Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Hope Floats Into Semis.(Sports)

Byline: From Journal Reports

Texico Advances With Thrashing of Tularosa

LAS CRUCES Sophomore post Erika Morales scored 13 points, and Jessica Sauve chipped in 10 points and five steals to lead Hope Christian to a 53-41 victory over Coronado in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A girls state basketball championships.

Despite being in foul trouble much of the second half, Morales came up with big baskets when the Huskies needed them. Perhaps the biggest was her baby hook shot with two minutes left, when the Leopards had battled to within five points.

The win lifted Hope into today's semifinals against juggernaut Texico, a 91-53 winner over Tularosa on Wednesday. Fort Sumner will take on Navajo Prep in the other semifinal.

The Huskies (22-4) managed to win despite a 20-point night from Coronado's Vanessa Gallegos, who burned the defense from the perimeter and on drives to the hole. …

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