Monday, December 15, 2014

JV Lady Mules vs. Floydada & Abernathy Shootout (12-9&11-13-2014)



JV Lady Mules vs. Floydada & Abernathy Shootout (12-9&11-13-2014)

The JV Lady Mules seem to believe in keeping things exciting at times and then at other times just run rough shod over the competition. Against the Floydada Lady Winds Tuesday night it was exciting. The Lady Mules just eased past the Winds 33-27.

In the first game of the Abernathy Shootout the Lady Mules only allowed the New Deal Lady Lions three points during the game. The Lady Mules took the day 35-3.

Friday the Lady Mules knew they had little in their favor when they took on the host Abernathy Lady Lopes. The Lady Mules got after the Lopes early and did not let up until near the end. The Lady Mules defeat Abernathy 36-29.

The biggest challenge of the tournament came in the championship game Saturday when the Lady Mules faced the Nazareth Swiftettes. The Lady Mules fell behind early but after that it was an even battle. The Lady Mules placed second in the Shootout by losing to the Swiftettes 26-22.

The Lady Mules and Floydada were even after the first period Tuesday but came out swing in the second period to take a 17-13 lead by the intermission. They added two points to their margin in the third period and then cruised through the final period.

“We squeezed by again,” said Lady Mule coach Edie Niblett. “We have to learn to take advantage of the clock when we are in a tight game. I am proud of all the girls for their awesome hustle till the very end.”

“Imelda Salcido did a great job of helping handle the ball and scoring at crucial times. Brittney Mendoza led the Lady Mules with five steals and 10 points.”

Salcido finished with seven points and Yasmine Sandoval had six. Marissa Reyes dropped in four points. Jasmine Garza, Karla Bustillos and Marilyn Melendez chipped in two points each.

New Deals only three points came in the third period. The Lady Mules ran out to an 18-0 first period lead and extended it to 25-0 at the intermission. The Lady Mules added 10 points in the second half for the win.

“The girls jumped all over New Deal in the first quarter with our press,” continued Niblett. Everyone got plenty of playing time.”

Garza led the way with 11 points and Melendez finished with six. Gloria Gonzales, Mendoza and Reyes added four points each. Desi Gutierrez, Sandoval and Hallie Myatt chipped in two points each.

Abernathy could not match up with the Lady Mules in the first period and the Lady Mules rode the lead through the game.

“We just out hustled the girls from Abernathy to get the win,” stated Coach Niblett. “We had 22 turnovers and were still able to clinch the win. This team works harder every game. Reyes led the Lady Mules with 11 points.”

Gutierrez finished with eight points and Sandoval made seven. Garza finished with five points, Mendoza added four and Melendez chipped in one point.

Nazareth jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the opening period but after that it was an even battle with both teams scoring six points in both the second and third periods. The Lady Mules made up a point in the final period by out scoring the Swiftettes 5-4.

“This will go down as a win in my book,” continued Coach Niblett. We got our scored in the first quarter but I can not express in words how proud I am of this group. They played their hearts out. They had nothing left and did everything I asked if them plus more. They just keep on keeping on!”

Gutierrez led the scoring for the Lady Mules with eight points. Mendoza and Reyes dropped in four points each. Myatt dropped in three points, Melendez had two and Garza chipped in one point.

The Lady Mules traveled to Lubbock Roosevelt to play the Lady Eagles Tuesday night. The Lady Mules will take the Christmas break and will return to action January 6 when they host the Bovina Lady Mustangs. 

9th Mules vs. Tulia (12-8-2014)



9th Mules vs. Tulia (12-8-2014)

The freshmen Mules got off to a slow start Monday at Tulia against the Hornets. But the Mules managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Tulia jumped out to a 12-8 lead but the Mules chipped one point off the Hornet lead in the second period.

The Hornets led 20-17 at the intermission. Tulia increased their lead to 32-23 after three quarters and the Mules could have quit. Instead the Mules came roaring back to out score the Hornets 15-5 in the final period for a 38-37 win.

“We are on a win streak,” said Mule coach David Sturdivant. “We are doing a good job on the offensive side of running our offense and getting the open look. Still need to work on finishing some of those shots.”

“We are still not shooting free throws like we need to. We were three of 22 from the line. This is a hard working group of kids and they never quit.”

Mickey Lozano led the Mules in scoring against the Hornets with 20 points. Brendon Rodriguez finished with 11 points and JoJo Rejino had four. Jacob Kettner chipped in three points.

The Mules traveled to Shallowater Monday night to face the Mustangs before taking the Christmas break. The Mules return to action January 5, 2015 when they start the second round of district by hosting the Dimmitt Bobcats.

8th Lady Mules vs. Tulia (12-8-2014)



8th Lady Mules vs. Tulia (12-8-2014)

The eighth grade Lady Mules suffered a disappointing loss Monday night at the hands of the Tulia Hornets. They led 18-4 with 3:23 left in the third quarter. The Hornets went on a 12 point run before the period ended to cut the Lady Mule lead to 18-16.

The Hornets put up 12 points in the first four minutes of the fourth period to lead the Lady Mules 28-18. The Lady Mules came back firing but ran out of time and lost to the Hornets 28-23.

Alyssa Wheeler scored on a fast break to put the Lady Mules up early. She scored on a second fast break and Kyndal Miller picked a Hornets pocket and drove the floor to just beat the buzzer and put the Lady Mules up 6-4.

Keely Dunham picked off a Tulia pass in the defensive paint and drove the floor for a lay up. Natalie Diaz was fouled shooting and made a free throw. Diaz was fouled a second time and made a free throw before the half ended.

Dunham scored in the paint to put the Lady Mules up 14-4 a minute and half into the third period. Miller added a basket from the elbow and Diaz made a pair of free throws to extend the Lady Mule lead to 18-4.

Tulia took over for the final three minutes of the quarter with a 12-point scoring run. The Hornet run lasted until the last 35 seconds of the game.

Dunham broke the run when she scored from the blocks. Wheeler was fouled out front and made a free throw. Dunham put back an offensive rebound to end the game.

Dunham led the Lady Mules with 10 points. Wheeler finished with five points. Diaz and Miller added four points each.

The Lady Mules host the Shallowater Fillies to start the second round of district Monday. They will take the Christmas break and then will travel to Dimmitt January 5, 2015.

7th Lady Mules vs. Tulia (12-8-2014)



7th Lady Mules vs. Tulia (12-8-2014)

The seventh grade Lady Mules jumped on the Tulia Hornets in the first period and cruised to a 20-9 win.

Joceline Ramirez put the Lady Mules up early with a pair of free throws in the first period. Val Toscano dished to Anahi Sandoval on a delayed break for an easy basket. Toscano finished the period with a drive to hoop from the right wing. The Lady Mules led 6-2 after one quarter.

Sandoval put back and offensive rebound to start the second period. Destiny Vasquez made the pass to Sandoval in the paint for a short shot. Toscano scored back-to-back hoops to extend the Lady Mule lead to 14-4 at the intermission.

Abi Reyes made the Lady Mules’ only hoop of the third period to lead 16-5 with one period left to play.

Toscano hit and eight foot jumper to start the final frame. Tulia went on a four-point run but Reyes made the final hoop of the night.

Toscano led the Lady Mules with eight points. Reyes and Sandoval dropped in four points each and Ramirez chipped in two points.

The Lady Mules hosted the Shallowater Fillies Monday night. The Lady Mules will take the Christmas break before returning to action January 5 when they travel to Di

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mules vs. Floydada & Abernathy Shootout. (12-9&11-13-2014)



Mules vs. Floydada & Abernathy Shootout. (12-9&11-13-2014)

The Mules suffered a tough loss at Floydada Tuesday night to the Whirlwinds. The Mules kept coming back but lost 45-43. The Mules then entered the Abernathy Shootout over the weekend.

The varsity boys play a round robin tournament that is made up of two pools. The Mules, Abernathy, Nazareth, Lubbock Titans (a home school group) and Lubbock Monterey JV made up Pool A.

The Mules lost their opening game to Nazareth 49-40 and then was eased out by Abernathy 44-41. The Monterey JV slipped by the Mules Friday after noon 75-72 and the Lubbock Titans out scored the Mules 22-12 in the last period to defeat the Mules 51-47.

After losing five close games the Mules defeated the Lubbock Coronado JV 68-43 in their final game of the Shootout.

The Mules raced out to a 9-3 lead in the first period at Floydada. Dagen Dunham made a 3-pointer from the left wing to get the Mules started. Tony Castillo made a pair of free throws and Jason Florez finished a fast break. Josh Lopez drove the floor and was fouled shooting. He made both from the charity line.

Danny Campos grabbed a long rebound and put the ball up and in from the elbow to start the second period. The Winds cut the lead to 11-8 before Dunham added a free throw. Grey Johnson picked off a Wind pass and drove the floor. He was fouled while shooting and made one free throw.

Floydada had cut the Mules’ lead to 18-15 by the intermission.

The Winds came out firing after the half and had taken a 38-32 lead over the Mules. The Winds extended their lead with a pair of charity tosses before Johnson pumped in a 3-pointer from the corner.

Dunham nailed a trey from the left wing to cut the Winds’ lead to 42-41 with 48 seconds left in the game. Floydada made one free throw and Campos was fouled on the rebound but missed the charity toss. The two teams swapped baskets before time expired.

Dunham led the Mules with 15 points and Castillo dropped in eight points. Campos finished with six points, Johnson and Florez dropped in four points each. Lopez had three points and Wes Clarkson made two points. JJ Gandara chipped in one point.

The Mules jumped on Nazareth early and rained down 3-pointers. Castillo started the barrage, Clarkson made two treys and Dunham made one. The Mules led 20-10 at the end of the opening quarter.

Clarkson finished the game with four treys to lead the Mules with 12 points and Castillo made eight. Campos added six points, Dunham made all five of his points in the first period and Blayne Shipman finished with four. Florez added three points and Gandara chipped in two.

Dunham put back an offensive rebound for a hoop to beat the buzzer to give the Mules an 8-6 lead over Abernathy. Lopez and Florez paced the Mules in scoring with eight points each.

Castillo finished with seven points, Dunham scored six and Shipman made five points. Campos made all four of his points in the second period and Clarkson dropped in three points.

The Mules owned the Monterey JV in the first quarter and jumped out to an18-12 lead. The Mules extended their advantage to 40-32 by the intermission. The Mules converted 10 of 14 free throws in the first half. Monterey made up the difference in the final period and out scored the Mules 21-12.

Florez led the Mules with 23 points and Dunham was just behind with 21. Castillo finished with 15 points, Clarkson had six points and Lopez made three. Campos and Gandara chipped in two points each.

The Titans jumped in front of the Mules 17-12 in the first period but the Mules battled back to knot the game at 22-22 by the intermission. The Mules had built a 35-29 lead by the end of the third period. The Titans out scored the Mules 22-12 in the final period.

Dunham led the Mules with 15 points and Florez finished with eight. Clarkson and Castillo dropped in seven points each and Lopez made four. Roman Franco, Shipman and Campos chipped in two points apiece.

Dunham led the Mules against the Coronado JV with 18 points, Florez finished with 16 and Campos made 14. Clarkson dropped in eight points and Shipman added four. Lopez, Castillo, Saul Sanchez and Gandara chipped in two points apiece.

The Mules traveled to Lubbock Roosevelt Tuesday to play the Eagles before taking the Christmas break. The Mules will be back in action in the Texico Wolverine Tournament December 28-31. The Mules travel to Lamesa January 2 and return home January 6 to host the Bovina Mustangs.