Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mules vs. Dimmitt (12-20-2016)

Mules vs. Dimmitt (12-20-2016)
The Mules had made two jaw-dropping comebacks in the Farwell Tournament earlier in the season. The Mules fell behind by 13 entering the final quarter and came up one point short Tuesday night against the Dimmitt Bobcats in the first district game of the season.
Dimmitt defeated the Mules 67-66.
The Mules jumped out to a quick start in the game and led 12-4 after the first eight minutes of the contest. But the wheels seemed to come off for the Mules in the second period.
The Bobcats did not miss when they launched a three-point shot and took advantage of a hole in the Mule press to pour in 30 points. The Mules became frustrated when nothing seemed to fall and only scored 10 points.
In the third period, the Mules attempted a comeback, but the Bobcats managed to hold them off. Jason Florez and Dagen Dunham took over the game for the Mules in the final period and together scored 22 of the Mules 25 points.
Dunham ripped the net from behind the arc for the Mules first hoop. He had added two more baskets before the first quarter ended. Beto Diaz scored inside the paint and later chipped in a free throw. Florez added two charity tosses in the opening period. The Mules led 12-4 after the first eight minutes.
Tre Villa was fouled attempting a layup and made both free throws ten seconds into the second period. Dunham later fed Villa the ball for a layup. Diaz sank a 3-pointer and chipped in a free throw. Dunham scored with a short jumper and sank his second trey of the game.
The Mules had fallen behind 34-22 by the intermission as Dimmitt had pumped in 30 points during the second period.
Florez opened the scoring for the Mules with a drive to the hoop a minute and a half into the third period. He would add a second basket during the quarter plus sink three-of-four free throws.
Jesse Leal made two hoops in the third quarter, and Diaz made one basket plus a free throw. Dunham allowed frustration to prevent him from scoring more than one basket. Javy Perez completed an old fashion three-point play by battling through a foul for a basket and added the free throw.
The Mules had scored 19 points in the third period, but Dimmitt added 20 points to lead the Mules 54-41 with eight minutes left to play.
Florez opened the final frame by picking a Bobcat’s pocket and driving the floor for a hoop. He added two more baskets before sinking a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left on the clock.
Diaz put back and offensive rebound and later chipped in a free throw. Dunham put back a rebound for his first hoop of the final period. He then jerked down a defensive rebound and drove the floor for a basket. He added two more baskets and dropped in a 3-pointer.
Any two of the Mules’ 12 missed free throws would have won the game.
Dunham led the Mules in scoring with a team-high 22 points. Florez finished with 18 points with 16 of those points coming in the second half. Diaz added 13 Mule points. Leal and Villa dropped in four points each. Perez chipped in three points.
The Mules took off the mandatory five days but return to workouts and play in the Texico Wolverine Tournament December 28, 29, and 30. The Mules return to district action January 3, 2017, when they travel to Slaton to play the Tigers. The Mules return home January 6 to host the Friona Chieftains.     

Lady Mules vs. Dimmitt (12-20-2016)

Lady Mules vs. Dimmitt (12-20-2016)
The Dimmitt Bobbies proved to be no match for the Lady Mules Tuesday evening in the Muleshoe High School Gymnasium. The Lady Mules improved to 8-7 on the season and 2-1 in District 2-3A.
The Lady Mules trailed by two points after the first quarter but began to blow open the game in the second period. The Lady Mules held a 24-18 lead at the end of the first half and finished the night by defeating the Bobbies 43-35.
Emily Precure got the Lady Mules off to a fast start by sinking a 3-pointer 25 seconds into the game. The Bobbies got hot from behind the arc after that and hit three treys and a deuce during the first period.
Keely Dunham scored with an up-and-under move. Sadie Sudduth drove to the hoop for a layup and later hit a free throw. Sydnie Sudduth chipped in a free throw before the period ended. The Lady Mules trailed 11-9 after the first eight minutes of play.
Sa. Sudduth spotted up from behind the arc 40 seconds into the second period. She later added a layup. Sy. Sudduth had sunk a trey and a short jumper before the half ended. Reagan Reynolds made a baseline jumper. Yvonne Diaz finished with a free throw and scored in the paint with time running out. The Lady Mules had opened a 24-18 lead by the intermission.
Precure sank her second trey of the game to start the second half. The Lady Mule aggressive defense all but shut down the Bobbies and held them to four points. Sa. Sudduth made a layup and chipped in a pair of free throws before the third quarter ended.
Lilly Barrera was fouled shooting and made both free throws. She added a layup with just 10 seconds left in the quarter. Sy. Sudduth hit a trey from the top of the key. The Lady Mules led 36-22 when the final period started.
Diaz completed an old fashion three-point play by making her free throw after battling her way through a foul for a layup. She chipped in two more free throws before the game ended. Sa. Sudduth made a layup with an assist from Sy Sudduth.
Sa. Sudduth had a game-high 14 points along with five assists, four rebounds, and three steals. Diaz finished with eight points, one assist, one blocked shot, five rebounds, and two steals. Sy. Sudduth made seven points, one assist, two rebounds, and one steal.
Precure added two 3-pointers for six points and made three steals. Barrera dropped in four points, pulled down three rebounds, and made two steals. Dunham scored two points and grabbed eight rebounds. Reynolds chipped in two points, snagged one rebound, and one steal.
The Lady Mules will take a five-day Christmas break before starting back to practice. The Lady Mules will travel to Seagraves December 29, to play the Lady Eagles at 3:30 PM. The Lady Mules return to district action January 3, 2017, when they travel to Slaton to play the Tigerettes at 6:30 PM

JV Mules vs. Dimmitt (12-20-2016)

JV Mules vs. Dimmitt (12-20-2016)
The JV Mules dominated the Dimmitt Bobcats in the Mules district opener Tuesday night. The Mules went on a 19-2 scoring run in the first half. The Mules led 33-13 at the intermission.
The Mules went on to defeat the Bobcats 57-29.
Julian Astorga scored first by putting back an offensive rebound one minute into the first period. He would add two more baskets before the end of the quarter. Raul Sierra went coast-to-coast for a layup.
Brady Martinez nailed a 3-pointer as the first period was coming to a close extending the Mule lead to 19-10.
Jacob Kettner made a steal and drove to the hoop for a layup to open the second period. The Mule defense held the Bobcats to just three points in the second quarter while pouring in 14.
Luke Del Toro sank a trey to open the second half for the Mules. Sierra and Izaiah Hurtado made two baskets each as the Mules outscored the Bobcats 11-8. The Mules had extended their lead to 44-21.
Luke Leal sank a 3-pointer in the final period as the Mules finished off the Bobcats.
Astorga led the Mules with 12 points that all came in the first half. Del Toro and Leal both scored seven points. Hurtado, Sierra, and Kettner dropped in six points each. Luis Franco finished with four points, and Martinez had three points. Isreal Vasquez, Wyatt Parker, and Izaiah Perez chipped in two points each.
The Mules will work out during the Christmas break and will return to action January 3, 2017, when the Mules travel to Slaton to play the Tigers. The Mules then will return home January 6 to defend their home floor against the Friona Chieftains.

JV Lady Mules vs. Littlefield (12-13-2016)

JV Lady Mules vs. Littlefield (12-13-2016)

The JV Lady Mules rattled off a 21-point second period to claim a 31-8 lead over the Littlefield Lady Cats Tuesday night. The Lady Mules held on in the second half to claim a 43-30 victory in the first district game of the season. 

Brianna Barron is much like the Energizer Bunny in that she goes, and goes, and keeps on going. Barron stole the ball from a Lady Cat and drove the floor for a layup to give the Lady Mules an early lead. She later sank a 3-pointer. 

The Lady Mules led 10-7 at the end of the first period. 

Kyndal Miller scored seconds into the second period to kickoff the scoring run. She had added two more hoops before the quarter ended. Barron made two steals in the quarter and drove for layups.

Alyssa Wheeler made a short jumper. Abriana Mendoza sank a 3-pointer plus hit a short jumper. Noa Rojas made a hoop, and Melody Moran scored just before the buzzer sounded. The Lady Mules led 31-13 at the intermission. 

The second half was not as productive for the Lady Mules, but they held on for the win. 

Barron finished the game with 11 points. Miller dropped in eight points. Natali Elizalde and Mendoza scored five points each. Wheeler made a pair of shots for four points. Moran, Kayla Torres, Citali Vargas, Rojas, and Maddison Price chipped in two points each. 

The Lady Mules wrapped up their 2016 season Tuesday night when the Dimmitt Bobbies visited Muleshoe. 

9th Mules vs. Shallowater (12-12-2016)

9th Mules vs. Shallowater (12-12-2016)
The freshmen Mules battled the Shallowater Mustangs and led 27-23 at the intermission. The Mustangs stormed back in the second half to defeat the Mules 53-39.
Cristian Bustillos kicked off the Mules scoring after Shallowater jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Mules. Eddie Vasquez chipped in his first of three free throws and Kelan Florez made a short jump shot as the Mules closed in on the Mustangs.
Vasquez made two free throws to give the Mules a 7-6 lead with 4:22 remaining in the first period. Bustillos scored his second basket of the period, and Florez chipped in a free throw. Vasquez drained a 3-pointer to extend the Mules’ lead to 13-8.
Vasquez continued to have a hot hand in the second quarter and scored the Mules first basket for the Mules. Carter McCamish nailed a 3-pointer to put the Mules up 18-8. Ricky Diaz made a layup with just under five minutes left in the half.
Vasquez sank his second 3-pointer of the game, and the Mules led 27-23 at the half.
The Mules left their game in the locker room at the break, and Shallowater outscored the Mules 16-5 to reclaim the lead 39-32. The Mustangs took the momentum into the final period and outpaced the Mules 14-7.
Vasquez led the Mules with 14 points. Florez dropped in seven points, and Bustillos added five points. Matthew Alarcon made all four of his points in the third quarter. McCamish and Diaz scored three points each. Jose Cardenas made two points in the final period, and Derek Barron chipped in one point. 
The Mules will break for Christmas and will return to action in 2017 when they travel to Littlefield January 9 to play the Littlefield Wildcats.   

8th Mules vs. Shallowater (12-12-2016)

8th Mules vs. Shallowater (12-12-2016)
The Shallowater Mustangs ran a full-court press from the opening tip to the final buzzer against the eighth-grade Mules. Shallowater won the game 44-14.
Victor Velasquez dropped in a free throw for the Mules only score in the opening quarter. The same time frame saw the Mustangs post 11 points.
The Mules did better in the second quarter with Victor Velasquez scoring a hoop 15 seconds into the period. Joey Martinez added a basket with 1:20 remaining in the half. JT Toscano chipped in a free throw just before the end of the half. The Mules trailed 18-9 at the intermission.
Toscano made the Mules only basket of the third period.
Velasquez blocked a shot and Joe Gutierrez took the ball to the other end and scored a basket. Velasquez made the Mules final two hoops of the game.
Velasquez led the Mules with seven points. Toscano added three points. Martinez and Gutierrez chipped in two points each. The Mules will now take the Christmas break and will return to action in the new year on January 9 when they travel to Littlefield to play the Wildcats. Lubbock Roosevelt canceled the January 2 game with the Mules.  

7th Mules vs. Shallowater (12-12-2016)

7th Mules vs. Shallowater (12-12-2016)

The seventh-grade Mules found themselves outgunned Monday afternoon against the Shallowater Mustangs. The Mustangs opened a 10-4 lead over the Mules in the first period and never looked back after that. 

Shallowater took the day 42-16. 

Jeremiah Baron finally got the Mules on the board with two minutes left in the first period. Zach Hasley added the Mules second hoop. 

Baron scored all of the Mules’ points in the second period with two free throws and a basket. The Mules trailed 19-8 at the intermission. 

Hasley sank a basket midway through the third quarter, and Nathan Ferguson chipped in a free throw. The Mules trailed 29-11 with one-quarter left to play. 

Hasley dropped in a hoop two minutes into the final period. Josh Estraca added a second basket and Daniel Avila chipped in a free throw for the final point of the game. 

Barron and Hasley set the scoring pace for the Mules with six points each. Estraca dropped in two points. Avila and Ferguson chipped in one point each. 

The Mules return to action January 9 when they travel to Littlefield to play the Wildcats. Lubbock Roosevelt canceled the game scheduled for January 2.