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Eldorado’s Duree has the right long-distance plan

District tournament week around the metro area got off to an jaw-dropping start.

For that, give credit to Eldorado senior guard Caitlin Duree and her marksmanship.

“It was really spectacular,” Duree said.

Duree buried a 70-foot desperation shot at the buzzer Tuesday night, as the Eagles shocked La Cueva 66-64 in a playoff game to determine District 2-5A’s top seed.

“I hit a shot I probably never would have hit in my life,” Duree said. “I’ve hit a few from half court, but never that far back.”

The Eagles (20-5) trailed 64-63 after Mandy Perea of La Cueva (17-8) made two free throws with 1.7 seconds remaining.

Eldorado had no timeouts. The ball was inbounded to Duree. She had time for a quick dribble and a heave.

At the other end, it banked through.

“I didn’t know if it counted or not, because I didn’t know if I got it off on time,” she said. “It was unreal. Like, oh my God, ‘Did that really just happen?’ ”

CLEVELAND 67, RIO RANCHO 66 (OT): At Rio Rancho, the Storm (8-19), which lost by 10 and 22 points to the Rams (13-14) during district, upset its rival in District 1-5A’s first-round contest.

ATRISCO HERITAGE 53, HIGHLAND 51: At Atrisco, Maylena King had 15 points as the Jaguars (7-18) won a District 5-5A first-round game.

RIO GRANDE 58, WEST MESA 36: At Rio Grande, freshman Daniela Ortega had 26 points for the Ravens (10-15) in a 5-5A first-rounder.


VOLCANO VISTA 57, CLEVELAND 47: At Rio Rancho, the Hawks (17-8) earned the No. 1 seed for the 1-5A tournament as they beat the Storm (20-7) for the third time in two weeks.

Senior guard Seth Warfield led Volcano with 22 points.

RIO RANCHO 59, CIBOLA 55: At Cibola, the Rams earned a crucial victory for state seeding purposes, as junior guard Brady Patterson led the way with 28 points.

MANZANO 62, LA CUEVA 61: At Manzano, the Monarchs (12-13) kept their postseason hopes alive and ended the Bears’ season with a win in 2-5A’s first round.

HIGHLAND 81, RIO GRANDE 64: At Highland, the Hornets got 20 points from Ryan Wicketts and won a District 5-5A first-round matchup. Highland (17-8) plays host to West Mesa today in the second round.

WEST MESA 66, ALBUQUERQUE 62: At West Mesa, Josh Platero led the Mustangs (15-10) with 20 points in a 5-5A first-round game.