(Seeds in parentheses)
(9) Magdalena (17-12) vs. (1) Texico (24-2)
When/where: 6:30 p.m. today at Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho
First-round games: Magdalena defeated Mesa Vista 67-56 in overtime. Texico defeated Cuba 65-38.
Notes: Texico is seeking its fourth 2A title in the last five years. “Whad I’ve told the girls was, ‘When you get to this point, the number (seed) is not important by your name,’” Lady Wolverines coach Keith Durham said. … Magdalena moved up this year from Class 1A. … The Lady Steers’ top players are 5-4 junior PG Kameron Armstrong and 5-6 senior F Camille Mansell, the team’s only senior. … Magdalena has wins over Class 3A Hatch Valley and Class 4A Artesia. “They’ll try to press and play man-to-man,” Durham said. “We need to take care of the basketball.”
Up next: The winner gets either fifth-seeded Estancia or No. 13 Dulce in a 9:45 a.m. semifinal on Thursday, also at the Star Center.
(9) Jal (20-5) vs. (1) Fort Sumner (24-3)
When/where: 8:15 p.m. today at Bernalillo H.S.
First-round games: Jal defeated Menaul 71-54. Fort Sumner knocked off Mescalero 54-35.
Notes: The Vixens seemingly drew a tough assignment. “I know they’re pushing the ball; they want to run and gun,” Vixens coach Matt Moyer said. “They’ve got a little bit of height, and theyll press you with a 1-2-1-1.” … Top players for the Lady Panthers are 5-9 junior G Erin Deck, 5-11 senior F Kristine Vargas and 5-11 senior C Shelby Kimball. Four of the team’s six seniors start, joined by Deck.
Up next: The winner gets either fifth-seeded Cliff or No. 4 Melrose in a 6:30 p.m. semifinal on Thursday at Bernalillo.
(5) Cliff (23-5) vs. (4) Melrose (18-10)
When/where: 6:30 p.m. today at Bernalillo H.S.
First-round games: Cliff beat Hagerman 57-34. Melrose downed Springer 69-40.
Notes: Lady Buffaloes coach Toby Bostwick said his team isn’t looking ahead to a possible fifth meeting with Fort Sumner in the semifinals. “We’re focused,” he said. “We know we’ve got to win one game at a time.” … Top players for the Cowgirls are 6-1 junior C Jenna Jenkins, the team’s leading scorer, and 5-5 senior point guard Heather Henderson, Cliff’s primary ballhandler. … Bostwick, with a young squad, likes the day break between each round for 1A girls teams with the Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday format.
Up next: The winner gets either ninth-seeded Jal or No. 1 Fort Sumner in a 6:30 p.m. semifinal on Thursday at Bernalillo.
(7) Dora (17-11) vs. (2) Tatum (25-1)
When/where: 3 p.m. today at Bernalillo H.S.
First-round games: Dora edged Cimarron 37-36. Tatum defeated Logan 63-42.
Notes: Dora finished second behind Tatum in District 8-1A. Dora lost all three games to Tatum, but all were competitive and the district tournament final went into overtime before Tatum won 45-40. … Senior P Kelli Merrick scored 20 points and hit the game-winning jumper as time was running out to allow Dora to advance past the first round.
Up next: The winner gets either third-seeded Des Moines or No. 6 Animas in a 3 p.m. semifinal on Thursday at Bernalillo.
(8) Corona (9-11) vs. (1) Elida (23-3)
When/where: 1:15 p.m. today at Bernalillo H.S.
Notes: The Lady Tigers appear to have the upper hand in this one, although coach Dan Howard said he knows little about the Lady Cardinals. “They’ll spread it out and moved it around, and try to get an open look for the (3-pointer),” he said. … Corona’s top players are sisters Taylor Huey, a 5-9 junior G, and Allysanne Huey, a 5-8 sophomore G. Both are capable 3-point threats, Howard said.
Up next: The winner gets either fourth-seeded Hondo or No. 5 Reserve in an 11:30 a.m. semifinal game on Thursday at Brenalillo.
(7) Walatowa (12-2) vs. (2) Grady (18-10)
When/where: 11:30 a.m. today at Bernalillo H.S.
Notes: Grady coach Alisha Rush said she doesn’t know much about Lady Cougars, although the teams met in Class B state volleyball last fall. Grady won the match 3-0. … “We’re pretty blind (about the opponent) going in, but I think if we just take care of our business we’ll be all right,” she said. … The NMAA website shows just seven players on the Walatowa roster — two seniors, one juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen. … The only common opponent has been Santa Fe Waldorf, and the Lady Panthers and Lady Bronchos both won handily. … Experience and depth should be in favor of Grady. “Of all the teams that made it to state in Class B, us and Elida have the most experience,” Rush said.
— Compiled by Dave Wagner