Dora teams eye first wins in District 3-1A

PNT Staff

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The Dora Lady Coyotes (4-8) fell to the Fort Sumner Vixens 58-35 Tuesday in their District 3-1A opener. D’Shawn Pettigrew led the Lady Coyotes with 15 points.
“She’s (Pettigrew) usually not our leading scorer,” Dora coach Bill Stockton said. “She’s usually our leading assister. Jaci Sant, Kassandra Clark and Jena Bilberry are all capable of scoring in double figures. They just weren’t able to put the ball in the hole against Fort Sumner.”
Dora plays old district nemesis Tatum Friday before traveling to Vaughn Saturday
“It’s the longest two trips (Fort Sumner and Vaughn) for us in district play,” Stockton said. “They’ve (Vaughn) struggled in our district. I don’t think they’ve won a game since they moved to our district.”
The Dora boys (2-10) also dropped their district opener Tuesday at Fort Sumner, 65-46. Coach Ty Thatcher believes, as Stockton does, that the competition from Vaughn doesn’t compare with the other district foes.
“It’s a dramatic drop in the level of opposition (between Tatum and Vaughn),” Thatcher said. “I haven’t seen them play but I’ve seen their scores against other teams and they don’t seem to have much offensive production.”
Thatcher said the Coyotes have used this season as a rebuilding and learning season, but he believes they can match up with district opponents on any given night.
“We’re looking to get some confidence and get some experience against Vaughn,” Thatcher said. “I don’t think there’s a clear favorite in the district. In this district there’s going to be three or four teams battling for the top spot.”

Floyd at Fort Sumner
The Floyd boys notched an easy 74-56 win over Elida Tuesday night, giving them a 1-0 mark going into Friday’s game at Fort Sumner.
“We’re going to have to play a lot better than we did tonight,” Broncos coach Gillespie said. “They’ve got a lot of height.”
The Lady Broncos forced overtime with defending district champion Elida before losing 47-44, but the road doesn’t get any easier for Floyd (9-8, 0-1).
“Fort Sumner’s a good team — they’re a lot like Elida,” Lady Broncos coach Sean Wootton said. “They’re really well-coached and they have a lot of athleticism. They’re going to be a little quicker.”

Elida at Melrose
While Elida has a lot of turnover from last season’s roster, it’s a different kind of turnover they’re concerned with right now.
The Lady Tiger offense turned the ball over 24 times in Tuesday’s game, and Howard knows that number will have to go down for Elida (8-7, 1-0) to be successful.
Elida will also have to deal with better height than seen at Floyd. Melrose has a pair of six-footers in Audrey Hemminger and Allison Cochran.
“Melrose is going to be tough; we know we’re going to have to play really well,” Howard said. “They’ve got two big girls inside, they’ve got good post play. We’re going to have to go out there and play a good game.”
Compiled by PNT sports writer Kevin Wilson and PNT staff writer Tony Parra.