The Texico Lady Wolverines moved into the finals of the EPAC girls basketball tournament Friday night, cruising to a 63-17 win over Dora at Greyhound Arena on the Eastern New Mexico University campus.
Texico (9-5), the tourney’s top seed, will take on second-seeded Floyd in today’s 7 p.m. championship game after the Lady Broncos (10-2) dispatched Elida 45-29 in the other semifinal contest.
Texico’s suffocating defense held Dora (10-4) to just two first-quarter points and put the Lady Wolverines in complete control. Sophomore guard Jaylyn Cooper had two 3-pointers and outscored the Lady Coyotes by herself with 19 points.
Junior post Kelli Merrick managed five points to lead Dora, which plays Elida (10-3) for third place at 4 p.m. today.
Floyd held a 22-18 halftime lead against its Roosevelt County and District 3-1A neighbor, but outscored the Lady Tigers 16-4 in the third quarter. Junior guard Tori Tucker scored 21 points for the Lady Broncos, including a pair of 3-pointers, while senior Shanna Anthony led Elida with 12 points.
In consolation bracket games on Friday:
• Grady opened a 37-0 halftime lead over House and cruised to a 60-7 victory over the struggling Cowgirls. Junior guard Mandy Rush scored 18 points and junior forward Leanna Aguilar netted 10 points for the Lady Bronchos (7-8), while eighth-grader Josy Sepulveda accounted for all seven points for House (9-10).
• San Jon overcame an eight-point deficit, taking the lead on a 3-point play by junior forward Lindsey Jennings with less than two minutes left in a 37-34 win over Clovis Christian. Senior post Tracy Foote did most of the damage for the Lady Coyotes (5-8) with 24 points, while CCS (2-10) got 11 points each from seniors Jocelyn Swann and Julia Roberts.
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