Lady Mules vs. Lub. Roosevelt (12-15-2015)
The Lady Mules played host to the undefeated Lady Eagles of Lubbock Roosevelt Tuesday night. The Eagles were 14-0 going into the night. The Lady Mules were not at full strength with two girls playing sick but others stepped up their game.
The Lady Mules may have shocked the Eagles in the first period and jumped out to a 12-3 lead. Roosevelt tried to make a comeback in the second period but could only trim one point off the Lady Mule lead.
The Lady Mules continued to hold down the Eagles in the third period and added five points to their lead. The Lady Mules cruised to a 48-38 win in the final period.
“I think some folks maybe surprised tomorrow when they see the results of our game tonight,” said Lady Mule coach Carey Sudduth. “We had two girls that were very sick and one had an injured hand.”
“But the break will give us time to heal up and we should be ready to go by the time we start the Holiday Tournament in Lubbock.”
The Eagles opened the game with a free throw to briefly take the lead. Conley Niblett blocked back-to-back shots before she went coast-to-coast for a lay up that gave the Lady Mules the lead for good with six minutes left in the first period.
Brittany Mendoza crashed the offensive boards for a put back. Sadie Sudduth was fouled shooting and made a free throw. Mendoza passed cross court to Desi Gutierrez for a bucket.
The Eagles ended the Lady Mule seven-point scoring run with a free throw. Mendoza made her second hoop of the period with a 15-baseline jumper. The Eagles made one last free throw before the first quarter ended. Sydnie Sudduth drained a 3-pointer from the wing just prior to the horn. The Lady Mules led 12-3.
Niblett crossed the lane and kissed a left-handed hook shot off the glass to start the second period. An Eagle trey cut the Lady Mule lead to 14-6. Sy. Sudduth passed to Emily Precure for an eight-foot baseline jumper.
Back-to-back baskets by the Eagles cut the Lady Mule lead to six points. Niblett hit from the charity line and on the next trip down the floor took a pass from Mendoza for a 3-pointer from the wing.
Sa. Sudduth found Mendoza open for a 15-foot baseline shot. The Eagles made the final five points of the half to trail the Lady Mules 23-15 at the intermission.
Roosevelt made a run at the Lady Mules early in the second half but the Lady Mules took over to out score the Eagles 12-7.
The Lady Mules built a 48-31 lead with 1:10 left in the game before backing off of the Eagles.
Niblett paced the Lady Mules with 18 points and Sy. Sudduth scored 10 points. Mendoza added eight points and Yvonne Diaz and Sa. Sudduth made three points each. Gutierrez and Precure finished with two points each. Reagan Reynolds and Jasmine Garza chipped in a point each.
The Lady Mules are on Christmas break to heal their wounds and illness before entering the Fibermax Holiday Tournament December 29-31. The Lady Mules will host the Levelland Loboettes January 5 before starting district January 8 when the Lady Mules host the Shallowater Lady Mustangs.