RIO RANCHO – Lower seeds Lordsburg and Navajo Pine joined the top two seeds, Texico and Navajo Prep, in the semifinals of the Class 2A girls state basketball tournament.
In Tuesday’s quarterfinals at the Santa Ana Star Center, Lordsburg upset Mora and Navajo Pine downed Santa Rosa.
Top-seeded Texico rolled over Penasco and No. 2 seed Navajo Prep did the same to Tularosa. Texico and Lordsburg meet in the first semifinal, Thursday at 8 a.m. at the Star Center. The Navajos, Pine and Prep, meet at 11:30 a.m. The championship game is 4 p.m. Friday at the Pit.
LORDSBURG 70, MORA 66: The Lady Mavericks got the day started with an impressive come-from-behind victory.
The Rangers were up 15 late in the third quarter before Lordsburg began the long climb back.
Although the Lady Mavericks were only 4-of-17 from beyond the arc, two of those three successful treys came late in the game from senior guard Aimee Chavez.
Chavez led fifth-seeded Lordsburg (19-6) with 18 points.
Mora, the No. 4 seed, had four players in double figures, led by Melanie Romo with 15 points.
The Rangers finished 22-7; they turned the ball over 31 times Tuesday.
NAVAJO PREP 54, TULAROSA 27: The second-seeded Eagles led at one point 34-8 in a very comfortable victory against the outmatched Wildcats.
The defense of Navajo Prep (19-6) dictated most everything. The Eagles forced a harried Tularosa team into 24 turnovers in the first half, and 35 for the game.
Senior forward Nicole Crisp, sister of coach Rainy Crisp, made all four of her 3-point attempts and led Navajo Prep with 18 points.
Hanna Syling had 11 to pace the seventh-seeded Wildcats (18-10), who shot just 21 percent from the field for the game.
TEXICO 53, PENASCO 31: The two-time defending state champions got off to a quick start and cruised past the Panthers.
The Wolverines quickly built a double-digit lead on the Panthers, who had the only losing record among the 2A quarterfinalists.
Junior post Kaitlin Luscombe was 8-of-12 from the floor and led Texico with 17 points.
Junior guard Victoria Richards added 12 points, including three 3-pointers.
Penasco (14-16) was led by Chelsea Visarraga, who had nine points.
NAVAJO PINE 54, SANTA ROSA 45: The Warriors made seven 3-pointers in their win, keyed by a strong second quarter.
Kamber Richards was 3-of-4 from beyond the arc for Navajo Pine (25-6), the No. 6 seed.
The third-seeded Lions finish the season 21-8. Renae Roybal had 19 points to lead Santa Rosa.