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By Delton Wilhite

There was only five freshman Lady Mules able to take the court Monday evening to play the Slaton Tigerettes. Slaton had a full slate of players. The Lady Mules fell behind 7-0 in the first period before the Lady Mules ever scored. Slaton went on to lead the Lady Mules 15-5 at the end of the opening period.
The Lady Mules battled back over the next three quarters to cut the Slaton lead to 30-29 with ten seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Lady Mules were forced to foul, and Slaton missed the front end of the one-and-one situation.
The Lady Mules grabbed the rebound, drove the floor, and put up a shot from 20 feet that would not fall. Slaton slipped out of Muleshoe with a 30-29 win.
Destiny Florez scored the Lady Mules first hoop of the game. Dani Moran sank a basket, and Jordan Zapata chipped in a free throw. Slaton led 15-5 after one quarter.
The Lady Mules turned up the heat with full-court pressure to hold Slaton to three points in the second frame. Heather Chavez started the Lady Mule scoring run with a free throw, and she added three baskets before the first half ended. Zapata and Moran dropped in a bucket each. The Lady Mules had cut the Slaton lead to 18-16 by the half.
Zapata made a layup to tie the game at 18-18 to start the third period. Chavez again tied the game at 20-20, and Florez added a hoop. Slaton increased their lead to 27-22 with one quarter left to play.
Fatigue may have affected the Lady Mule shooting in the final period, but they continued the relentless full-court press. Moran made back-to-back baskets, and Zapata dropped in a hoop. Kaitlyn Kelley chipped in a free throw.
Chavez paced the Lady Mules with nine points. Moran finished with eight points, and Zapata had seven points. Kelley chipped in one free throw.
The Lady Mules traveled to Friona to play the Maidens Monday night. The Lady Mules return home December 11 to host the Shallowater Fillies.

Rhea Gonzales


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