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Class 1A Girls: No. 1 Elida starts off as expected

BERNALILLO — Elida resumed its quest for an eighth consecutive state championship in good order, handling Cimarron 56-33 on Wednesday in a Class 1A girls quarterfinal contest at Bernalillo High.

The top four seeds are advancing Elida advances to play Des Moines Thursday in semifinal action. Quemado faces Melrose.

No. 1 ELIDA 56, No. 8 CIMARRON 33: Lacy Ferguson scored a team-high 16 points for Elida (23-7), which led 31-16 at half, then stifled Cimarron in a 17-3 third quarter. Kasyn Creighton added 13 points, aided by a 6-for-6 effort from the line. The Tigers made more free throws (20 of 34) than Cimmaron (7 of 15) attempted.

Reina Arguello’s 17 points led Cimarron while Zoe Salazar had 11 rebounds and Olivia Perryman 10. The Rams battled the Tigers evenly on the boards, 34 to Elida’s 35.

Clayton (1983-90) and Kirtland Central (1980-87) are the only two girls programs to have reached eight in a row.

No boys team has ever gone past six straight.

CIMARRON (14-14): Angel Gonzales 5, Zoe Salazar 7, Reina Arguello 17, Samantha Ogata 0, Olivia Perryman 4, Mary Ickes 0, Shaylee Rinde 0, Analiese Malaney 0. 12-56-FG 7-15-FT 33.

ELIDA (23-7): Alyssa Bargas 7, Lacy Ferguson 16, Cambree Bargas 8, Madison Ferguson 0, Kasyn Creighton 13, Maislyn Ferguson 6, Lilly Anthony 0, Megan Falcon 0, Thanya Banda 6. 17-48-FG 20-34-FT 56.

Cimarron 7 9 3 14 — 33

Elida 17 14 17 8 — 56

3-point FGs: C 2 (Salazar, Arguello), E 2 (Bargas, Creighton). Rebounds: C 34 (Salazar 11), E 35 (C. Bargas 9). Assists: C 2 (Gonzales, Salazar), E 9 (A. Bargas 5). Total fouls: C 26, E 21. Fouled out: C, Salazar.

No. 3 QUEMADO 52, No. 11 ROY/MOSQUERO 31: Quemado flipped the script in the second half when it began with a three-point lead.

Siera Green led the Lady Eagles (21-6) with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Mariesa Cohoe also had a double-double for Quemado, as she posted 11 points and 10 rebounds. Quemado pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Roy/Mosquero 17-5.

Freshman Riley Clavel scored a game-high 20 points to lead Roy/Mosquero (16-11), also known as the Lady Blue.

Roy/Mosquero led just once during the game, early in the second quarter, 9-7.

ROY/MOSQUERO (16-11): Kylee Lewis 0, Kyra Maxwell 0, Riley Clavel 20, Baylee Horn 8, Haley King 3, Ammarie Rodriguez 0, Kindal Smith 0. Totals 12-44-FG 7-14-FT 31.

QUEMADO (21-6): Siera Green 17, Angela Lackey 7, Mariesa Cohoe 11, Ashanti Mathis 2, Karley Harriet 4, Jintry Albin 2, Mekisha Martinez 0, Kalei Towner 0, Rosie Martinez 2, Samantha Bryant 7, Rain Carver 0, Kirshawna Cohoe 0. Totals 21-57-FG 9-20-FT 52.

Roy/Mosquero 6 5 5 15 — 31

Quemado 7 7 17 21 — 52

3-point FGs: RM 0, Q 1 (Lackey). Rebounds: RM 23 (Clavel, Horn 7), Q 42 (Green, M. Cohoe 10). Assists: RM 4 (Clavel 3), Q 11 (Lackey 4). Total fouls: RM 18, Q 11. Fouled out: RM, Horn.

 

No. 4 DES MOINES 63, No. 5 CORONADO 47: Makenna Hittson did it all for Des Moines with 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists, nine steals, and even seven turnovers — all team highs. Angie Lopez added 18 points and Grace Hill 12.

Maryann Gonzales’ 10 points led Coronado, which trailed 38-15 at the half.

CORONADO (21-8): Molly McClellan 7, Sol Vigil 6, Alia Vigil 7, Maryann Gonzales 10, Janessa Madrid 9, Lyandra Chacon 0, Jaylene Jacquez 8, Jazmyn Delgado 0. Totals 17-55-FG 8-14-FT 47.

DES MOINES (21-8): Makenna Hittson 21, Grace Hill 12, Nataya Archuleta 4, Angie Lopez 18, Natashia McDonald 6, Allison Guerrero 0, Jacee Sumpter 2, Nancy Gonzales 0, Paiton Owensby 0, Sydney Turner 0, Hadley Miller 0, Felysse Montano 0. Totals 28-64-FG 6-12-FT 63.

Coronado 7 8 16 16 — 47

Des Moines 18 20 14 11 — 63

3-point FGs: C 5 (Gonzales 3), DM 1 (Hittson). Rebounds: C 33 (McClellan 10), DM 32 (Hittson 9). Assists: C 8 (McClellan 3), DM 9 (Hittson 4). Total fouls: C 14, DM 14. Fouled out: C, 5.

No. 2 MELROSE 38, No. 7 GRADY 34: Landry Widner scored 12 points for Melrose (22-7), which defeated Grady for the fourth time. Elissa Martinez led Grady (17-12), which shot 21 percent from the field, with 13 points.

GRADY (17-12) Timia Northcutt 8, Avery Lee 2, Elissa Martinez 13, Leah Starbuck 4, Yara Sotelo 5, Skylar Saul 2. Totals 9-42-FG 15-25-FT 34.

MELROSE (22-7) Hailey Martin 4, Kiki Roybal 2, Landry Widner 12, Natelay Mondragon 8, Brette DeVaney 4, Lakeasey Mondragon 2, Anjalina Sanchez 0, Avette Sanchez 6. Totals 15-43-FG 7-16-FT 38.

Grady 5 8 9 12—34

Melrose 14 6 12 6—38

3-Point FG: G 1 (Martinez); M 1 (Widner); Rebounds: G 28 (Sotelo 8); M 30 (L. Mondragon 8); Assists: G 3 (Lee, Martinez, Sotelo); M 8 (N. Mondragon 4). Team Fouls: G 19; M 21.

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