Dora goes overtime for first district win

Freedom Newspapers

DORA — The Dora Coyotes survived late heroics from Tom Sullivan and used the trio of Casey O’Connor, Austin Prewett and Tyler Wilhoit to slide past Elida in its District 3-1A opener.

O’Connor and Prewett both scored 20, while Wilhoit added 12 in a 61-57 overtime win. The win negated the efforts of Sullivan, who led Elida with 16 points and sent the game to overtime with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Elida missed a chance to tie late and Dora (11-6, 1-0) got the rebound in the final seconds. A foul was called on Elida, but Dora coach Ty Thatcher said the call was overturned and ruled a traveling violation.

The Tigers got the second chance and Sullivan drilled the long-range bomb to tie it at 45-45.

Dora outscored Elida 39-28 in the second half after Elida opened up a 29-22 halftime lead.

“We trailed throughout the whole game,” Thatcher said, “then took the lead with about two minutes left, then it turned into a free-throw contest.”

Caleb Widner added 13 and Ever Varela 10 for the Tigers.

Girls

Elida 54, Dora 40

Jewlie Paiz and Lindsey Bob Smith scored 13 each, and Elida rode an 18-6 first quarter to the easy victory.

Rana Terry had 10, while Kendra Merrick scored nine for the Lady Coyotes.

Vixens 51, Floyd 41
FORT SUMNER — Julie Wood scored 13 to lead three Vixens in double figures, and Fort Sumner defeated Floyd 55-41 in the District 3-1A opener for both teams.

Amber Sena scored 11 and Alex Owens 10 for the Vixens (8-5, 1-0), which sealed matters early with a 24-8 second quarter.

Darcee Chenault scored 10 to lead Floyd (7-7, 0-1), while Becca Blue added seven.

Boys
Fort Sumner 73, Floyd 33
Jeremy Gauna scored 17 to lead a balanced Fox effort, and host Fort Sumner jumped out to a 41-10 halftime lead on the Broncos.

Brenton Williamson added 11 and four other players scored at least eight for the Foxes (10-3, 1-0).

Floyd (6-9, 0-1) was led by Brad Lee’s 10 points and Jesus Davalos’ eight.