Lady Mules vs. Abernathy (11-8-2016)
The Lady Mules fell behind 10-0 in the first four-and-a-half minutes of their opening game of the season. They were hosting the always competitive Abernathy Lady Lopes. After a timeout, the Lady Mules cut that lead to 13-8 by the end of the first period.
The Lady Mules continued to battle through the second quarter and went to the dressing room at halftime tied 22-22.
Little did the players, coaches or fans know what sort of ride they were going to have in the final 20 minutes of the game. When time ran out in the final period, the game was still tied 41-41.
Sydnie Sudduth tied up the overtime period when she battled her way through a foul and put back an offensive rebound with just 41 seconds left in the game. The Lady Mules got the ball back and ran the clock down to just a final few ticks.
Sadie Sudduth drove the lane and dished to Sy. Sudduth along the baseline. Sy. Sudduth managed to scoop the ball up to the rim. The ball bounced on the rim once; the final buzzer began to sound, and the ball fell through the hoop to give the Lady Mules a 50-48 win.
Lilly Barrera was fouled out front as the overtime period began. She went to the line to shoot a free throw. She dropped the first shot through but missed the second but gave the Lady Mules a 42-41 advantage with 3:36 remaining in the OT.
Abernathy made two-of-four free throws to retake the lead and then dropped in a trey to extend their lead to 46-42 with 1:55 left in the game.
Fifteen seconds later Sa. Sudduth lined up her first 3-pointer of the night to cut the Lady Mule deficit to 45-46 with 1:40 still on the clock. Abernathy made their final two points with free throws with 1:15 left in the game. The Lady Mules took over after that.
Reagan Reynolds was fouled with 43 seconds left in the game and missed her free throw but Sy. Sudduth grabbed the offensive rebound, and the rest is history.
Sadie Sudduth led the Lady Mules with 19 points in the game, and that includes a 3-pointer in the overtime period. Yvonne Diaz made nine of her 11 points in the first half. Sydnie Sudduth scored 10 points, but five of those points came in the OT.
Reagan Reynolds finished with seven points and hit a 3-pointer early in the second half. Keely Dunham made two points and Barrera chipped in one point in the OT.
The Lady Mules hosted Olton Tuesday night and will travel to Levelland November 21.