• The Texico Wolverines, two-time defending Class 2A state champions, could have been caught looking ahead Friday at Elida.
No such luck for the Tigers.
Texico improved to 14-0 for the season with an 82-49 rout of Elida. The Wolverines, ranked third in Class 2A, will host top-ranked Mesilla Valley (15-0) in a 5:30 p.m. tipoff tonight in what has become a bit of a crossstate rivalry.
In the 2008 state finals, Texico went 20-for-20 from the free throw line and edged Mesilla Valley 58-55. Last year, the Wolverines nipped the Son Blazers 58-57 in the semifinals on a last-second 3-pointer by Jose Posada, then slipped past District 6-2A rival Santa Rosa 48-46 for the title.
Against Elida, the Wolverines got 23 points from senior forward Seth Bailey and four 3s and a career-best 18 points from junior guard Connor Doolittle, while senior center Lucas Walthers added 14 points. The Tigers were led by 23 points from senior post Kody Paiz and 15 points, including 10-of-12 free throws, from junior Jordyn Tivis.
• Junior Cooper Washington scored 19 points and Muleshoe opened District 2-2A action with a 44-40 win over Dimmitt at home. The Mules had to hold off the Bobcats, who scored more than half their points in the final quarter after trailing by 11 at the start of the period.
Senior Tyson Turnbow went 9-for-12 from the free throw line and added 15 points for the Mules (12-9, 1-0). Dimmitt’s leading scorers were Adam Hart and Marty Puga, each with 12 points.
• Junior guards Josh Olivas and Luke Carpenter scored 16 points each and combined for seven 3-pointers as Farwell won at Morton 59-46 in District 5-1A. The Steers (15-5, 2-0) built a nine-point halftime lead and never let the Indians get closer than five points the rest of the way.
• Floyd improved to 11-2 with a 52-28 rout of Jal on the road behind 25 points from senior forward Chet Chenault and 18 from junior guard J’Kobie Lee. The Broncos outscored the Panthers 20-2 in the second quarter for a 20-point halftime cushion.
Caz Copeland’s nine points were tops for Jal (6-5).
• Senior Hunter Ray had 18 points and senior Logan Medlin 13 as Tatum (10-4) broke away in the third quarter for a 61-43 victory at Dora. Senior Mark Butler led the Coyotes (8-8) with 15 points, and sophomore Kyler King scored 10.
• Sudan (12-8, 1-1) opened a 24-6 lead at the quarter and cruised past Bovina 65-42 in District 5-1A action at Sudan. The Mustangs (7-10, 1-1) got 13 points from Andrew Marrufo and 10 each from Andy Duarte and Gael Vela.
• Senior Clint Barnard scored 23 points to lead Melrose (6-5) to a 64-28 win over Clovis Christian at Melrose.
Senior Kendall Mudgett added 15 points for the Buffaloes. The Eagles (2-11) were led by 13 points from senior Cordy Wilhoit.
• Texico, the recent EPAC tournament champion, had its hands full before turning back host Elida 49-46. The Lady Wolverines (12-5) got 13 points from sophomore guard Jaylyn Cooper and 12 from her twin sister, Jordyn.
Elida (11-5) was led by 12 points from junior Reavis Best and 10 from freshman Shealton Veo-Chenault. The Lady Tigers trailed virtually all game, but made things tight for Texico in the end.
“They got after us,” Lady Wolverines coach Keith Durham said. “It was good for us. Elida did a great job.”
• At Morton, senior guard Tiffani Jones poured in five 3-pointers and 27 points and Farwell improved to 19-3 overall (3-0 District 5-1A) with a 66-33 rout of the Lady Indians.
Farwell led 32-14 at halftime, then posted a 24-7 scoring advantage over Morton (8-11, 1-2) in the third period. Senior guard Kristin Langford added 12 points for the Lady Blue.
• Dora improved to 13-4 with a 66-53 win at home over Tatum behind 28 points from junior post Kelli Merrick. The Lady Coyotes also got 11 points from senior guard Tori Varnell.
Tatum (8-6) was paced by 12 points from TiAda Gray and 11 from Devanne Sours.
• Floyd (12-3) rode 16 points from senior guard Elena Mendoza and 13 from senior post Veronica Mendoza to a 49-33 win at Jal. The Lady Panthers (5-7) got 18 points from Erin Deck.
• Freshman Cara Barnard scored 16 points and Melrose defeated Clovis Christian 61-48 at Melrose. The Lady Buffs (6-5) broke the game open by outscoring CCS 17-4 in the third quarter for an 18 points lead.
Sophomore Kendra Jacobs had 12 points and senior Shelby McElroy 11 for Melrose. Senior guard Jocelyn Swann knocked down six 3-pointers and finished with 25 points for the Lady Eagles (2-11), while senior guard Julia Roberts had 11 points and junior forward Kelby Bell scored 10.
• Dimmitt built a 27-17 halftime lead and the Bobbies held on for a 49-44 District 2-2A win at Muleshoe.
Shea Myatt led Dimmitt (13-10, 2-1) with 15 points while Haley Bonilla added 12. The Lady Mules (6-17, 0-3) got 17 points from Sarah Johnson and 11 from Val Olivas.
• At Sudan, the Hornettes opened a 22-6 lead at the quarter and rolled over Bovina 77-21. Yoselin Rueda scored seven points to lead the Fillies (6-10, 0-3).