Foxes, Vixens sweep past Elida

PNT Staff

FORT SUMNER — Junior forward Jeremy Gaunana scored 22 points Friday night as Fort Sumner posted a season high in points in an 85-63 District 3-1A win over Elida.
The Foxes (13-6, 3-1 district) outscored Elida 27-11 in the third quarter to break away from a 35-35 halftime tie.
Junior guard Derek Dimitroff was the only other Fort Sumner player in double figures with 15 points, but seven other Foxes finished with between five and eight points.
The Tigers (11-7, 1-2) put four players in double figures, led by senior Dylan Radcliff with 19 points.
Meantime, the unbeaten Fort Sumner girls (19-0, 4-0) took over sole possession of the district lead with a 56-29 win over Elida.
Senior guard Sandy Fortner scored 17 points for the Vixens, while senior forward Lindsey Mansell added 14 and senior point guard Leslie Wood chipped in 11.
Fort Sumner held the Lady Tigers (12-6, 2-1) to eight field goals for the game.
Sophomore guard Alicia Cross-Smith topped Elida with seven points.

Dora-Melrose — At Melrose, the host Buffaloes got three 3-pointers and 22 points from junior guard Carlos Ruiz in a 72-50 District 3-1A boys victory over the Coyotes.
Dora (5-15, 0-3) led 16-15 after one quarter, but was outscored 44-22 over the next two stanzas as Melrose (14-4, 3-0) took control.
Senior post Caleb Dodd added 17 points while guards Jeremy Weese and Cedar Rush chipped in 10 apiece. Junior forward Tyler Wilhoit scored 12 points to lead the Coyotes.
Melrose also took the girls matchup, winning 54-41 behind 15 points from freshman guard Ta’Neil Roberts and 10 from sophomore guard Lauren Widner.
The Lady Buffaloes (9-10, 2-1) led just 24-23 at halftime, but pulled away with a 13-5 scoring advantage in the final quarter.
Senior guard Jena Bilberry scored nine points for the Lady Coyotes (8-10, 0-3).

Floyd-Tucumcari — In non-district girls action at Tucumcari, sophomore guard Samantha Montano converted four consecutive free throws in the final minute to break a tie and lift the host Lady Rattlers to a 42-38 victory over Floyd.
Junior center Jamie Jones led all scorers with 25 points for Tucumcari (8-8). The Lady Rattlers outscored Floyd 13-7 in the third quarter to erase a four-point halftime deficit.
Senior Noel Carpenter led for the Lady Broncos (8-12), finishing with nine points.
Tucumcari’s boys overcame a one-point deficit by outscoring Floyd 15-2 in the second quarter and the Rattlers went on to a 62-40 victory.
Senior guard Matthew Braziel had 19 points and junior forward Eric Holt added 17 for Tucumcari (9-9). Junior guard Jerrod Long led the Broncos (10-10) with 12 points.

Boys
District 3-1A
Melrose 72, Dora 50
Dora (5-15, 0-3) —
Travis Belcher 9, Payton Terry 6, Tyler Wilhoit 12, Efrain Lopez 5, J.R. Gonzales 6, Clay Smith 2, Brent Hays 4, Austin Prewett 2, Travis Field 4. Totals 21 6-13 50.
Melrose (14-4, 3-0) — Spenser Johnson 3, Jeremy Weese 10, Carlos Ruiz 22, Cedar Rush 10, Tyler Tatum 4, Caleb Dodd 17, Jason Runyan 6. Totals 29 9-11 72.
Dora 16 14 8 12 — 50
Melrose 15 25 19 13 — 72
3-pointers — Dora (2): Belcher, Lopez. Melrose (5): Ruiz 3, Weese 2. JV score — Melrose 58, Dora 56.

Fort Sumner 85, Elida 63
Elida (11-7, 1-2) —
Dylan Radcliff 19, Thomas West 14, Tom Sullivan 10, Wesley Gilmore 15, Trenton Chenault 5. Totals 20 22-37 63.
Fort Sumner (13-6, 3-1) — Jeremy Gauna 22, Brenton Williamson 7, Ryan Fikany 8, Byron Wilson 2, Tim Segura 8, Ross Cortese 5, Matthew Sena 5, Richard Canales 6, Matt West 6, Cass Dimitroff 1, Derek Dimitroff 15. Totals 28 26-40 85.
Elida 11 24 11 17 — 63
Fort Sumner 16 19 27 23 — 85
3 pointers — Elida (1): Chenault. Fort Sumner (3): Gauna, Sena, Williamson.

Non-district
Tucumcari 62, Floyd 40
Floyd (10-10) —
Jason Martinez 5, Kyle Kropf 5, Manny Carrillo 2, Jonathan Mitchell 2, Bryan Johnson 7, Jerrod Long 12, Eric Padilla 3, Brad Lee 4.
Tucumcari (9-9) — Matthew Braziel 19, Nemi Salvador 3, Eric Holt 17, Jermey Lopez 6, Nathan McDonald 9, Chis McCasland 5, Robert Munoz 3.
Floyd 12 2 12 14 — 40
Tucumcari 11 15 19 17 — 62
3-pointers — n/a.

Girls
District 3-1A
Melrose 54, Dora 41
Dora (8-10, 0-3) —
Jennifer Bolin 4, Teqarney O’Connor 4, D’Shawn Pettigrew 7, Jena Bilberry 9, Yesenia Jacquez 1, Rana Terry 6, Kassandra Clark 8, Audra Pinkston 2. Totals 13 15-30 41.
Melrose (9-10, 2-1) — Janea Eshelman 9, Schuyler Cochran 5, Ta’Neil Roberts 15, Audrey Hemminger 5, Kelly Fish 2, Lauren Widner 10, Jamie Dickerman 8. Totals 18 18-39 54.
Dora 5 18 13 5 — 41
Melrose 13 11 17 13 — 54
3-pointers — none. JV score — Melrose 34, Dora 20.

Fort Sumner 56, Elida 29
Elida (12-6, 2-1) —
Alicia Cross-Smith 7, Casey Ford 2, Lindsey Ward 2, Kodi Armitage 3, Amber Griffin 2, Adrienne Coe 4, Lindsey Smith 5, Shlie Anthony 4. Totals 8 10-15 29.
Fort Sumner (19-0, 4-0) — Kelly Fortner 2, Kayla Britain 6, Leslie Wood 11, Tobea Patterson 4, Sandy Fortner 17, Lindsey Mansell 14, DeLane Luce 2. Totals 18 19-27 56.
Elida 7 9 3 10 — 29
Fort Sumner 18 15 14 9 — 56
3-pointers — Elida (3): Armitage, Cross-Smith, Smith. Fort Sumner (1): Mansell. JV score — Fort Sumner 38, Elida 18.

Non-district
Floyd (8-12) —
Brandi Paiz 2, Kelli Johnson 2, Rebecca Blue 2, Blair Jaramillo 5, Noel Carpenter 9, Darcee Chenault 6, Jewlie Paiz 2.
Tucumcari (8-8) — Jamie Jones 25, Whitney Spinks 3, Samantha Montano 5, Brandi Arenas 4, Reyna Banuelos 5.
Floyd 8 14 7 9 — 38
Tucumcari 8 10 13 11 — 42
3-pointers — n/a.