JV Lady Mules vs. Shallwater (1-9-2015)
The JV Lady Mules traveled to Shallowater Friday night to open district against the Fillies. The Lady Mules play a scrappy form of basketball and had taken a 13-8 lead by the half.
Shallowater trimmed one off the lead in the third period but then a switch appeared to flip and the officials appeared to take over the game. Shallowater took the game 34-28.
“I am not one that ever to completely blame referees for the loss of a game, said Lady Mule coach Edie Niblett. “Coaches and players learn what needs to be taken care of on both ends of the floor.”
“They sure can change the momentum and shut things down in a hurry. I am very proud of our girls for giving it 100 percent and never giving up regardless of the foul count.”
“Desi Gutierrez did a great job of being a leader for this team and finished with 10 points. Halley Myatt and Brittney Mendoza played great on both ends of the floor.”
The Lady Mules are now 10-5 on the season and 0-1 in district.
Gutierrez got off to a fast start in the opening period and made a lay up for the first points of the game. She made one from the charity line and nailed a trey with time running out to tie the game at 6-6.
The Lady Mule defense gained traction in the second period and held the Fillies to just two points.
Jasmine Garza cleaned up the backside by putting back an offensive rebound to start the second half. Brianna Barron chipped in a free throw. Gutierrez made a steal, drove the floor and scored. Mendoza got Karla Bustillos the ball in the paint and she added a basket to give the Lady Mules a 13-8 lead at the half.
Garza opened the second half with an old-fashion three-point play by adding the free throw after being fouled making a basket. She added a second basket later in the period. Mendoza and Paolette Landeras each added a hoop. The Lady Mule led 22-18 with one period left to play.
Shallowater cashed in at the foul line as the foul count mounted against the Lady Mules. Barron scored twice in the quarter and Gutierrez made the final hoop for the Lady Mules.
Gutierrez led the Lady Mules with 10 points and fouled out before the game ended. Garza finished with seven points and Barron added five points. Mendoza, Landeras and Bustillos chipped in two points each.
The Lady Mules hosted the Dimmitt Bobbies Tuesday night and then travel to Littlefield to battle the Lady Cats Friday, January 16.