By Marty Mayfield
The Lady Demons traveled a tough road to get to the district championship game in Roy Friday night, February 24th, but the first place Roy/Mosquero Ladies prevailed and kept the district title trophy.
It was defense that held the game scoreless for the first couple of minutes before Riley Clavel sunk a 3-pointer to start the scoring off. The defenses kept the game tight but the Lady Longhorns defense held the Lady Demons at bay allowing them to only score six in the first quarter.
The second quarter saw Des Moines find the bucket from the field but struggle at the line making one of four shots at the line while Roy/Mosquero went better than 50% making five of eight free throws to help keep the lead going into half time.
The second half play saw both defenses tighten things up and put the pressure on with both teams keeping the point spread pretty even throughout the third quarter with neither team making more than 10 points.
Fourth quarter action saw Roy/Mosquero at the free throw line for 17 shots of which they sunk nine. Des Moines on the other hand went two of five at the line and fell short at the final buzzer, taking the runner-up trophy back home.
Des Moines 6 12 10 9 37
Roy/Mosquero 13 16 9 11 49
Des Moines High Point
MaKenna Hittson 15 4 of 6 free throws
Free Throws 9 of 19 attempts
Roy/Mosquero High Point
Riley Clavel 21 5 of 8 free throws
Sherrie Ray 9 2 of 2 free throws
Free Throws 18 of 29 attempts
District 5A Champions Roy/Mosquero Lady Longhorns
Back row Riley Clavel, Haley King, Kendall Smith, Bailey Smith, Mackenzie Lightfoot,
Front Row Kassandra Velarde, Mya Vigil, Sherrie Ray
District 5A Girls Runner up Des Moines Lady Demons
Nataya Archuleta, Allison Guerrero, Grace Hall, Felysse Montano, Paiton Owensby, Alexis Wingo, Amber Gonzales, Angie Lopez, Annalisa Miller, Makenna Hittson
Wow, break out the towel and wipe off the brow as this game between Springer and Maxwell started off fast and went by even faster as both teams burned up the floor racing back and forth, yet strong defenses kept both teams from running up the score in this championship game.
As the buzzer sounded ending the first quarter Springer lead the game that had several lead changes in the first half. When the buzzer sounded ending the first half Maxwell had taken the lead by six in part because of the six of six free throws the boys made at the line.
Second half action started out the same way but the lack of fouls in the first half changed the pace of the game in the second half as referees began calling the game more closely sending both teams to the free throw line several times. Maxwell took advantage of that making 15 of 21 free throws while Springer only put in 9 of 14 shots. Those shots helped Maxwell extend the lead in the fourth and come away with a 70-56 championship win.
Springer 17 9 15 14 56
Maxwell 14 18 18 20 70
Springer High Point
Bryon Romero 12 2 of 2 free throws
Estevan Romero 11 3 of 6 free throws
Isaiah Garcia 12 2 of 2 free throws
Free Throws 11 of 17
Maxwell High Point
Aaron Salazar 12 4 of 4 free throws
Kolton Riggs 18 5 of 5 free throws
Jeremy Archuleta 14 6 of 6 free throws
Andrew Archuleta 12 4 of 8 free throws
Free Throws 21 of 27 attempts
Jeremy Archuleta and Zach Sanchez battle for the ball during the District 5A championship game in Maxwell Saturday evening.
Jacob Quintana drives the lane as Kolton Riggs gets the block Saturday evening in Maxwell during the District 5A championship game.
Isaiah Garcia goes up for two of his 12 points during the District 5A championship game
The intensity of they championship game shows on the face of Andrew Archuleta as he drives the lane into Zach Sanchez Saturday evening in Maxwell.
District 5A runner-up Springer Red Devils
Damien Blahback, Bryan Romero, Gabriel Garcia, Owen Burton, Zac Caldwell, Ryan Gallegos, Chris Casias, Cotton Shaw, Jose Urquijo, Chase Casias, Zach Sanchez, Isaiah Garcia, Estevan Romero, Jacob Quintana, Coach Johnny Chavez,
District 5A Champions Maxwell Bears
Christian Smart, Daniel Garcia, Wesley Jeffery, Devon Cruz, Caden Floyd, Aaron Salazar, Andrew Archuleta, Carl Gonzales, Kolton Riggs, Kaden Riggs, Jeremy Archuleta, Ricci Molina