Friday prep hoops roundup

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Staying sharp

Having already locked up the top seed in the district, the Fort Sumner boys played Morton at Bovina to stay sharp for the district tournament.

The Foxes scored 43 points in the second half and beat Morton 66-47 for their 15th win in a row.

Fort Sumner guard Jeremy Gauna lead all scorers with 21 points. Derek Dimitroff added 15 for the Foxes (21-3).

Top performances

— Melrose senior Carlos Ruiz scored 20 to lead the Buffaloes pas Elida 50-43.

— Texico’s Aaron Vaughan scored 18 in a losing effort as the Wolverines fell to Santa Rosa 49-42.

Girls

Muleshoe loses to Abliene Wylie

Abilene Wylie pulled away from a two-point halftime lead to beat Muleshoe 44-35 on Friday night in a Class 3A area round playoff played at Lubbock Monterey High School.

Wyile, ranked fifth in Class 3A, didn’t pull away until late in the third period. The Lady Mules (15-17) missed the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity with a chance to close within three, and Wylie converted a 3-pointer on the other end.
Brandi Wood and Ashley Dickson were Muleshoe’s high scorers with eight points apiece.

“We played really well; I was pleased with the effort,” Muleshoe girls coach Shana Simms said. “We just missed some shots at key times.”

In other girls games:

— Senior Stephanie Bailey scored 15 points and Texico overcame a two-point halftime deficit to beat Santa Rosa 48-31 at Texico, giving the Lady Wolverines the District 6-2A regular-season title.

Sophomore Faith Martin added 14 points for Texico (20-6, 5-1), which will host the District 6-2A championship game next weekend.

The Lady Wolverines trailed 17-15 at halftime, but outscored the Lady Lions 16-6 in the third quarter to take control.

— Elida finished off a perfect run through District 3-1A with a 49-36 victory over Melrose at Elida.

The Lady Tigers (20-2, 8-0) erased a one-point deficit by outscoring the Lady Buffaloes 16-4 in the second period. Junior Alicia Cross-Smith led Elida’s balanced attack with 12 points, while four other players scored at least eight.
Junior Jamie Dickerman had eight points for Melrose (10-16, 4-4).