9th Lady Mules vs. Shallowater (12-14-2015)
The freshmen Lady Mules started their second loop of district Monday night with a trip to Shallowater to meet the Lady Mustangs. The Lady Mules had defeated the Mustangs in Muleshoe when the season started 42-17.
That loss seemed to inspire the Mustangs and they were determined not to allow the Lady Mules to win in Shallowater’s house. But the Lady Mules proved to be up to the challenge and slipped out of Shallowater with a 22-20 win.
The Mustangs took advantage of the Lady Mules lack of ability to drop the ball in the hoop and jumped out to a 5-2 lead by the end of the first period. The Lady Mules’ shooting woes continued in the second period and Shallowater led 11-3 by the intermission.
Despite not scoring the Lady Mules used a tough defense to just trail by eight points at the half. Keely Dunham had scored the Lady Mules only basket in the first half and Maddison Price chipped in a free throw in the second period.
Coach Sheri Veazy reminded her girls of the two words that are the Lady Mules’ game plan. “We must stay PATIENT and run our offense,” Veazy said. “Run the plays and allow the offense to work. We must also play with INTENSITY from the opening tip to the final horn.”
The Lady Mules stepped up their game in the second half with Kinsey Parker draining a trey in the third period. Dunham and Reina Regalado both added a bucket and Kayla Torres chipped in a free throw.
The third period defense by the Lady Mules held the Mustangs to five points to cut the Shallowater lead to 16-11 with eight minutes left to play.
Kyndal Miller made a pair of steals that translated to points for the Lady Mules in the final period. Natalie Diaz made a pair of free throws to tie the game with time running down.
Dunham patrolled the paint on defense and owned the blocks on offense. She made three hoops in the final period and Alyssa Wheeler sank a charity toss. Diaz made a bucket prior to making the critical free throws.
“We did not shoot well in this game and were only five of 18 from the free throw line,” continued Veazy. “Key players that normally score were silenced tonight. I am not sure I took a breath during the fourth quarter. It feels good to be finished with Shallowater for this season.”
Dunham led the Lady Mules with 10 points. Diaz made all four of her points in the final period and Parker sank a trey. Regalado made two points. Wheeler, Torres and Price chipped in one point each.
The Lady Mules are currently on their Christmas break and will return to action January 4 when they host the Dimmitt Bobbies.