Farwell junior Bo Mitchell heads down the court after taking possession of the ball during Tuesday’s District 5-1A boys matchup against Hale Center at Farwell.
FARWELL — Farwell boys coach Patrick Finney sat Ross McClaran early in the second quarter Tuesday night after the senior guard picked up his second foul.
McClaran returned with a bang after halftime, scoring 31 of the Steers’ 44 second-half points to finish with a career-high 37 as Farwell edged Hale Center 64-59 in a District 5-1A matchup.
Farwell (10-13, 2-1 district) faced a 29-20 halftime deficit, and still trailed the Owls (12-6, 0-2) by four points heading into the final period.
“He came out on fire (after halftime),” Finney said of McClaran. “We didn’t play too good in the first half. At halftime I told (McClaran), ‘You have three fouls left; just play smart.’ He just got hot and made some shots.”
McClaran was 12-of-13 from the free throw line.
In another District 5-1A matchup, Olton (14-8, 2-0) built a 16-point lead through three quarters and defeated Bovina 55-41 at Olton. Junior Jesus Rocha scored 22 points for the Mustangs (7-13, 1-2) to lead all scorers.
Melrose 78, Clovis Christian 59: At Melrose, the Buffaloes took charge early and cruised behind career-highs of 26 points for senior Kevin Park and 17 for senior Aaron Hemminger.
The Buffs (8-6) opened a 21-12 lead at the quarter and were never in jeopardy. Junior Zach Pack added 12 points for Melrose.
Clovis Christian (4-9) was led by a career-best 27 points from junior Nick Cody.
Muleshoe 52, River Road 42: The Mules rode a balanced attack, led by senior Garrett Riley’s 13 points, to a District 2-2A home victory over River Road.
Patrick Precure and Victor Vasquez each scored 10 points for Muleshoe (10-9, 3-2).
Bovina 38, Olton 36: At Olton, Bovina outscored Olton 14-6 to earn its first win in District 5-1A.
Daniella Flores scored 17 points for the Filles (5-15, 1-3), who trailed 18-16 at the half and then held on at the end against the Lady Mustangs (10-13, 1-2).
Farwell 74, Hale Center 24: The Lady Blue (18-7, 4-0) ran away to their eighth win in a row behind a career-best 24 points from senior Shelby Christian.
Farwell coach Gary Lewis is looking ahead to a Friday night showdown at District 5-1A leader Sudan, currently ranked second in Class 1A.
“We will definitely have our hands full,” he said. “We’ll have to play really, really well, but I think our girls can do it.”
Sophomore Tiffani Jones contributed four 3-pointers and 16 points for Farwell, while sophomore Laura Martinez added 10.
Muleshoe 49, Amarillo River Road 48: At Muleshoe, the Lady Mules upended River Road in a District 2-2A clash.
Morgan Smith scored 18 points, Sarah Johnson had 14 and Cholov Hernandez 11 for the Lady Mules (10-14, 4-3). They trailed 26-24 at halftime before outscoring the Lady Wildcats (16-8, 5-2) 14-8 in the third period.
Melrose 37, Clovis Christian 29: At Melrose, the Lady Buffaloes pulled back to the .500 mark for the season behind 16 points from senior TaNeil Roberts and 12 from senior Kimberly Lyons.
Melrose (7-7) extended a one-point halftime lead, dominating the Lady Eagles 14-4 in the third quarter. Sophomore Jocelyn Swann and senior Cristen Wofford scored eight points each for CCS (3-10).