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Cowgirls lasso Zias for key early win

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Ashley Logan made 10 of 11 free throws en route to a career-high 24 points Monday night, leading New Mexico Highlands to an 89-85 win over Eastern New Mexico at Greyhound Arena in Portales.

The non-conference women’s basketball game was the season debut for both teams. Counting a recent preseason upset of NCAA Division I Northern Arizona and a rout of Northern New Mexico College as well as Monday’s game, NMHU and coach Tiffany Darling are off to a strong start and looking for a turnaround of their own this year.

If Monday showed anything, it was that this Cowgirl team could win a close one.

Eastern’s Tori Northcutt hit one of two free throws with four seconds left to bring the host Zias within 87-85. Eastern then fouled Hope Williams, who calmly sank two foul shots to give the Cowgirls insurance with two seconds remaining.

Logan, who shot 7 of 15, also scored 18 of her game-high 24 in the second half as NMHU protected a 40-39 halftime lead.

Jessica Armijo and Briana Gholston scored 14 apiece, and Oliana Seanoa joined them in double figures with 11. Armijo, a Robertson High alumnus, notched a team-high six assists, and Gholston grabbed eight rebounds.

Highlands shot 40 percent from the field and 81 percent from the charity stripe.

The Cowgirls (1-0) play next at Oklahoma Panhandle State on Nov. 24 in Goodwell, Okla.

NMHU’s men, who were to host West Texas A&M on Tuesday, play in Fort Lewis’ Skyhawk Classic this weekend in Durango, Colo.