The Logan Longhorns are the only Quay County basketball team to extend their post season district run.
Awaiting the outcome of this week's district 4 1A games are the (10-1) Logan Longhorns. They will host the district 4 1A championship at Logan.
The Longhorns secured the No. 1 seed Saturday with a 70-67 win over the (9-2) Clovis Christian Eagles at San Jon.
"It was a close game, Clovis Christian always comes to play," said Longhorns head coach Billy Burns.
It all came down to free throw shots by sophomore Brandon Rafool. The Longhorns were leading 69-67 in the final seconds of the game. Rafool, at the time was 4-6 from the line, his shots had the chance to put the game completely out of reach or position the Longhorns to play in overtime if the Eagles scored.
Rafool made 1-2 giving the Longhorns a 70-67 lead. With three seconds left on the clock, the Longhorns defense immediately moved back anticipating the 3-point try by the Eagles.
The Longhorns dread of an outside shot from the Eagles was well warranted. Eagles seniors Jordan Broome and Ross Miller had each made three 3-pointers, four of which were in the fourth period.
The inbound ball was quickly passed to Broome, who tried his best to get into position and released the shot beating the buzzer but missed his mark giving the Longhorns the win.
The Eagles had battled back from an 11-point Longhorn lead. They took advantage of the Longhorns foul trouble by attacking the basket drawing the fouls. A combination of free throws and 3-pointers put the Eagles within 4 points.
There was only five seconds left in the game when Broome drove the middle lane scoring with a lay-up and drawing the foul. The score was 69-67, the Eagles had a chance for a 3-point play or risk missing the free throw trying for the rebound and gain the tie.
"We were planning on them going for the miss," Burns said. "I'm not sure that is what they intended as the ball rolled off the back of the rim. The rebound went to Brandon and he was fouled which led to our win."
For many of the area teams it was the end of the road.
The Tucumcari Rattlers lost 62-40 to the Clayton Yellowjackets at Clayton.
It was an 8-point run by the Yellowjackets in the third period that put the game out of reach for the Rattlers.
The Rattlers shots, which fell short or were off the mark, combined with the Yellowjackets control of rebounds limited the Rattlers to 6 points in the final period.
The Rattlers played a tough game trailing the Yellowjackets from the onset. The Rattlers were able to cut the lead down several times to as little as 2 points.
The Logan Lady Longhorns' district run ended on Monday with 80-63 loss to the Mosquero Lady Pirates at Mosquero.
"I am real disappointed in myself," said Lady Longhorns head coach Clair Rachor. "I feel I let these girls down. It really hurt these seniors that have worked so hard."
Free throws were the deciding factor in the match-up. The Lady Longhorns had 33 fouls called against them during the game adding 29 points to the Lady Pirates score.
The Lady Pirates fouled 19 times resulting in 12 points for the Lady Longhorns. Without the fouls the game could have ended 51-51, with the victor decided in overtime.
"I am not saying that the girls did not foul," Rachor said. "I just felt that there were some fouls that Mosquero got away with."
Three of the Lady Longhorns seniors, Megan Frost, Laken Humble and Tiffany Rachor, fouled out.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game," said Tiffany Rachor. "We have beat them by 20 in our court but we came up here because of a coin toss, a flip of chance.
With the seniors out the younger Longhorns had to step up to fill the vacancies and finish out the game.
"It is tough for those younger players to step up once we fouled out," Frost said. "I think at that point it really hit them that they are the Lady Longhorns now. It is their team and I wish them well."
On Saturday the Longhorns will host the 1A district 4 championship game against the winner of Thursday night's game between the Grady Bronchos and Clovis Christian Eagles.