State Tournament Seedings: Sundevils Stay at Home
By George Morse Sports and Outdoors
The New Mexico Activities Association released the seedings for the New Mexico State Basketball tournament Sunday for both the girls and boys tournament.
GIRLS Class 5A:
The Española Valley Lady Sundevils had spent most of the season out of the top eight teams in the Class 5A state rankings. A strong finish by the Lady Sundevils, who won the District 2-5A championship, paid off for Española. The Lady Sundevils received a seventh seed and will get to host an opening–round game of the Class 5A state tournament Friday (3/2) at Española. Their opponent will be 10th-seeded Belen High School.
The Lady Sundevils finished 15-11 on the season and 8-1 in District 2-5A. Belen finished the season with a 15-14 record and was 5-6 in District 5-5A. During the season, Belen defeated Española 38-32 Jan. 11 at Española.
Girls Class 4A
Pojoaque Valley High School finished the regular season with a fine 21-5 record .The Elkettes were 8-3 in District 2-4A and all of their losses came at the hands of District 2-4A champion Robertson High School. Pojoaque received a seventh seed and will face 10th-seeded Cobre High School Friday at Pojoaque. Cobre was 15-10 on the season and 5-3 in District 3-4A.
Pojoaques Shania Thronas scores against West Las Vegas. The Elkettes received the seventh seed in the Class 4A state basketball tournament and will face Cobre High School Friday in Pojoaque. (Photo courtesy of Marcos Herrera).
The Elkettes defeated Cobre during the regular season 66-44 Dec. 27 in the opening round of the St. Michael’s tournament in Santa Fe
Ironically, should Pojoaque beat Cobre, the Elkettes will likely face Robertson again. The second-seeded Lady Cardinals face 15th-seeded Taos in the opening round Friday at Las Vegas.
PHOTO MGH 5193 Pojoaque’s Dallas Archibald goes in for a layup against West Las Vegas. The Elkettes defeated the Lady Dons in the District 2-4A semifinals (Photo courtesy of Marcos Herrera).
Girls Class 3A
Dulce High School won the District 2-3A championship with a 7-1 record. The Lady Hawks were 18-8 on the season. Dulce received the seventh seed and will host 10th-seeded Cuba High School Friday in Dulce. Cuba was 18-9 on the season. The Lady Rams were the District 6-3A champions with an 8-1 record.
McCurdy Charter School finished the regular season with a 19-10 record. The Lady Bobcats finished second in District 2-3A with a 5-2 record and received an 11th seed. They will travel to Tularosa High School to play the Lady Wildcats Friday. Tularosa is seeded sixth. The Lady Wildcats were 18-7 on the season and took first place in District 4-3A with a 7-2 record.
Pecos High School rolled through a weak District 3-3A, taking the District title with an 8-0 record. The Lady Panthers were 23-4 overall and received an eighth seed. They will face District 3-3A rival Tierra Encantada School, who was seeded ninth. The Lady Alacranes (Scorpions) were 18-7 on the season and 5-3 in District 3-3A.
Girls Class 2A
Penasco High School finished the regular season with a fine 23-4 record and rolled to the District 5-2A title with a 9-0 record. The Lady Panthers received the third seed in Class 2A. They will face District 5-2A rival Questa High School Friday at Penasco. Questa was 13-15 on the season and 5-5 in District 5-2A.
Escalante High School was 12-13 on the season and took third place in District 5-2A with a 5-5 record. The Lady Lobos received the 15th seed and will travel to Mescalero High School in the opening round. Mescalero is seeded second and has an impressive 26-1 record. Mescalero won the District 3-2A title with an 8-0 record.
Girls Class A
The Coronado High School Lady Leopards won the District 1-1A title with a 4-0 record and were 20-7 on the season. Coronado is seeded fifth and will host 12th-seeded Vaughn High School Friday in Gallina. Vaughn was 11-10 during the regular season and 4-3 in District3-1A.
BOYS Class 5A
The Española Valley High School boys basketball team has been ranked at the top of Class 5A most of the season and it was no surprise that they received the first seed in Class 5A. The Sundevils finished the regular season with a sparkling 25-1 record and won the District 2-5A championship with a 9-0 record. Their only loss was to Class 6A Rio Rancho High School.
Top-seeded Española will face 16th seeded Valencia High School Saturday in Española. Valencia finished the season with an 8-19 record and was 1-7 in District 5-5A.
Boys Class 3A
Pecos High School, the defending Class 3A state champion, finished the regular season with a 24-3 record. The Panthers won the District 3-3A championship with a 9-0 record. Pecos received the third seed and will play 14th-seeded Rehoboth Christian High School Saturday in Pecos. Rehoboth was 15-11 on the season and 5-3 in District 1-3A.
The McCurdy Charter School Bobcats finished the season strong, avenging earlier losses in District 2-3A with victories over Dulce High School and Santa Fe Prep School.
The Bobcats finished the regular season 18-8 and won the District 2-3A championship with a 6-2 record. Unfortunately, since they finished in second place in the District 2-3A standings during the regular season they could not be seeded higher than Santa Fe Prep, who had finished first. McCurdy received the 10th seed and will travel to Tularosa High School to face the Wildcats Saturday. Tularosa was 17-7 on the season and 9-0 in District 4-3A.
McCurdy’s Raul Arroyo puts up a shot against Dulce. The Bobcats defeated the Hawks in the District 2-3A semifinals. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post
McCurdy’s Kemmer Croff goes to the basket against Dulce. Photo by George Morse for the Valley Daily Post
Dulce High School finished third in District 2-3A with a 3-5 record. The Hawks were 12-15 on the season. Dulce received the 15th seed and will travel to second-seeded Estancia High School to face the Bears Saturday. Estancia was 26-1 on the season and were District 6-3A champions with an 8-0 record.
Boys Class 2A
The Mora High School Rangers earned the fourth seed in Class 2A after a 20-7 season and winning the District 5-2A championship with a 9-0 record. Mora will take on 13th-seeded Alamo Navajo High School Saturday. Alamo Navajo finished the regular season 15-12. They finished third in District 2-2A with a 6-5 record.
Escalante High School took second place in District 5-2A with a 7-3 record and overall the Lobos were 14-13 on the season. Escalante is seeded 10th and will travel to Tatum High School to take on the Coyotes. Tatum was 16-8 on the season and were 4-2A champions with a 6-1 record.
Mesa Vista High School, the third team from District 5-2A to be seeded in the Class 2A state tournament, was 13-15 on the season. The Trojans were third in District 5-2A with a 5-5 record. Mesa Vista will play second-seeded Fort Sumner High School Saturday in Fort Sumner. The Foxes were 20-6 on the season and were the District 6-2A champions with 7-0 record.
Boys Class A
Coronado High School finished the season with a 9-17 record and finished third in District 1-1A with a 4-6 record. The Leopards will face third-seeded Reserve High School Saturday. Reserve was 21-6 on the season. The Mountaineers were the District 2-1a regular season champions but lost to Quemado High School 51-48 in the District 2-1A tournament championship game.