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Sudan Nettes’ Basketball

By Derek Lopez

The Sudan Nettes’ varsity basketball team opened district play on Friday with a solid victory over Hale Center, 40-21.
With the victory, the Nettes improve to 15-3 overall, 1-0 in district play.
It was a tight game early-on as the Nettes outscored the Lady Owls, 9-7.
The Nettes added nine points in the second quarter, while their defense held Hale Center to just two points in the quarter, making the score, 18-9, going into the locker room at halftime.
The Nettes opened the second half with a, nine-point third quarter, while their defense again held the Lady Owls to just two points, making the score, 27-11, going into the final quarter of play.
In the fourth quarter, Sudan outscored Hale Center, 13-10, to close out the game, 40-21.
Delanie Black led the team in scoring with 16 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block. Hannah Miller chipped in eight points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks, while Lexi Bartley contributed six points, five rebounds and one steal.
Brianna Wallace tallied four points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal, while Kaegan Edwards finished with three points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal and Payton Tolbert added three points, three steals, one assist and one rebound in the contest.
The Nettes traveled to Olton on Tuesday to take on the Fillies. Results were not available at press time. They will continue district play on Friday with a road game at Farwell.
Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Sudan Hornets’ Basketball

By DEREK LOPEZ

Head Coach Rocky Winn takes over a young Sudan Hornets’ varsity basketball team looking to build up the boys’ basketball program.
Coach Winn has been coaching 28 years, 15 of which he has been a head basketball coach.
“I spent the last 10 years at a middle school in Amarillo; we fed into Amarillo High School,” he said. “I wanted to get back into high school and Sudan was the place.”
Coach Winn has two first-year coaches on the sideline with him this year in Klark Ashmore and Austin Zundt.
“Both of my assistant coaches are right out of college. They’re both hard workers, they give a lot of input and I give them a lot of leeway to coach and basically we’re just trying to get the kids ready to play each game,” he explained.
The Hornets are 2-15 overall on the season as they get ready to tip-off their district schedule.
The Hornets have three seniors on this year’s squad: Call Morris, Erbay Herrera and Ethan Pendergrass.
“I have three seniors, one has a broken foot and one has a hurt arm, so I’m down to one senior, but the kids are real scrappy,” the coach said.
The team also features two juniors, Ruben Rodriguez and Chris Schovajsa; four sophomores, Josh Leal, Christian Montes, Parker Battin and Alex Conley and one freshman, Bode Box.
“We’re not very good shooters, we had to spend a lot of time on it, but they’re getting better,” Coach Winn said. “Christian is coming along handling the ball and doing a good job of distributing the ball properly at the right times. It’s just kind of getting to know each other, I don’t know how much time they’ve spent playing with each other. It’s just a process.”
Coach Winn talked about who his leaders have been so far in the season, saying, “They hold each other accountable. Christian is probably the quarterback of the team. Offensively he is the one who handles the ball and distributes it. Defesnviely, Parker Battin, he is on the floor all of the time, he is real scrappy. He gets on the floor a lot and that gets everybody else to be more aggressive.”
He added, “They’re all held accountable and that’s what I like and each one of them takes it, they don’t take it personal, they take it as constructive criticism. That’s a good thing that they are starting to care a little bit and are working hard at those little details to get better.”
The coach talked about the way the team has bought into his system, saying, “We started off doing something offensively that I wanted – I had a concept in my mind – but it wasn’t right for this team. I told the parents at the parent meeting that if it wasn’t working that I was going to change it and after the second game, I said, ‘this isn’t what y’all need right now.’”
He added, “Basically, we’re doing exactly what Amarillo High does and they’ve made it all the way to the state finals with this offense. The defense is just what we did at Amarillo, which is a man defense with some different types of principals. That’s basically what we’re doing and they’ve kind of bought into it. it’s a little bit different, a lot of help; if you’re not on the ball you’re guarding two guys. It’s picking up, every game it’s getting better and by the time district rolls around we should be pretty solid.”
Coach Winn said that he feels their strength has always been their quickness.
“Our reaction time is kind of slowing that up right now, but we’re in proper position.”
He added, “Our biggest weakness is that we have no size, I mean none. I think my tallest guy, I don’t even think he’s 6’0. So, when they have to guard 6’3, 6’5 guys it’s difficult, not impossible, but we have to work on those things because they’re not used to having to do that type of stuff. That’s our biggest obstacle right now is to defend the low post, the big guy with the ball coming into the lane and keep him sealed off.”
Coach Winn gave his outlook on the district, saying, “It is tough. It seems like everybody has a big kid if not two or three of them except for us. I don’t know a whole lot about Bovina, Lockney and Hale Center, but I will. I’ve seen Farwell and Olton play and they’ve got some big guys, but I think we can be competitive against them. We will have to shoot good and play really good defense, but I think we will be ready when that time comes.”
He added, “A lot of these teams are running zone, so we’re working on that because we have to get our shooting down and our rotations. I think we’re going to be competitive, I hope we can make it into the top four that was my goal. It’s going to be tough, but I think we have the talent to do it and the kids believe they can do it and there is no substitute for confidence.”
Their remaining schedule is as follows: Friday, Jan. 12th, at Farwell; Tuesday, Jan. 16th, home against Bovina; Friday, Jan. 19th, at Lockney; Tuesday, Jan. 23rd, home against Hale Center; Friday, Jan. 26th, at Olton; Tuesday, Jan. 30th, home against Farwell; Friday, Feb. 2nd, at Bovina and Tuesday, Feb. 6th, home against Lockney.
Those contests are scheduled to tip-off at 8 p.m.
They will travel to Hale Center on Feb. 9th and will close out the season on Feb. 13th at home against Olton.
Those two game times are TBA.

More Sudan Nettes’ Basketball

By DEREK LOPEZ
The Sudan Nettes’ varsity basketball team is primed to make a play-off push under veteran head coach Benny Lockhart.
Coach Lockhart is assisted this year by second-year coach Lacee Logan and first-year coach Evan Vaden.
“He [Evan] played basketball at Lubbock Christian University and Howard Payne University and he is doing a nice job with our junior high,” Coach Lockhart said.
The Nettes finished the season last year with a thrilling, 56-55 win over New Deal to claim the 2A Bi-District trophy before being downed by Claude, 60-32, in the Area round.
Coach Lockhart has the Nettes off to a 13-3 overall start including a Whitharral Tournament Championship and a second-place finish in the Anton Tournament.
“The Whitharral Tournament was fun for us, especially the championship game, because we played the host school, at night, so the gym was packed,” Coach Lockhart said. “It was two communities that love basketball; we’ve won state, they’ve been there and won state, so the communities love their girls’ basketball. It was kind of a play-off atmosphere in that little bitty gym. That made it fun for the kids to have to step up, because Whitharral led the whole game and we blew them out in the fourth quarter.”
He added, “It was fun to see the kids step up and finish a game, even with the poor shooting that we had. Kaegan [Edwards] was unbelievable, she played a fantastic game and one we’ve been waiting for her to play. That was an unbelievable game by her in that championship game.”
The Nettes have four seniors on this years’ squad: Hannah Miller, Delanie Black, Lexi Bartley and Kaegan Edwards.
“All four of them have really stepped up in their leadership roles in different ways. Some in games, some in practice, some in the locker room. So that has been nice to watch them develop,” the coach said.
The Nettes have two juniors: Emma Herrera and Brianna Wallace and three sophomores in Callan Netherland, Payton Tolbert and Kamryn Goen.
“We have a good mixture of kids this year and even though we played 12 games, we’re still trying to figure out our roles because we started the year with Hannah injured; she has only played nine games,” he said. “We had to adjust to playing without her and now that she’s back, we’re trying to adjust to having her back, so we still have kids trying to figure out their roles.”
Coach Lockhart talked about who his offensive, defensive and vocal leaders are, saying, “Offensively, we turn to Lexi, Hannah and Delanie a lot.” He added, “Defensively, we put a lot of our team defense on Payton and Kaegan. We expect them to shut down their best players every game and they usually rise to the occasion.”
The coach talked about his vocal leader, saying, “Delanie has been with me on varsity since her freshman year, so I turn to her a lot for leadership as far as talking to kids.”
Coach Lockhart said that what they need to work on, “is pretty easy, because we have been shooting poorly, especially free throws.”
He added, “Our strength has to be our defense, our defense has been unbelievable. We’re holding our opponents to under 30 points per game and that has happened in over half of our games so far.”
He talked about the season to this point, saying, “It’s been a good season so far, I know the kids wish they could have the Sundown game and the Patton Springs game back, especially the Patton Springs game, they know they should have won that game.”
He added, “The Sundown game was good for us; we had chances to win it, it was a good growing game for us.”
The coach gave his outlook on the district, saying, “I think these kids want the district championship. They can see it and they believe they can win it.”
Their remaining schedule is as follows: Friday, Jan. 12th, at Farwell; Tuesday, Jan. 16th, home against Bovina; Friday, Jan. 19th, at Lockney; Tuesday, Jan. 23rd, home against Hale Center; Friday, Jan. 26th, at Olton; Tuesday, Jan. 30th, home against Farwell; Friday, Feb. 2nd, at Bovina and Tuesday, Feb. 6th, home against Lockney.
All contests are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tip-offs.

 

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