Lady Tigers close in on second spot in district

By Dave Wagner

ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers have set themselves up pretty well for the No. 2 spot in District 3-1A. In their next game, they’ll have a shot at No. 1 Fort Sumner.
Elida got 18 points from senior guard Casey Ford Tuesday night and cruised past Floyd 60-36. The Lady Tigers (15-6, 5-1 district) now have a week to get ready for the unbeaten, top-ranked Vixens.
Ford said her team, which lost 56-29 in the earlier meeting at Fort Sumner, will take its best shot when the Vixens come to town.
“I think if we play good and we don’t turn the ball over a lot, we should be all right,” she said.
Elida was never in trouble against the Lady Broncos (8-15, 0-6), who dropped their seventh game in a row. The Lady Tigers built a 20-8 lead after one quarter and continued to add to it until Floyd made a bit of a late run with subs on the court.
“We played really good,” Ford said. “They’re (Lady Broncos) not too bad. We just played good at times.”
Eighth-grader Lindsey Smith added 12 points for Elida. Smith and Ford each had two of the team’s six 3-pointers.
“I thought our intensity was good tonight,” Elida coach Dan Howard said. “We ran our offense good, and played good defense.”
Howard said the Lady Tigers can now turn their attention to Fort Sumner.
“They’re the No. 1 team in the state, and it’s a big game for us,” he said. “If our guards can come out and shoot the ball and take care of it, that’s a big key.”
Junior Darcee Chenault scored 17 points for the Lady Broncos on three 3-pointers and 8-of-8 free throw shooting. Senior Noel Carpenter added 10.
“Elida outhustled us, and they were in control,” said Lady Broncos coach Sean Wootton, whose team was without top subs Rebecca Blue and Blair Jaramillo due to the flu. “Sometimes when things don’t go our way, it kind of determines things for us.”

Floyd boys win in OT — The Broncos converted 8-of-10 free throws in overtime after seeing a 16-point halftime lead slip away and edged Elida 59-55 in the boys matchup.
Tigers freshman Wesley Gilmore sent the game into extra time by hitting a 3-pointer with four seconds left in regulation, capping a 23-10 run for Elida in the final period.
Junior Jerrod Long had three 3-pointers and 20 points for the Broncos (12-11, 3-3), while junior Kyle Kropf added 13 points.
Gilmore led the Tigers (11-10, 1-5) with 19 points, while freshman Trenton Chenault scored 12 points and senior Dylan Radcliff 11.

FTCS wins in Lubbock — Senior guard Luis McCain’s 3-pointer from several feet behind the line with 12 seconds left boosted the Conquerors (11-4) to a come-from-behind road win over Lubbock Home School.
McCain finished with four 3-pointers and 19 points for FTCS. Junior Caleb Richards added 17 points and also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, while teammate Tim Smith had eight.
FTCS closes its season on Thursday with a 6 p.m. home game against Amarillo Bible Heritage, following a girls game at 4:30 p.m.

Boys
District 3-1A
Floyd 59, Elida 55
Floyd (12-11, 3-3) —
Brad Lee 4, Eric Padilla 5, Bryan Johnson 9, Jerrod Long 20, Kyle Kropf 13, Manny Carrillo 3, Jason Martinez 5. Totals 18 16-21 59.
Elida (11-10, 1-5) — Dylan Radcliff 11, Thomas West 4, Tom Sullivan 5, Trenton Chenault 12, Wesley Gilmore 19, Caleb Widener 4. Totals 20 8-13 55.
Floyd 20 12 7 10 10 — 59
Elida 14 2 10 23 6 — 55
3-pointers — Floyd (7): Long 3, Johnson 2, Carrillo, Kropf. Elida (7): Chenault 2, Radcliff 2, Gilmore, Sullivan, Widener. JV score — Floyd 47, Elida 30.

Non-district
FTCS 54, Lubb. Home Sch. 53
Faith Triumphant (11-4) —
Caleb Richards 17, Luis McCain 19, Tim Smith 7, Eric Cathey 5, Seth Pearson 6. Totals 18 13-25 54.
Lubbock Home School — Keaton 9, Howard 3, Kennedy 7, Kennedy 8, Gutierrez 5, Moses 7, Cooper 2, Campbell 12. Totals 21 4-8 53.
FTCS 12 12 21 9 — 54
Home School 14 13 13 13 — 53
3-pointers — Faith Triumphant (5): McCain 4, Cathey 5. Lubbock Home School (7): Kennedy 2, Gutierrez, Howard, Keaton, Kennedy, Moses.

Girls
District 3-1A
Elida 60, Floyd 36
Floyd (8-15, 0-6) —
Kelli Johnson 7, Darcee Chenault 17, Noel Carpenter 10, Jewlie Paiz 2. Totals 8 16-22 36.
Elida (15-6, 5-1) — Nicole Jasso 5, Alicia Cross-Smith 2, Casey Ford 18, Lindsey Ward 2, Kodi Armitage 5, Adrienne Coe 9, Lindsey Smith 12, Shalie Anthony 7. Totals 19 16-24 60.
Floyd 8 7 4 17 — 36
Elida 20 11 11 18 — 60
3-pointers — Floyd (4): Chenault 3, Carpenter. Elida (6): Ford 2, Smith 2, Armitage, Jasso.