The Cleveland High School girls’ basketball season ended in Carlsbad Friday evening, about 24 hours before the Carlsbad boys came to Rio Rancho and ended another hoops season for a City of Vision team.
The No. 7 Cavegirls’ 36-34 victory over the No. 10 Storm (16-12) sent them into a quarterfinal game Tuesday at No, 2 Hobbs (21-7), which beat visiting Piedra Vista (16-12) 64-52 in that first-round game at Tasker Arena.
Other girls’ quarterfinal matchups Tuesday are No. 6 Organ Mountain (22-8) at No. 3 La Cueva (20-6); Organ Mountain beat Albuquerque High, 61-50, and La Cueva defeated Sandia, 42-31, in the other bottom-half-of-the-bracket in Class 5A. (The top 8 seeds disposed of the seeds 9-16, so there were no surprises there.)
In the upper half of the girls’ bracket, No. 1 Volcano Vista (27-0) whipped No. 16 Santa Fe, 72-28; No. 4 Farmington (27-2) beat No. 13 Eldorado, 53-35; No. 5 Las Cruces (22-7) defeated No. 12 Clovis, 50-41; and No. 8 Centennial (20-9) edged its No. 9 Las Cruces foe Mayfield, 39-34.
Those victories set up Centennial in the Ring of Fire to meet last year’s champs, Volcano Vista, and Las Cruces heading north to Farmington.
The 5A semifinals are Thursday in The Pit, where the championship game will be played Saturday at 6 p.m.