The Dora Coyotes boys’ basketball season came to a close on Thursday night after they lost 63-51 to the Melrose Buffaloes in Dora. The loss came in the semi-finals of the District 3-1A tournament.
The Coyotes were coming off a close victory over the Elida Tigers on Tuesday night, 60-57 in the district tournament. The Coyotes, who will lose three players to graduation, finished the season with an 18-10 record while the Buffaloes, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, improved to 17-9 and will play the top-seeded Fort Sumner Foxes in Fort Sumner on Saturday in the district championship game.
“It was a real physical, emotional, up-tempo game,” Thatcher said. “The play on the inside was real physical. I think it worked to their advantage more than to ours. I’m really proud of our kids.”
Dora coach Ty Thatcher said the Coyotes dug themselves a hole they could not get out of. Thatcher said Melrose’ Carlos Ruiz hit three 3-pointers towards the end of the half to give the Buffaloes a nine-point lead.
“In the first half they (Melrose) shot lights out,” Thatcher said. “They hit seven 3-pointers in the first half. Our kids came out and had an 8-0 run in the third quarter but it was as close as we could get.”
Thatcher said they were forced to go to a box-and-one defense in the first half to try to stop the Buffs’ hot shooting.
Thatcher said during the regular season the Coyotes defeated Melrose on game-winning shots.
The Coyotes’ scoring was led by their inside attack of Tyler Wilhoit and Austin Pruitt. Wilhoit finished with 15 points and Pruitt tallied 13 for Dora.
Ruiz finished with four three-pointers and led the Buffaloes with 24 points while Tyler Tatum chipped in 13.
TexAnns tally 90 points in victory over ENMU
STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Junior Katie Crawford led a balanced attack with a game-high 22 points as Tarleton State stayed tied for the Lone Star Conference South lead by beating Eastern New Mexico University 90-62 Thursday on Senior Night.
West Texas A&M and Tarleton State will play Saturday in Stephenville for the LSC South regular-season title.
Heather Brown led the Zias with 17 points and Tiana Bryant added 13 points and seven rebounds.
The TexAnns (19-7, 11-2) jumped out to a 13-3 lead thanks to 3-pointers by Crawford, Kimberly Smith and Amanda Franklin. Isha Brown added two free throws and Smith a bucket to put the TexAnns up by 10 with 16:59 left in the first period.
Tarleton pushed the lead to 40-13 with a little under six minutes left in the half Crawford hit another shot from beyond the arc.
The Zias (10-17 overall, 2-11 LSC South) used an 18-2 run in the last five minutes of the first half to pull within 11 before Franklin hit a three from the left corner of the floor at the buzzer.
The TexAnns put the game out of reach with an 11-2 run midway through the second half.
Franklin finished with 16 points. Franklin and Iveta Griffin led the team with seven rebounds apiece as Tarleton outrebounded the visitors 43-29 in the contest.