No less than seven top seeds have already tumbled into state basketball tournament, with 2A Magdalena boys going down unbeaten
Also, the Albuquerque Hope Christian girls, the Hobbs girls, the Roswell girls, the Eunice girls, the Onate boys
By ARNIE LESHIN
Down went Magdalena, down went Quemado, down went Onate, down went Albuquerque Hope Christian, down went Eunice, down went Hobbs, down went Roswell.
All these number one seeds fell did not survive in their quests for state basketball championships.
First the small schools, the boys. Magdelena, in 2A, was the lone undefeated team in the state at 29-0. But along came surprising 8th seeded Mesilla Valley Christian (23-8) to abruptly claim a 55-52 victory in the semifinals.
Then there was Quemado, the top seed in Class A at 27-3, and they, too, were eliminated in the semis by a whooping 62-36 defeat to 5th seed Springer (23-9).
Onate, the top seeded boy's team in 6A, didn't make it past the semifinals when 8th seeded Albuquerque Atrisco Heritage (19-5) came away with the 58-47 upset.
Then came the girls, where defending champion, top-seed Albuquerque Hope Christian (29-3) saw its 18-game win streak snapped in a 47-42 loss to 2nd seeded Shiprock (25-4) in the 4A championship game.
Eunice, at 26-4 and the top seed in 3A, also had its 18 in a row skein end in the 57-50 defeat against 3rd seeded Tohatchi (25-5) in that title game, with Tohatchi winning its 16 straight.
Hobbs, the No. 1 seed in 6A, had won 11 straight but finished up at 28-1 when 5th seeded Albuquerque La Cueva (20-8) turned in a 49-47 win in the semis, then drew district rival Albuquerque Sanida (26-5), the 7th seed that won its ninth in a row over 4th seeded Albuquerque Eldorado (21-6), which finished second in the district behind La Cueva and ahead of Sandia.
And Roswell, the top seed in 5A at 24-5, also tumbled in a 54-52 squeaker against 5th seeded Roswell Goddard (20-9) in the semifinals that ended the Coyotes' season at 24-6.
The 2nd seeds did better.
Of the girls, Los Lunas made it to the title game in 5A, winning its 15th in a row, along with Shiprock in 4A. In Class A, Maxwell gained the final. Of the boys, Las Cruces is in the 6A final on 9-game win streak, Capital the same in 5A, Portales in 4A and Lordsburg in 2A.
But the main story is just how many No. 1 seeds went down. Also, the total of unbeaten schools dropped to none.
And the biggest turnaround has been by the Goddard girl's program. In the last decade, it has won 89 and lost 187. The Rockets were 13-15 last season and 15-14 the previous campaign. Before that, they followed up a 4-25 season with one win in 26 starts, and then went 2-25 and 5-21.
Now they are making a statement along with the other schools that registered upsets.