State hoops tourney pairings announced

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Some Valencia County high school basketball teams will hit the road next weekend.

One will be at home as the first round as the first round of Class 4A state tourney games are played.

The Valencia Lady Jaguars will play their first-ever home state tournament game. They’re the No. 7 seed in 4A and will host No. 10 St. Pius on Friday, March 2, with a time to be announced Monday or Tuesday.

The boys games will be played Saturday, March 3. Los Lunas is a No. 10 seed and will play at No. 7 Santa Teresa. The 16-11 Desert Warriors are the District 3-4A champions.

Valencia is the No. 13 seed and will travel to No. 4 St. Pius on Saturday. That’s where the Jaguars’ season ended last year with a 51-47 first-round loss.

The Los Lunas Lady Tigers and Belen girls and boys teams weren’t selected for the state tourney this year.

Look for complete coverage of post-season basketball in the Wednesday, Feb. 29 issue of the News-Bulletin.


-- Email the author at jbrooks@news-bulletin.com.