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Class 5A Girls: Eldorado, Volcano Vista Move On


RIO RANCHO — Eldorado beat Cleveland despite blowing an 18-point lead. Clovis mercy-ruled Carlsbad. Volcano Vista pulled away in the fourth quarter from Cibola. And Hobbs upset Mayfield on Tuesday in the first round of the Class 5A girls state basketball tournament at the Santa Ana Star Center.
The Wildcats thumped district rival Carlsbad in the quarterfinals, while the Hawks had a late run to put away their district rivals, the Cougars. Hobbs edged Mayfield.
In the first semifinal on Thursday at the Star Center, Volcano Vista meets Clovis at 4:45  p.m. That is followed at 6:30 by Hobbs against Eldorado

No. 1 ELDORADO 54, No. 9 CLEVELAND 42: The Eagles lost all of an 18-point lead in the second half, but a late 10-0 surge pushed 5A’s top-ranked team into the semifinals opposite Hobbs.
Eldorado (26-1) led 36-18 two minutes into the third quarter when the Storm (15-14) began its rally.
Cleveland, in fact, turned the tables a bit on the Eagles, by doing to Eldorado what Eldorado usually does to everyone else — turning them over and scoring points in droves.
The Storm went on a 13-0 run to end the third quarter to cut the deficit to 38-34, and eventually squared things at 40 on Caitlyn Espinosa’s layup with 5:49 left in the game.
Gina Okoye of Eldorado had a part in the Eagles’ next eight points. She hit two free throws, blocked a Sara Hattis shot that led to a mid-range jumper by Jessia DePoy, and a steal led to a bucket by Tarah Ashmore.
Okoye had 14 points, six rebounds and five steals — all team highs — for Eldorado.
Hattis finished with 16 points and six boards in her last appearance in Cleveland colors.
— James Yodice

CLEVELAND (15-14): Karlie Peck 7, Amorette Garcia 2, Xan Ortiz 2, Caitlyn Espinosa 9, Sara Hattis 16, Natalie Medina 4, Maddi Mendoza 2. Totals 16 7-14 42.
ELDORADO (26-1): Christine Martinez 2, Chelsea Nelson 6, Sarah Mickelsen 2, Gemma Biasetto 6, Gina Okoye 14, Tarah Ashmore 8, Kylie Coffman 6, Jessica DePoy 8, Kerstin Strong 2. Totals 26 2-3 54.
Cleveland  11   5  18   8 — 42
Eldorado   16  16   6  16 — 54
3-point goals: C 3 (Peck 2, Espinosa); E 0. Total fouls: C 12; E 11. Rebounds: C 19 (Hattis 6); E 32 (Okoye 6). Assists: C 6 (Garcia, Ortiz 2); E 8 (Martinez 2). Turnovers: C 24; E 22.


No. 3 VOLCANO VISTA 54, No. 11 CIBOLA 33: The Cougars led this game in the final minute of the third quarter, but the Hawks (26-1) used a pair of 13-0 runs over the final 8 1/2 minutes to advance.
“That’s been our team all season,” Volcano Vista coach Lisa Villareal said. “We’ve been able to turn it on as quick as we did tonight.”
Cibola’s Kim Chapman gave the Cougars (16-12) a 29-28 lead in the final minute of the third quarter on a 3-pointer.
Volcano Vista went on a 13-0 run from there to take control. Hawks’ senior post Schylar Malone, showing no adverse effects of a right foot injury, had six points in that stretch, and Ashley Williams had the last five points.
After two Cibola free throws to make it 41-31, the Hawks went on another 13-0 run.
Malone had 19 points to lead Volcano Vista. She also had four of Volcano Vista’s 23 steals. The Hawks forced Cibola into 30 turnovers.
Senior point guard Emma Fenske had 11 points, six rebounds and five assists for Volcano Vista.
Chapman had 10 points for Cibola. Kassandra Harris added six points and seven rebounds.
— James Yodice

VOLCANO VISTA 54, CIBOLA 33 [Photo Gallery]
CIBOLA (16-12): Kassandra Harris 6, Kim Chapman 10, Caress Simpson 2, Alex De La O 3, Hannah Waufle 6, Dichelle Burrell 2, Jordyn Castellano 2, Alyssa Fason 2. Totals 11 8-9 33.
VOLCANO VISTA (26-1): Laneah Bryan 9, Schylar Malone 19, Ashley Williams 6, Emma Fenske 11, Jacklyn Alfaro 2, Hannah Fenske 6, Bethany Karnopp 1. Totals 19 14-22 54.
Cibola         8   9   12    4 — 33
Volcano Vista 15   8    9   22 — 54
3-point goals: C 3 (Chapman 2, De La O); VV 2 (Bryan, Williams). Total fouls: C 17; VV 11. Technical: VV, Williams. Rebounds: C 35 (Harris 7); VV 25 (E.Fenske 6). Assists: C 2 (Simposon, De La O); VV 9 (E. Fenske 5). Turnovers: C 30; VV 14.

No. 5 HOBBS 39, No. 4 MAYFIELD 35: At the Santa Ana Star Center, the fifth-seeded Eagles (19-11) knocked out the defending state champion Trojans, leading wire to wire and hitting critical free throws in the closing minutes.
Fourth-seeded Mayfield (24-5) was ice-cold early and Hobbs took advantage, building a 19-7 lead early in the second quarter. Daeshi McCants, who scored a game-high 22 points, finally warmed up for the Trojans, but her teammates were unable to provide much help.
Hobbs struggled against Mayfield’s trapping defense in the third quarter, managing just one field goal. The Eagles’ lead was trimmed to 33-32 on a McCants 3-pointer with three minutes left in the game.
But led by Mackenzie Latimer, Tesla Deberry and Danielle Patterson, the Eagles held on. The three combined to score all 12 of Hobbs’ fourth-quarter points, with Patterson going 6-for-6 from the foul line. Latimer led the Eagles with 10 points.

— Ken Sickenger

MAYFIELD (24-5)  Allie Pierce 6, Daeshi McCants 22, Tiffani Lara 4, Alicia Marcus 3. Totals 13-FG 6-14-FT 35.
HOBBS (18-12)  Tesla Deberry 9, Mackenzie Latimer 10, Lizzy Ramirez 5, Danielle Patterson 8, Evyn Gallegos 4, Halle Woods 3. Totals 11-FG 14-18-FT 39.
Mayfield    5       8       10   12—35
Hobbs    13       8       6   12—39
3-Point FG: M 3-10 (McCants 2, Marcus); H 3-12 (Deberry, Latimer 2). Rebounds: M 31 (Pierce 9); H 38 (Ramirez 8). Assists: M 6 (Marcus 2); H 6 (Deberry 2). Team Fouls: M 13; H 14. Fouled Out: none.

No. 2 CLOVIS 77, No. 10 CARLSBAD 40: At Santa Ana Star Center, the second-seeded Wildcats (25-3) used its depth and speed to overwhelm the 10th-seeded Cavegirls (18-11), invoking a running clock midway through the fourth quarter.
Twelve players scored for Clovis, which shot 60 percent from the field and was 8-for-15 from 3-point range. Paige Gardner paced four Wildcats in double figures with 13 points. Danni Williams added 12 points, with Kirsti Shough and Brandi Gomez scoring 11 apiece.
Taylor Edmondson scored 16 points to lead Carlsbad, which fell to Clovis for the third time in as many meetings this season.

— Ken Sickenger

CARLSBAD (18-11)  Britni Jo Smith 5, Taylor Edmondson 16, Shalie McAlister 6, Shannon Niemeier 2, Laura Campos 2, Laney Bryson 2, Kodie Johnson 7. Totals 18-FG 4-7-FT 40.
CLOVIS (25-3)  Niki Cordova 3, Latasha Moon 6, Paige Gardner 13, Kirsti Shough 11, Meagan Bradley 2, Brandi Gomez 11, Danni Williams 12, Aubree Turner 2, Carrie Sharp 2, Kyra Bussen 2, Jenna Sievers 8, Shelby Jones 5. Totals 28-FG 13-16-FT 77.
Carlsbad    6       14       7   13—40
Clovis    17       22       20   18—77
3-Point FG: Ca 0-5; Cl 8-15 (Moon, Shough 3, Gomez 2, Williams 2). Rebounds: Ca 14 (Edmondson 3); Cl 25 (Cordova 4); Assists: Ca 3 (Edmondson 2); Cl 14 (Jones 5). Team Fouls: Ca 11; Cl 15. Fouled Out: none.


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