By Jimmy Villa
The Muleshoe High School varsity girls basketball team played the Spearman Lynx here at home on Friday.
“The game felt much like a roller coaster ride with many highs and lows” said Head Coach Kim Chaffin. “After starting the game off very well, we seemed to run into a few walls, scoring-wise, on a few occasions.”
After winning the jump ball to start the game the Lady Mules found Keely Dunham underneath the basket for a jump shot to give the Lady Mules their first points and a 2-0 lead. On the next Spearman possession, Anahi Barrera stole the ball and drove the lane grabbing a foul. Barrera was good for both of her free throws.
After a 6-0 lead, Spearman found the basket for their first two points and took over the quarter thereafter. They only allowed the Lady Mules two more points to their 12 to finish the first quarter with the Lady Mules down 8-12.
Barrera was the only Lady Mule to score in the second quarter with six points – four of those coming from the free throw line.
The Lady Mules went into halftime trailing 14-20.
In the second half of the game, the Lady Mules sent Spearman to the free throw line.
“One main difference between the first time we played Spearman and this time was the fact that they scored 23 points off of free throws,” said Chaffin. “Spearman shot 29 free throws in the second half alone. Our resilience at the end of the game was strong, but the clock struck zero before we were able to catch back up. We need to do a better job of being in defensive position if we are going to keep our playoff hopes alive.”
The score was 23-37 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter with the help of the defense of Kendal Miller and relentless play of Dunham and Barrera, the Lady Mules battled to the end falling short with a score of 43-49.
Chaffin said: “We have faced many strong opponents throughout our season, and we are part of a very talented district that is peaking at the right time. Going 3-0 in our last three games of regular season secures a birth into the playoffs. The stakes are high and we are up to the challenge!”