Lady Mules vs. Littlefield & Friona (2-2 & 5-2015)
The Lady Mules may have played their best basketball of the district season this past week against the Littlefield Lady Cats and Friona Squaws. The Lady Mules started strong in Littlefield with a 22-point first period and followed that with a 16-point opening frame against Friona.
The Lady Mules defeated Littlefield 59-55 and Friona 50-26.
Sydnie Sudduth started the scoring barrage against the Lady Cats with a 3-pointer just 10 seconds into the opening frame. She added a second trey just over a minute later. Conley Niblett also sank a trey mid way through the opening quarter and put back an offensive rebound.
Sadie Sudduth drove to the hoop for a lay up before she took a long rebound and drove coast-to-coast. She battled her way through a foul for a basket and converted the free throw for the old-fashion three-point play.
Sa. Sudduth and Sy. Sudduth both added a final basket during the opening quarter. Yvonne Diaz put back a rebound just prior to the first period buzzer. The Lady Mules led 22-10 at the end of the first quarter.
The Lady Mules cooled down some in the second quarter and the Lady Cats cut the Lady Mule margin to 33-24.
The Cats got off to a fast start in the third period with a 9-0 run but the Lady Mules got fired up and came back strong to out score the Cats 16-14 to lead 49-38 after three quarters.
Niblett got the Lady Mules started with back-to-back assists by Sy. Sudduth that turned into baskets. She would add a third hoop before the quarter ended. Diaz scored in the paint and Brittney Mendoza drained a 3-pointer 40 seconds prior to the quarter ended.
Sa. Sudduth hit a third quarter trey and Sy. Sudduth made a pair of charity tosses.
The Lady Mules drilled a hole in the clock and drained the time away in the final quarter. Niblett made five free throws and Diaz added one. Sa. Sudduth and Sy. Sudduth chipped in two free throws each.
Niblett led the scoring charge for the Lady Mules with 18 points that included one 3-pointer. Sa. Sudduth was just one point behind with 17 points that also included a 3-pointer.
Sy. Sudduth made two first period treys and 14 points. Diaz added five points, Mendoza sank a trey for three points and Reagan Reynolds finished a fast break in the second period for two points.
Sa. Sudduth waited 35 seconds into the game to knock down a 3-pointer in Friona. She later scored a hoop on an in bound play. Emily Precure sank a pair of 3-pointers in the opening quarter and Mendoza sank a trey from the wing. Niblett and Sy. Sudduth both chipped in free throws to give the Lady Mules a 16-6 lead after one quarter.
The Lady Mules continue to hit on all cylinders with Niblett starting the second period with a free throw. She scored in the paint later in the half. Sy. Sudduth line up a shot from behind the arc and sank the trey.
Mendoza followed her lead with her second 3-pointer of the half. Precure made back-to-back lay ups and Hallie Myatt dropped in a short jumper. The Lady Mules led 31-13 at the intermission.
The Lady Mules did not relax at the during the intermission and out scored the Squaws 16-11 in the third period for a 47-24 lead entering the final eight minutes of the game.
Sy. Sudduth took a pass from Sa. Sudduth and drove to the hoop for the Lady Mules first two points of the second half. The Lady Mules used a little inside-out as Niblett made a pass from the blocks to Sa. Sudduth.
Sa. Sudduth had a toe on the arc when she let the ball fly and swish the net for two points. She later picked a Squaws pocket and drove the floor for a lay up. Diaz made a pair of free throws and Niblett added a pair of free throws and then hit from the elbow.
Niblett made the Lady Mules’ only hoop in the final period and Jasmine Garza chipped in a free throw. The Lady Mule defense held Friona to a single hoop in the final period.
Niblett set the scoring pace for the Lady Mules against Friona with 12 points and Precure made all 10 of her points in the first half. Sa. Sudduth finished with nine points. Sy Sudduth and Mendoza added six points each. Esparza, Diaz and Myatt dropped in two points each. Garza chipped in one point.
The Lady Mules wrapped up their regular season Tuesday night when the Tulia Hornets came to Muleshoe.