27
Clovis C-team beat the San Jon Lady Coyotes 51 to 14