District 3-1A tournament
Fort Sumner 42, Melrose 39
Recap: Sophomore post Ashley Landreth scored 10 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter for Fort Sumner, including a go-ahead putback with 1:55 left.
The Vixens (23-3), ranked No. 2 in Class 1A, and Melrose, ranked fourth, are virtually assured of first-round home games when the 16-team Class 1A tournament begins on Friday.
Melrose took three-point leads on 3-point baskets by Caley Barnard and Kelsey Draper earlier in the final period, but the Vixens finished the game on an 8-2 run. Sophomore guard LaNay Crenshaw had 11 points, including a driving layup for a three-point lead with 50 seconds left.
Draper had 10 points for the Lady Buffaloes (17-10), who have dropped three of four to the Vixens this season.
District 8-1A tournament
Tatum 45, Dora 40, OT
Recap: Kylie Wheeler scored 15 points and Amber Olivas added 11 as top-ranked Tatum fought off Dora in a battle of “Lady Coyotes.”
Senior post Kelli Merrick had 22 points for Dora (16-11), which had four 3-pointers and went 10-for-11 from the free throw line.
"We had our chances to win the game,” Dora coach Caleb King said. “They just played a little better in the end.”
Tatum (25-1) should get a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the tournament on Sunday, considering its only loss was to Fort Sumner. Dora, ranked eighth, is also hopeful of getting a first-round home game.
— Freedom New Mexico