Thursday, February 11, 2016

JV Lady Mules vs. Littlefield & Friona (2-2 & 5-2016)

JV Lady Mules vs. Littlefield & Friona (2-2 & 5-2016)

The JV Lady Mules were six-of-six from the free throw line in the first half but dropped down to three-of-22 second half attempts. The Lady Mules fell to the Littlefield Lady Cats 42-33 Tuesday evening.

A slow start Friday took the Lady Mules to their third overtime of the district season. The Lady Mules finally took down the Friona Squaws 31-30.

“We were in the mix until the final period in Littlefield,” said Lady Mule coach Edie Niblett. “We were not able to make a free throw and everything they threw up to the rim went in. Our defense kept us in the game and I am very pleased with adjustments the girls are making on their own. We just have to learn to finish when the game is on the line.”

Brianna Barron and Marilyn Melendez made all two free throws each in the opening period to stay tied with Littlefield at 4-4.

Cassidy Cage scored to start the second period. Barron made a steal and went coast-to-coast twice for two hoops. Melody Moran cleaned up the backside for a put back hoop. Ricarda Elizalde made a pair of free throws and Melendez used an assist from Cage to score from the blocks. The Lady Mules ended the first half tied 16-16.

The free throw troubles started in the third period for the Lady Mules. Melendez started the period by put back an offensive rebound. Moran sank a short jumper and Cage made one of her two free throws. Barron missed two free throws and Liliana Barrera scored just as time ran out. The Lady Mules trailed 24-23 with one quarter left to play.

Val Ambriz made a lay up to start the final quarter. Barron sank three free throws and Barrera made a final hoop. Karla Bustillos sank the lady Mules on trey two minutes before the game ended.

Barron finished with nine points and Melendez added six points. Barrera and Moran dropped in four points each. Bustillos and Cage made three points apiece. Ambriz and Elizalde chipped in two points each.

Friday proved to be better for the Lady Mules despite them getting off to a slow start. So slow they only scored two points in the first period. The Lady Mules began to battle back in the second quarter as they out scored the Squaws 8-6 to just trail Friona 12-10.

The Lady Mules revved their jets in the third quarter to ease in from of Friona 22-21. But they could not hang on to their advantage and the Squaws knotted the game at 27-27 by the end of regulation.

“Another OT,” exclaimed Lady Mule coach Edie Niblett. “I am glad my pacemaker is working really well. It took us a little bit to get warmed up tonight but we finally started making things happen.”

“We were missing some girls because of illness and brought Kyndal Miller up from the freshmen team to help out. We appreciate her willingness to play. Brianna Barron led our defense and was full steam ahead as always along with Lillie Barrera, Marilyn Melendez and Cassidy Cage setting the pace for our offense.”

Barron led the lady Mules with eight points. Cage and Melendez finished with six points each. Barrera added five points and Miller dropped in four points.  Noa Rojas chipped in two points.

The 13-9 and 5-4 Lady Mules completed their two laps of district Tuesday night when the Tulia Hornets traveled to Muleshoe.      

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