By Delton Wilhite, Sportswriter
The seventh-grade Lady Mules all but shut out the Friona Maidens Monday evening. It was the final game of the season for the Lady Mules. The Lady Mules closed out the season with a record of 12-3 by defeating Friona 37-4.
“We started a little slow,” said Lady Mule coach, Jalissa King. “But we finally got it together. We used several of the skills we had been working on in practice. This has been an absolutely wonderful team to work with this year. They have been sponges absorbing every opportunity to learn the game.
Kylie Hernandez was fouled while shooting and made one free throw near the midpoint of the first period. Araceli Diaz scored on an inbounds play to put the Lady Mules in front to stay. Kassie Kelley scored from the elbow. The Lady Mules led 5-2 after one quarter.
Friona’s final two points of the game came early in the second period. Diaz again scored on an inbounds play. Hernandez stole a Friona inbound pass, made one dribble, and kissed the ball off the glass for a hoop.
Seconds later, Hernandez scored from the right elbow. Hernandez continued her dominance by stealing a Maiden inbound pass and drove to the hoop. Raelee Garza cleaned up the backside with a putback. Hernandez hit from 15 feet from the left wing. The Lady Mules led 17-4 at the half.
Diaz passed to Kelley for an open shot from the elbow. Diaz scored on an inbounds play, and a minute late put back an offensive rebound for a hoop. Aaliyah Sanchez hit from the right elbow extended. Ashton Hardwick scored from the blocks to end the third period with the Lady Mules leading 27-4.
Hernandez pushed the ball ahead to Garza running on a fast break for a layup. Kendra Kelley passed to Diaz in the paint for a basket. Nautica Mills put back an offensive rebound. Hardwick sank a 17-foot jumper from the right wing to end all scoring.
Diaz paced the Lady Mules with 10 points. Hernandez finished with nine points. Garza had six points. Hardwick and Ka. Kelly scored four points each. Sanchez and Mills chipped in two points each.