Elida marches past Magdalena

Staff and wire reports

RIO RANCHO — Lindsey Bob Smith scored 14 points and eighth-grader Reavis Best supplied clutch free-throw shooting Tuesday to lead Elida to a 45-33 victory over Magdalena in the girls Class 1A quarterfinals.

“I felt the team had some first-game jitters,” Elida coach Dan Howard said. “It wasn’t pretty, but we got it done.”

The Tigers (23-4) never trailed, outscoring Magdalena 25-16 over the middle two periods to take a 12-point lead into the final eight minutes.

The Steers (21-7) pulled to within 37-30 on Natalia Montoya’s free throw midway through the fourth quarter, but Best converted 5-of-6 free throws late in the game as the Tigers held on for the win.

Howard said the Tigers were concerned about Magdalena’s outside shooting.

“We came in wanting to play aggressive defense and not allow them to get open looks,” Howard said. “At times, we were a little too aggressive, which got us into foul trouble.”

Elida advanced to play Cliff or Des Moines in the Thursday’s semifinals.

Montoya led Magdalena with 13 points.

Hagerman eliminates Vixens

RIO RANCHO — Krystle Peralta scored 25 points, leading Hagerman to a 50-39 win over Fort Sumner in the girls Class 1A quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Hagerman pulled away in a close game and erased a one-point deficit after the third period. Kayla Dunnahoo made 5-of-6 from the free throw line and collected key rebounds when the Bobcats (24-4) needed them most in the closing minutes.

Dunnahoo scored all seven of her points in the final 4:40 in the fourth quarter.
Hagerman will meet the Cimarron-Tatum winner in Thursday semifinals.

Alex Owens led Fort Sumner (18-8) with 14 points before fouling out with 1:28 to play.

“Too many turnovers, and fouls got huge at the end,” Fort Sumner coach Joel Wood said. “It was a huge season and nobody expected us to get here, so we’re disappointed right now.”

Fort Sumner had a 34-26 lead with one minute to go in the third quarter until Peralta started to heat up.

Peralta nailed a 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining in the third, and hit another with 5:55 remaining in the fourth to tie the game at 34-34.

Owens hit a 3-pointer with 4:55 left to play to give the Vixens a 37-36 lead, but they didn’t score again until 22 seconds were left in the game.