By Kevin Wilson
FLOYD — Elida survived a late Floyd rally — not to mention its own free-throw shooting — to claim a district win Tuesday night.
Keisha Chenault scored a team-high 16 points, and Casey Ford hit a key jumper in overtime to give the visiting Lady Tigers a 47-44 win at Floyd High School in the District 3-1A opener for both teams.
The Lady Tigers missed their final seven free throws of the night, while Floyd hit nine of its final 10 but still came up a few shots short of the defending district champions.
“There are no gimmies in this district,” Elida coach Dan Howard said after the win. “Floyd’s playing really well, they’re getting better every game.”
Floyd (9-8, 0-1) was nearly good enough to force a second overtime period, but a desperation 3-point attempt by Cindy Andrade (game-high 18 points) came up short.
“I think we had defensive lapses that cost us the game,” Floyd coach Sean Wootton said. “Elida’s a good team. They run good offensive sets. We just didn’t adjust well for their offense.”
Elida (8-7) trailed for only a 12-second span in the first quarter, and controlled the tempo throughout. However, 29 Lady Tiger turnovers and timely 3-point shooting from Andrade and Corina Mendoza kept Floyd within striking distance for most of the night.
“We’ve got to learn to take care of the ball,” Howard said. “We just missed so many opportunities.”
When Elida missed those opportunities, Floyd was cashing in. A five-second stretch late in regulation where Floyd scored four points was evidence enough of that:
• 1:13 left: With Elida leading 40-36, Chenault missed the front end of a one-and-one, but grabbed her own offensive rebound. Ford was fouled later on the play.
• 1:08 left: After Ford missed both free throws, Andrade grabbed the rebound and was fouled. She hit both free throws.
• 1:08 left: With Floyd still trailing by two, the Lady Broncos went into the press. Elida was called for a foul on the inbounds play, leading to
• 1:08 left: Andrade hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 40. The score stood through the rest of regulation.
Elida led for the final 2:49 of overtime after a basket by Chenault, but barely protected the lead in the final seconds. Samantha Southard scored a layup off of a press-breaker with 5.2 seconds left to end the scoring.
Both teams will be in district action again Friday. Floyd travels to Fort Sumner, while Elida faces Melrose.
Portales 68, Goddard 45
ROSWELL — Portales ran off the first 10 points of the game and never looked back in their final game before Friday’s District 4-3A opener at Lovington.
Morgan Hill scored 16 to lead four in double figures for Portales (12-4), which led 21-8 after the first quarter and 40-23 at the half. Erika Cook added 15, Kassandra Richards 13 and Joni Brakebill 10 for Portales.
Hailee Browning had 17 to lead Goddard (3-9).
Fort Sumner 58, Dora 35
FORT SUMNER — Sandy Fortner scored 20 points to lead Fort Sumner (12-4, 1-0), which rode a 14-3 second quarter to victory.
Kayla Britain added 13 and Kelly Fortner 12 for the Vixens. D’Shawn Pettigrew had 15 to lead the Lady Coyotes (4-8).
Floyd 74, Elida 56
FLOYD — Chance Chenault scored 15 to lead three in double figures, helping the Broncos claim an easy win to open district play.
Kyle Kropf and Jerrod Long added 13 each for the Broncos (10-6, 1-0), while Ryan Kropf added nine.
Elida got a season high 24 from Wesley Gilmore, who hit seven of Elida’s 10 3-pointers on the night.
Fort Sumner 65, Dora 46
FORT SUMNER — Ryan Fikany scored 18 points and Gerid Higgins 17 as the Foxes posted an easy win over Dora.
Stephen Gallegos added 13 points for Fort Sumner (7-9, 1-0), which outscored the Coyotes 27-14 in the final period.
J.R. Gonzales had a game-high 24 for the Coyotes, while Clayton Stokes added 11.