Tigers earn top-seed

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It was not defending Class 4A state champion Roswell (20-7) that topped the girls Class 4A bracket when it was announced Sunday.

It was not defending Class 4A state champion Roswell (20-7) that topped the girls Class 4A bracket when it was announced Sunday.

Mike Stearns-News-Bulletin photo: Celebrating as District champs, the Los Lunas girls basketball team lifts the No. 1 sign high after downing Gallup in double-overtime Saturday night, 59-58. They didn’t know it then, but the sign was prophetic as the Lady Tigers got the top seed in the Class 4A state playoffs, which begin with Los Lunas hosting Goddard at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Los Lunas (24-4), with the addition of coach Marty Zeller and junior daughter Teige, got the No. 1 seed, followed by Roswell, Santa Fe (23-3) and St. Pius (18-8).

“I felt that we deserved the No. 1 seed,” said coach Zeller, “especially after the way we won over Gallup.”

Los Lunas got a 59-58 win in front of a packed house in double overtime to beat Gallup, who got the No. 7 seed. Valencia was seeded sixth, Grants was 12th and Miyamura got the No. 13 seed, making five of the six District 6-4A teams that got into the tournament.

The Los Lunas boys, winners of 16 straight games, took the No. 3 seed. Roswell is the top-seed, St. Pius is second and Bernalillo is the No. 4 seed.

It will be back-to-back basketball at Los Lunas High School this weekend.

The girls will host Goddard at 7 p.m. Friday and the boys take on Santa Fe at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Valencia will host Albuquerque Academy at 7 p.m. on Friday night.

“We’re pretty happy with our seeding for the tournament, we were expecting to get anywhere from the 5 seed to the 7 seed, so we weren’t surprised we got the 6 seed,” said Valencia coach Shannon Vigil.

“Academy is a good match up for us. We faced them two seasons ago in the first round of playoffs and are familiar with their style of play.”

Tiger coach Travis Julian said his boys will not overlook the No. 14-seed Santa Fe.

“They will be tough,” said Julian. “We are playing our best ball right now, so we are not going to change our approach.”

All three teams will be playing for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals at the Pit on the campus of the University of New Mexico. Girls games will be on Tuesday with the boys’ quarterfinals Wednesday.


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