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Junior ahead TT Hill scored a team-high 19 factors for host and No. 3 seed Volcano Vista (25-3), which held off No. 3 seed Eldorado 45-35 Friday in a Class 5A first-round women basketball recreation.

Regardless of hitting all 5 of their 3s within the opening quarter, the Hawks didn’t shake the 14th-seeded Golden Eagles (14-14) till the ultimate minute of the fourth quarter.

“It was a battle throughout,” stated Volcano Vista head coach Lisa Villareal, who has led the Hawks to state titles the earlier two seasons. “Once you play one of many Metro colleges, you’ve seen one another sufficient to make changes for the subsequent time. It was a real check for my guards, who’re getting expertise as they go.”

Sophomore guard Mila Espinoza bucketed 13 factors for the Hawks. Hill, in the meantime, got here up large within the fourth quarter. She scored her membership’s first three buckets of the stanza, the final a putback off an Espinoza miss that gave her membership its greatest lead of the sport, 41-29, with 4:20 left.

Eldorado sophomore Bella Hines completed with a game-high 25 factors, and he or she scored back-to-back layups, the latter closing the margin to 41-35 with simply over two minutes to play.

Volcano Vista pressured two Eldorado turnovers down the stretch, whereas Espinoza and Hill mixed to make 4 of six free throws within the closing minute to shut out the win.

— Patrick Newell


ELDORADO (14-14): Bella Hines 25, Isabel Roberts 0, Robin Jaramillo 0, Chioma Holyfield 4, Madelyn Bidgood 0, Samonne Cauley 0, Addison Arndt 2, Katelyn Lewis 2, Bailey Rohlke 2. FG 13, FT 8-17-35

VOLCANO VISTA (25-3): Lilliano Duncan 5, Adriana Zavala 0, Storm Nguyen 3, Mari Manzanares 5, Mila Espinoza 13 , Taejhuan Hill 19. Totals: 14 FG, 12-16 FT 45

Eldorado 14 8 5 8—35

Volcano Vista 21 6 8 10—45

3-point targets: VV 5 ( Espinoza 2, Nguyen, Hill, Duncan) E 1 (Hines). Staff fouls: VV 14, E 17. Fouled out: None.

No. 5 LA CUEVA 49, No. 12 MAYFIELD 29: At La Cueva, the Bears raced to a 21-3 lead, Eva Love scored 15 factors off the bench and La Cueva fought off a third-quarter problem to get rid of the cold-shooting Trojans.

Aggressive protection helped get the Bears (22-7) off to a quick 10-0 begin, with Alexis Ayers and Jordyn Dyer pulling down 3-pointers. Mayfield (15-13) struggled mightily within the early going, committing 5 turnovers, lacking a number of layups and getting its solely factors of the primary quarter on Lyric Corona’s 3-pointer with 3:40 remaining.

La Cueva led 13-3 after 1 / 4 and stretched it to 21-3 halfway by the second.

“We got here out excited and able to play,” Bears coach Marisa Cogan stated. “We knew Mayfield would hit again. We simply tried to maintain their run as quick as attainable.”

The Trojans trimmed La Cueva’s result in 26-14 by halftime and twice bought as shut as a nine-point margin within the third quarter. Corona, who had a team-high eight factors, swished her second 3-pointer because the guests opened the fourth trailing 33-24.

However Love and the Bears took over down the stretch, beginning the fourth quarter with a 16-3 run to seal the win. Love scored 9 of her factors within the closing quarter and completed with three of La Cueva’s six 3-pointers.

“Eva’s such a fantastic chief,” Cogan stated. “We’ve a whole lot of women who can rating and he or she’s the one who recommended we rotate starters. She volunteered to come back off the bench tonight.”

Dyer completed with 11 factors, and Olivia Haddock scored 10 for the Bears, who face Carlsbad in Tuesday’s 5A quarterfinals at 9:45 a.m. on the Pit.


Mayfield (15-13): Victoria Kirker 5, Lyric Corona 8, Mia Salazar 5, Lorrena Viarreal 5, Jazlena Ruiz 6. Totals: 12 FG, 2-10 FT 29.

La Cueva (22-7): Alexis Ayers 8, Eva Love 15, Toni Lucero 3, Olivia Haddock 10, Jordyn Dyer 11, Karleigh Gutierrez 2. Totals: 15 FG, 13-16 FT 49.

Mayfield 3 11 10 5 — 29

La Cueva 13 13 7 16 — 49

3-point FGs: M 3 (Corona 2, Salazar); LC 6 (Ayers 2, Love 3, Dyer). Staff fouls: M 12, LC 14. Fouled out: M, Salazar. Technical fouls: none.

Ken Sickenger

The No. 4 seed Hope Christian survived a harrowing closing two minutes to carry on for 47-44 victory over No. 13 Lovington in a first-round matchup on the Huskies’ house courtroom Friday evening.

“It’s survive and advance. We didn’t make it fairly, however we get to play one other day,” Hope coach Michael Cole stated. “These women need to play in The Pit, so I’m excited for them.”

Hope (21-7), which led by as many as 14 within the first half, noticed Lovington (13-14) hit three consecutive 3s within the fourth quarter throughout a 9-2 run to get inside 45-44 with 2:06 remaining. The final of these — a financial institution by the Wildcats’ Ashelynn Borunda — prompted a timeout by the Huskies. Whereas Hope struggled to navigate the Lovington strain the remainder of the best way, its protection greater than held up down the stretch.

Over these closing two minutes, the Wildcats missed 4 photographs and dedicated one turnover, with two Kathleen Obiskie blocks paying an integral a part of the defensive stand. Obiskie additionally had a recreation excessive 21 factors — together with 10 straight to shut the third quarter.

“To me, she’s one of many Prime 5 gamers in the entire state no matter class,” Cole stated.

With the Huskies clinging to a 45-44 lead, Alyssa Vigil gave her workforce some respiration room by hitting a pair of free throws with 3.2 seconds to play. Lovington superior the ball rapidly up the courtroom, however one final desperation 3 by Aubrey Aranda failed to attract iron.

For Vigil, the evening was memorable for extra than simply the game-clinching free throws. She surpassed 1,000 factors for her Huskies profession early within the second quarter throughout an 11-0 run that gave her workforce a 22-8 lead. Vigil completed with 16 factors.

“She’s been actually attempting for that. We’re actually happy with her,” Cole stated. “We’ve bought two 1,000 level scorers on this group together with her and (Obiskie). We’re gonna rejoice, however we’re able to play in The Pit.”

-Tristen Critchfield

Class 4A First Spherical


LOVINGTON (13-14): Aubrey Aranda 2, Mayra Castro 3, Malaiya Castro 16, Ashelynn Borunda 9, Elizabeth Buendia 14, Erlin Salcido 0, Carli Knapp 0, Abigail Shouse 0. 17-FG 4-6-FT 44

HOPE CHRISTIAN (21-7): Charlotte Bitsoih 9, Mia Bishop 0, Brooke Macias 0, Alyssa Vigil 16, Zoe Mangrum 1, Kathleen Obiskie 21. 16-FG 11-17-FT 47.

Lovington 8 9 14 13 — 44

Hope 11 15 13 8 — 47
3-Level Targets: L 6 (Myra Castro, Malaiya Castro 4, Borunda); H 4 (Bitsoih, Vigil). Whole Fouls: L 14; H 9.

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