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5A Girls: Volcano Vista stuns No. 1 Clovis

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RIO RANCHO — Volcano Vista surprised previously unbeaten Clovis, and Mayfield’s inside game was too much for Cibola in the Class 5A girls state basketball tournament Thursday at the Santa Ana Star Center.
No. 5 VOLCANO VISTA 52, No. 1 CLOVIS 45: The Hawks put an end to the nationally ranked Wildcats’ dreams of an undefeated season, scoring the game’s final eight points, six of those from the line by Deezha Battle.
Volcano Vista (24-6) led 35-22 early in the third quarter before Clovis (29-1) rallied to tie it at 37-all entering the final quarter. The Wildcats twice took leads in the fourth quarter, the last at 45-44 with a minute left. But moments later Raven Williams’ only basket of the game put the Hawks ahead to stay.
“We came into this game knowing we had nothing to lose,” Volcano Vista coach Lisa Villareal said. “They’re No. 1 in state. They’re undefeated.
“They’re ranked 10th in the nation. We had no chance. We knew if we went out there relaxed and played to the best of our ability, good things could happen.”
Good things happened right from the outset as the Hawks jumped to a 7-0 lead. Volcano Vista used a 9-0 run to go up 29-18.
Hannah Fenske scored 16 points with six steals for the Hawks. Danni Williams had 18 for Clovis.
The Wildcats got back in the game thanks to a scrambling press.
“It was a struggle for us,” Fenske said of the third quarter. “Some of the girls on our team, myself included, we saw the lead going down, and I think we started to panic a little bit instead of just calming the game down and playing the way we know how to play.”
Being able to withstand the run showed great composure on the Hawks’ part, she said.
“I think it was a really good effort by all of us to not throw in the towel once they got tied with us,” Fenske said. “I think everyone kept working hard, and we ended up winning the game, which was amazing.”
Clovis opened up in a man-to-man defense and that may have been a mistake, Wildcats coach Jeff Reed said.
“I really thought we could play man-to-man against them,” he said. “But they were tearing us up.”
The effort of getting back in the game may have sapped too much of the Wildcats’ energy.
“We were a little wore out in the fourth quarter because we did it the whole third quarter,” Reed said. “We had so much fight to try and come back, by the fourth quarter some of our fight was gone because we had to use it all just to get back. And every time we got some momentum going, Volcano Vista was able to counter that momentum. I give all the credit to Volcano Vista for not backing down. Every time that they could have folded to us when we got that momentum, they didn’t. They took it right back to us.”
— Glen Rosales

No. 5 VOLCANO VISTA (24-6) 52
Melissa Mancho 0-4 0-0 0, Stacy Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Kavionnia Brown 3-8 0-0- 7, Deezha Battle 2-7 6-6 10, Hannah Fenske 6-13 3-4 16, Bianca Perez 5-13 4-4 8, Raven Herrera 1-4 0-0 2, Luciana Reza 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 18-50 13-14 52.
No. 1 CLOVIS (29-1) 45
Brandi Gomez 2-6 2-5 8, Danii Williams 8-20 0-1 18, Kyleigh Guthals 0-2 0-2 0, Carrie Sharp 1-4 1-1 3, D’lanor Briggins 4-7 0-0 6, Nichele Hyman 1-6 0-0 2, Shelby Jones 3-3 2-2 8. Totals 19-48 5-11 45.
Volcano Vista     16  17   4  15—52
Clovis                12  10  15   8—45
Halftime—Volcano Vista 33-22. 3-point goals—Volcano Vista 3-16 (Perez 1-4, Fenske 1-5, Brown 1-5, Battle 0-2), Clovis 2-14 (Williams 2-8, Hyman 0-3, Gomez 0-2, Guthals 0-1). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Volcano
Vista 24 (Perez 8), Clovis 35 (Williams 9). Assists—Volcano Vista 11 (Fenske 5), Clovis 7 (Williams 4). Total fouls—Volcano Vista 15, Clovis 17.

No. 3 MAYFIELD 52, No. 2 CIBOLA 46: Posts Daeshi McCants and Allie Pierce combined for 26 points, and the Trojans (27-3) used a stout defensive effort to earn a return trip to the Class 5A championship game.
Mayfield crowded the Cougars (25-3) at the 3-point line and Cibola missed on a number of opportunities inside, scoring just 26 points through the first three quarters. Cibola shot 30 percent from the field and was 0-for-10 from long range.
“Pretty darn good,” Trojans coach George Maya said of his team’s defense. “We knew we had to cover (Kim Chapman and Dionnedra Ortiz), because those are their shooters, and we just tried to contest everything inside.”
Meanwhile, McCants and Pierce were effective nearly every time they got the ball in the paint. McCants had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Pierce had 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
“We definitely felt we had a mismatch,” Pierce said. “They had (6-foot-3 Kristin Dearth) on Daeshi, so I always had a smaller player on me. We tried to exploit that.”
Despite its poor shooting, Cibola played good enough defense to stay close until the third quarter. Mayfield never led by more than three points until McCants converted a three-point play to make it 30-24 with 2:09 left in the third.
Another McCants three-point play and a layup by Pierce built the margin to 37-28 early in the fourth.
The Cougars turned to full-court pressure to get back in the game, forcing three straight Mayfield turnovers during an 8-0 run. Dominique Carpenter’s pull-up jumper cut the deficit to 41-40 with 3:26 left.
“We never thought they’d press us,” Maya said. “We prepared for everything except that.”
— Ken Sickenger

No. 3 Mayfield 52, No. 2 Cibola 46
MAYFIELD (27-3) 52
Alissa Rojas 0-0 0-0 0, Scottie Bayles 2-4 3-3 7, Keanna Ward 0-0 0-0 0, Laramie Tesillo 3-8 5-6 12, Alicia Marcus 0-0 1-2 1, Allie Pierce 4-6 5-6 13, Melissa Lucero 2-5 0-0 6, Danae Rosales 0-0 0-0 0, Daehianna McCants 4-10 5-6 13, Jayce Gorzeman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-33 19-23 52.
CIBOLA (25-3) 46
Hailey Hightower 0-0 1-2 1, Dionnedra Ortiz 0-3 2-2 2, Dmitri Fong 2-7 1-4 5, Kim Chapman 3-12 2-2 8, Chanler Carroll 0-0 0-0 0, Sierra Penn 1-5 3-4 5, Kristin Dearth 2-5 1-2 5, Dominique Carpenter 5-14 6-8 16, Corbyn Cunningham 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 15-49 16-24 46.
Mayfield        12    8  12  20—52
Cibola          9  9    8  20—46
3-point goals: M 3-8 (Bayles 0-1, Tesillo 1-1, Lucero 2-4, McCants 0-2); C 0-10 (Ortiz 0-1, Chapman 0-5, Penn 0-1, Carpenter 0-3); Rebounds: M 28 (McCants 11); C 29 (Fong 7). Assists: M 10 (Bayles, Tesillo 4); C 6 (Penn, Carpenter 2). Totals Fouls: M 16; C 19. Fouled out: C Penn.

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