Dora boys, girls split at Clayton tourney
Published: Thursday, December 6th, 2007
The Dora boys and girls had mixed results Thursday in the first round of the annual Orange and Black tournament in Clayton. The Coyotes (2-0) beat Des Moines 75-63, while the girls (3-3) fell to Roy 60-49. The Dora boys started slow, trailing after one period 23-12 and trailing at the half 34-26. But the Coyotes turned it around in the second half, outscoring Des Moines 25-14 in the third period, and 24-16 in the fourth quarter to grab a 75-63 come-from-behind victory. “We got down as much as 17 in the first quarter,” Dora head coach Ty Thatcher said. “We really couldn’t get it going and they were on fire. They hit four three- (pointers) in the first quarter — they really had us on the ropes.” Senior Wesley Skelley scored 12 of his game high 20 points in the third quarter, followed by junior Kyler Smith’s 17. Jeremy Butler also scored 17 points. “We had really good production out of Wesley,” Thatcher said. The Lady Coyotes also started slow against Roy, but early foul trouble and a case of the turnover bug spelled doom for Dora, losing their first round game Thursday 60-49. “(Roy) is very quick,” Dora head coach Malaqui Webster said. “They move the ball well, they push it up the floor good.” Roy jumped out to an early first quarter lead of 18-9 and took a halftime 31-21 lead before holding on for the win. Dora committed 22 turnovers. “We got into a little bit of foul trouble which kind of hurt us,” Webster said. “We had so many turnovers tonight. That killed us. Just stupid little things like can’t catch the ball or just throwing it away. It was just a bad night. It was an off night.” Tearney O’Connor and Kelli Merrick led the Lady Coyotes with 16 points each. Kendra Merrick added 15 points. The Dora boys continue Friday against Mesilla Valley at 4 p.m. The girls play Coronado at 9 a.m.
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