Local hoops squads prepare for state
Published: Monday, March 3rd, 2008
The New Mexico high school basketball authority spoke over the weekend, and Roosevelt County has five highly-ranked squads playing in the first round of the state basketball tournament this weekend. Following an undefeated run through district and their run-away victory in the District 4-3A championship, the Portales Lady Rams were seeded second in the girls Class 3A state tournament behind only St. Michael’s. The Portales girls will host the 15th-seeded West Las Vegas Lady Dons (11-14, 3-8) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Portales boys (15-8, 8-0) also went undefeated through their district schedule before winning their district championship against Lovington last weekend, and the Rams were seeded fifth, and they’ll host Hatch Valley at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Rams have already played Hatch twice this season, winning both games. “We know Hatch, we’ve played them twice,” Ram head coach Mark Gallegos said. “It’s kind of scary playing somebody three times, but we know them pretty good.” Both the Elida boys and Elida girls won their respective district championships, and both will host a Class 1A first round game. The Lady Tigers (22-3, 10-0) have torn through their district on the way to a 57-36 win over Melrose in the district championship Saturday and will go for 12 consecutive wins when they host Roy (17-7, 5-2) at 5 p.m. Friday. “It’s going to be a tough game for us,” Elida coach Dan Howard said. “Roy’s a good team coming in there, they’ve played some tough teams. We’re going to have to keep stepping it up every game from here on out.” As District 3-1A champs, the Elida boys (21-3, 6-5) will host District 1-1A runner up Des Moines (19-8, 8-3) Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. “They’re a very good team,” Elida head coach Darrell Chenault said. “Both teams are very athletic, both teams look a lot alike. Both teams like to shoot the 3. It probably won’t be a low-scoring game.” And as the District 3-1A runners-up, the Dora Coyotes (20-6, 8-1) must travel to District 1-1A champion Springer (19-2, 8-1) for a 5 p.m. tipoff Saturday. “We feel like we match up (with Springer) pretty well,” Dora head coach Ty Thatcher said. “I think our kids are excited about it. It’s just being prepared to play on the road and we’ve had some success on the road this year — we just have to continue that.” Note: District 4-1A champion Clovis Christian will play District 2-1A runners-up To’hajilee at the Portales High School gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
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