State tournament capsules — March 13


No. 3 Portales vs. No. 2 Lovington

What: Class 3A state semifinals

When: 8 a.m. today at The Pit, Albuquerque

Records: Portales 23-4, Lovington 24-4

How they got here: Portales beat Santa Fe Indian 63-60; beat Sandia Prep 49-42. Lovington, beat Socorro 64-37; beat St. Michael’s 48-32 .

Winner: Faces winner of No. 4 Hope Christian and No. 1 Shiprock in Friday’s final.

Regular season: Lovington holds a 3-1 edge in game between the District 4-3A rivals, having won the last three.

By the numbers: Lovington has won 16 of its last 17 games.


No. 6 Floyd vs. No. 2 Cliff

What: Class 1A state semifinals

When: 3 p.m. today at Bernalillo H.S.

Records: Floyd 20-8, Cliff 28-1

How they got here: Floyd, beat Hagerman 49-42; beat Melrose 48-38. Cliff, beat Capitan 52-15; beat Springer 50-41.

Winner: Faces winner of No. 5 Logan and No. 1 Tatum, 6:30 p.m. in Saturday’s final.

By the numbers: Cliff has won 26 straight games


No. 5 Carrizozo vs. No. 1 Elida

What: Class B semifinals

When: 11:30 a.m. today at Bernalillo H.S.

Records: Carrizozo 15-12, Elida 18-9

How they got here: Carrizozo beat Mosquero 32-26. Elida beat Walatowa Charter 80-41

Winner: Faces winner of No. 6 Grady vs. No. 2 Corona in Friday’s final.

Fast fact: Elida is the only team to beat Class 1A top-seed Tatum this season.


— Compiled by Rick White

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