By Delton Wilhite, Sportswriter
The injury-ridden and bug-bitten Lady Mules got off to a quick start to the week with a 58-20 win over the Dimmitt Bobbies. Only six of the Lady Mules were in uniform when the Lady Mules hosted Dimmitt.
The Slaton Tigerettes were prepared for the visiting Lady Mules jumped in front early. The Lady Mules battled back and took a two-point lead by the end of the first half. Slaton came on strong in the second half to defeat the Lady Mules 52-40.
The Lady Mules utilized full-court pressure to create Dimmitt turnovers that were soon converted to points. Keely Dunham was fouled while shooting in the first 15 seconds of the game.
Dunham made one free throw to get the Lady Mules started. Brooke Garza scored twice near the blocks on feeds from Anahi Barrera. She finished the quarter with a third basket. Lilly Barrera made back-to-back driving layups, and Kyndal Miller put back an offensive rebound. The Lady Mules led Dimmitt 13-6 after the first period.
It was more of the same in the second period as the Lady Mules continued to apply pressure and force Dimmitt turnovers.
Garza banked in a short jumper to start the second frame. Dunham scored in the paint, and Cassidy Cage made a pair of free throws. Miller drained a short jumper from near the elbow. A. Barrera made a steal and drove the floor for a layup. She chipped in a free throw and sank a shot that beat the buzzer. The Lady Mules led 28-11 at the half.
The Lady Mule defense held Dimmitt to two free throws in the third quarter. L. Barrera sent a bounce pass to Dunham posting up for a turnaround jumper. Cage got the assist on Dunham’s basket. Dunham chipped in a free throw and added another basket before the quarter ended.
Cage hit a 15-foot jumper. Garza scored in the paint, and A. Barrera chipped in a free throw. L. Barrera completed a three-point play by converting the free throw following a hoop. The Lady Mules led Dimmitt 43-13 with one quarter left to play.
Garza made back-to-back hoops to open the final period. Miller put back an offensive rebound. Cage, L. Barrera, and A. Barrera made a hoop each. Dunham chipped in a free throw and finished the game with an eight-foot bank shot.
All six of the Lady Mules that were in uniform scored during the game. Garza led the Lady Mules with 14 points. Dunham was right behind with 13 points. L. Barrera was in double digits with 11 points. A. Barrera dropped in eight points. Miller and Cage finished with six points each.
The Lady Mules got off to a slow start in the opening period at Slaton with only seven points. Yvonne Diaz made a free throw three minutes into the opening quarter. Brianna Barron drove for a layup and Dunham bank a short jumper off the glass. Cage finished a fast break. The Lady Mules trailed Slaton 14-7 after one frame.
The Lady Mules hit their stride in the second period. L. Barrera sank a trey from the wing and later picked a Tigerettes pocket and drove to the hoop. Cage put back a rebound, and Miller made a pair of free throws along with a short jumper.
A. Barrera picked off a pass and drove to the hoop. She later chipped in a free throw. Dunham was fouled as she sank a short jumper that tied the game at 21-21. She converted the free throw to put the Lady Mules in front. The Lady Mules led 24-22 at the intermission.
Dunham made a short jumper three minutes into the second half. She later scored on an inbound play. Miller chipped in a free throw. The Lady Mules trailed 32-29 with one quarter left to play.
Miller opened the final the final period with a layup. Cage dropped in a short jumper, and Barron drove the lane for a hoop. A. Barrera chipped in three free throws, and Diaz added two more from the charity line.
Dunham led the Lady Mules with nine points. Miller finished with seven points. Cage and A. Barrera added six points each. L. Barrera made five points, and Barron finished with four points. Diaz chipped in three points.
The Lady Mules hosted Friona Tuesday evening and will travel to Shallowater to play the Fillies Friday night.