Texico wins tilt of defending state champs

Wolverines never headed, cruise to win over Fort Sumner


The marquee would’hve looked spectacular, if there was one, outside of ENMU’s Greyhound Arena in Portales:

Tonight, defending Class 1A state champion Fort Sumner takes on defending Class 2A state champion Texico.

Only one team stood tall, however, on Friday night and that was Texico (11-0) – as the Wolverines repeated an EPAC semifinal victory over the Foxes a year ago by trouncing Fort Sumner 64-29. The victors raced to a 14-2 lead, near the end of the first quarter, to establish the mode of the contest. 


 “I thought we knew exactly what they were going to do. They were going to pressure the ball as much as they possibly could and try to create turnovers off their press,” Texico coach Richard Luscombe said. “That was one of three things we had to do: Handle their pressure, execute offensively and execute defensively.”

For the record, Luscombe thought his team accomplished two of the three goals. It was Texico’s defense he wasn’t entirely pleased about in a post-game interview.

Fort Sumner (7-5) trimmed the early deficit down to seven when Kolter West connected on a 10-foot jumber with 6:08 left in the second quarter. 




Texico senior Kyle Boatman, however, answered with a close-range bucket. Following field goals by the Foxes’ Skylar McMath and the Wolverines’ Seth Bailey, to make the score 19-11, Texico then went on a 9-3 run to extend the lead.

McMath was the Foxes’ leader with 8 points while Kolter West and Cameron Simmons added seven apiece.

It was Bailey, the game’s leading scorer with 25 points, who put the hurt on Fort Sumner during a 10-2 streak that lasted from the end of the second quarter over the opening minutes of the third. The Texico senior repeatedly worked his way inside for looks near the basket – which he almost always converted.


 “We watched them play Thursday night (against Dora) and they liked to push the ball just like us,” said Bailey, whose output was supplemented by 10 points from Mitchell Harrison. “We knew it was going to be an up-and-down the court physical game.”

Bailey said the Wolverines were ready for the challenge.

“We’re very comfortable in our running game,” he said. “They like to run, so we were comfortable running with them.” 

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