Clovis Christian senior Cristen Wofford tries to stop Texico senior Micah Mayfield from scoring during the first half of Thursday’s girls quarterfinal matchup in the Citizens Bank Border Shootout in Texico.
Bovina junior Oscar Rodriguez goes up to challenge a shot by Melrose sophomore Clint Barnard during Thursday’s Citizens Bank Border Shootout boys quarterfinals in Texico.
TEXICO — Rivals Texico and Farwell met in the semifinals of last weekend’s Security State Bank Invitational at Farwell. They’ll meet again tonight in the semifinals of Texico’s Citizens Bank Border Shootout.
All four teams had no trouble advancing through Thursday’s quarterfinals. Texico beat Clovis Christian 73-42 in boys play and 58-26 in girls competition, while the Farwell girls beat Amarillo Arbor Academy 65-36 and Farwell’s boys topped the Lions 61-46.
Meantime, Melrose’s boys and girls will face Clovis’ junior varsities in the other semifinal games. Melrose swept Bovina, winning by scores of 69-60 (boys) and 63-37 (girls), while the Clovis teams moved on with victories over Plains by scores of 59-35 (boys) and 51-26 (girls).
Texico’s boys (3-2) led just 26-19 at halftime, but dominated the Eagles 21-8 in the third period. Senior Daniel Schueler poured in 22 points for the Wolverines, while CCS (2-2) was led by 21 points from senior Keeson Bell.
The Lady Wolverines improved to 6-0, opening a 32-point lead by the end of the third quarter. Sophomore Victoria Richards scored 14 points and senior Faith Martin 12 for Texico, while junior Lauren Douma and sophomore Jennifer Schaap had 10 each for CCS (1-3).
Farwell boys 61, Arbor Academy 46 — Senior forward Ross McClaran scored 24 points and senior guard Dalton Cockerham added 16 for the Steers (5-9), who led by 15 points heading into the final quarter. High scorer for the Lions (1-5) was junior Nathan Platt with 11.
Farwell girls 65, Arbor Academy 36 — Senior Kaylyn Meyer led the balanced Lady Blue (10-5) with 16 points as Farwell took control from the start. Freshman forward Lexie Gramillion scored eight points for the Lady Lions (2-8).
Melrose boys 69, Bovina 60 — Senior Kevin Park’s 19 points helped the Buffaloes (3-2) beat Bovina for the second time in a week. Melrose topped the Mustangs 46-42 in the Farwell tournament.
Junior Jesus Rocha led the Mustangs with 26 points, while senior Trent Quintana scored 16.
Melrose girls 63, Bovina 37 — The Lady Buffaloes (3-2) also scored their second win over Bovina, outscoring the Fillies 25-9 in the second quarter for a 25-point halftime lead.
Senior TaNeil Roberts poured in 24 points for Melrose, while Bovina (5-7) got 12 points from senior Haylee Hughes.
Clovis JV boys 59, Plains 35 — The Wildcats (1-1) erased a 14-13 deficit after one quarter and ran away from the Cowboys (9-3) behind 16 points from junior Brian Pierson. Junior post Chris Gonzales led all scorers with 18 points for Plains.
Clovis JV girls 51, Plains 26 — The Lady Wildcats took command with a 16-3 second-quarter run and rode a balanced attack, with junior Callie Bunce leading three players in double figures with 14 points.
Junior Reyna Gallegos was Plains’ high scorer with nine points.