By Leroy Chavez — Sports writer
CIMARRON — The Cimarron Lady Rams used a couple of free throws in the last seconds of the game to down district rival Springer 61-59 in the District 5A Tournament Championship game played Monday (March 2) in Springer.
“It was a great team victory, the girls never gave up and stayed focused,” said Lady Ram coach Patricia LeDoux.
“I thought Veronica Farmer had a great off the bench, but everybody contributed to this win.”
With the score tied at 59-59 with 3 seconds remaining on the clock, Jessica Pittman was fouled at the three points line. Pittman sank two free throws to seal the victory.
The dynamic duo of Jessica Pittman and Selina Rael, both seniors, led the Lady Rams with game highs of 28 points and 14 points, respectively.
With the victory, the Lady Rams upped their overall record to 22-5, the best in Class A this year. Three of the losses were to District 5A regular season champion Springer.
<strong>Cimarron 78, Des Moines 38</strong>
The Cimarron Lady Rams scored early and often in the first half to run away with a 78-38 District 5A tourney win over Des Moines on Wednesday (Feb. 25) and will advance to play Springer in the championship on Tuesday (March 2).
The Lady Rams outscored a game Lady Demon squad 23-12 in the first period, the turned up the heat by running past Des Moines with a 22-7 advantage to take an insurmountable 43-19 lead at intermission.
Substituting liberally, Cimarron outscored the Lady Demons 17-13 in the third stanza to increase the lead to 60-32 at the three-quarter mark. The Lady Rams closed the game with a 16-6 advantage to seal the victory at 78-38.
Selina Rael paced the pack with 25 points, but she had plenty of help from Angel Gonzales with 24 points, Jessie Pittman with 22 points, Shaylee Rinde 4 points and one point for Gentry Haukebo.
<strong>Lady Rams await State bid</strong>
The Cimarron Lady Rams will be awaiting a state bid on Tuesday (March 3) regardless of whether they win or lose against the Lady Red Devils in the championship of the District 5A tournament. The Lady Rams are expected to get a top-six seed and the right to host a first round game on Friday (Feb. 6).
The sixteen team state tourney starts with eight games played this weekend hosted by the higher seeded school. The eight winners advance to the State Championships in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.
The selection committee will use the following criteria (in order of importance) when assigning seeds: (1) Finish in regular season (Champ automatically advances); (2) Head-to-head competition; wins against other district champions; Overall record; MaxPreps Freeman Rankings; and Member school input.