Lady Mules beat Friona, lose to Fillies

By Delton Wilhite, Sportswriter

The Lady Mules ended January with a 48-37 win over the Friona Squaws. The start of February was not as good for the Lady Mules.

Photos by Norman Brantley

They fell to the Shallowater Fillies 69-38.
The Lady Mule defense held the Friona Squaws to three points in the opening period. Keely Dunham scored from the blocks just seconds into the game. Yvonne Diaz took a feed from Brianna Barron to score from the blocks.
Anahi Barrera finished a fast break with a layup. Kyndal Miller broke through the back door, and Dunham delivered her the ball. Barron was running on a fast break and laid the ball gently on the glass. The Lady Mules led Friona 10-3 after one quarter.
Barron picked off a Squaw pass and drove to the hoop to open the second period. She later chipped in a free throw. Brooke Garza was fouled while shooting and made one from the charity line.
Dunham scored in the paint late in the half and chipped in a free throw before the intermission. The Lady Mules led 17-11 at the half.
Lilly Barrera finished a fast break to open the third quarter. Diaz fed Dunham with a cross lane pass for a short jumper. Later Barron drove to draw the defense and dished to Dunham for the hoop.
Diaz put back an offensive rebound. Alyssa Wheeler made a steal and drove the floor for a hoop. Garza drained a pair of charity tosses. Cassidy Cage nailed a 3-pointer just before the period ended. The Lady Mules led 32-24 with one quarter left to play.
Dunham scored in the paint twice early in the final frame. Diaz chipped in a free throw. A. Barrera made a driving layup. Wheeler made five-of-six free throws. Miller made two charity tosses and then finished with a layup.
Dunham led the Lady Mules with 13 points. Wheeler dropped in seven points, and Miller added six points. Diaz and Barron finished with five points each. A. Barrera had four points. Cage and Garza made two points each. L. Barrera chipped in two points.
Points were harder to come by Friday evening against the Shallowater Fillies. L. Barrera made a short jumper in the opening period. Diaz put back an offensive rebound for only four Lady Mule points in the opening period. The Lady Mules trailed Shallowater 23-4.
Wheeler made five-of-six free throws in the second period. Dunham scored from the blocks. Diaz cleaned up the backside for a hoop. A. Barrera drove the lane for a layup. The Lady Mules trailed 36-15 at the intermission.
Diaz had the hot hand for the Lady Mules in the third quarter with four hoops. Wheeler dropped in a short jumper. L. Barrera drained a 15-foot jump shot from the wing. A. Barrera chipped in a pair of charity tosses and later made a five-foot jumper. The Lady Mules trialed 51-31 with one quarter left to play.
Barron made a pair of free throws, and Wheeler chipped in a single charity toss. Miller drove for a hoop, and A. Barrera drained a 12-foot jumper to end the game.
Diaz led the Lady Mules with 12 points. Wheeler and A. Barrera made eight points each. L. Barrera dropped in four points. Barron, Miller, and Dunham chipped in two points each.
The Lady Mules closed out the season by hosting the hottest team in the district, the Roosevelt Lady Eagles.

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