JV Lady Mules vs. Hale Center & Lubbock High (12-2&5-2014)
The JV Lady Mules jumped on the Hale Center Owls early and went on to clip the Owls 44-19 Tuesday night. Friday night the Lady Mules were at Lubbock High battling a 5-A team. The game with the Lady Westerners was nip and tuck to the very end. The Westerners took the night 38-33.
“The girls went to Hale Center with ‘pay back’ on their minds and delivered,” said JV Lady Mule coach Edie Niblett. “We allowed only six points in the second half.”
“Marissa Reyes was a huge factor under the basket and yanked down several rebounds and went back up and scored. Her teammate Brittney Mendoza was shooting lights out all night. I loved the enthusiasm and ’pumped up’ attitudes.”
Marissa Reyes scored on the blocks to break the scoring ice against the Owls. She added two more points the next trip down the floor with a shot from just inside the free throw line. The Owls scored two minutes into the game.
Jasmine Garza grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to give the Lady Mules a 6-2 lead. Brittney Mendoza scored the final five points of the first period with a 3-pointer just seconds before the period ended. The Lady Mules led 11-5 to start the second quarter.
Marilyn Melendez scored on a delayed break to start the second quarter. She later put back an offensive rebound for a basket. Mendoza was fouled and made both free throws to end the first half with the Lady Mules leading 17-13.
The Lady Mules exploded for 20 points in the third quarter while turning up the heat on defense and held the Owls to just four points. Mendoza made an old-fashion three-point play with a bucket and a free throw.
Desi Gutierrez made a pair of baskets and Karla Bustillos dropped in a hoop. Jasmine Sandoval made two free throws and Hallie Myatt made a bucket and a free throw. Reyes led off the period and added two more hoops.
The Lady Mules coasted to the win with seven more points.
Mendoza and Reyes led the Lady Mules with 10 points each. Myatt made all six of her points in the second half. Melendez, Sandoval and Gutierrez dropped in four points apiece. Bustillos and Imelda Salcido chipped in two points each.
The Lady Mules record is 6-3 after the loss to the Lubbock High Westerners.
The Lady Mules put up a battle against the much bigger school and led 6-5 after the first period. The Westerners had tied the score at 15-15 by the intermission and both teams scored nine points in the third period to remain tied at 24-24 going into the final period.
“We lost a very close game due to turnovers in the last few seconds of the game,” said Coach Niblett after the Lubbock High game. “I am extremely proud of my girls for showing sportsmanship and representing Muleshoe High School very well.”
“We learn from every game and will continue to improve. Jasmine Garza pulled in 12 rebounds to help us stay in the game. Brittney Mendoza had tally marks in offensive and defensive rebounds, steals, and blocked shots.”
Reyes paced the Lady Mules with 10 points and Gutierrez had nine. Garza and Melendez made three points each. Myatt, Sandoval, Mendoza, and Gloria Gonzales chipped in two points apiece.
The Lady Mules continued their road show in Floydada Tuesday night and will take on all comers in the Abernathy Tournament December 11-13. The Lady Mules will wrap up 2014 at Lubbock Roosevelt December 16.