September 23, 2020
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By Jimmy Villa

A win last week against the Tulia Hornets secured a playoff spot for the Muleshoe Lady Mules for the first time in years.
With the victory, the Lady Mules finished fourth in district.
“The win held a large amount of importance because if we had lost, we would have had to play Tulia again for a playoff spot,” said Lady Mules Coach Kim Chaffin.
In the first quarter of the game, the Lady Mules got off to a great start. The Lady Mules’ Keely Dunham made the first basket to put them on the board. The Hornets answered with a jump shot of their own.
Then the Lady Mules would go on a 6-0 point run with Kendal Miller and Dunham. The Lady Mules also had help from the free throw line with Alyssa Wheeler hitting three of four of her shots and Natalie Ambriz hitting one, which brought the score to 11-2. Another jump shot from Ambriz and a 3-point shot from Madison Price added more points to the board for the Mules. Tulia scored once more before the end of the first quarter bringing the score to 19-8.
More aggressive offense from both sides created a back-and-forth second quarter in the game. The Lady Mules came out with a lead of 31-20 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Lady Mules did not let off the gas. They stayed consistent with the aggressive offense and shooting. The Lady Mules’ defense kept the Lady Hornets at bay while helped them start the final quarter with a lead of 46-31.
To start out the fourth quarter, Alyssa Wheeler busted a three-point shot and got the Lady Mules and the home crowd pumped up. Then the Hornets caught their second wind and went on a 12-0 run. The team let Tulia get to the line where they almost caught up bringing the score to 49-42.
The Lady Mules managed a good enough lead to get out of the game victorious. The final score of the game was Lady Mules 58, Lady Hornets 44.
The Lady Mules faced the Idalou Wildcats in their first playoff game.
“We will prepare for Idalou much like we have prepared for our other games throughout the season,” Chaffin said. “Drills will consist of working for clean execution of our offensive and defensive attack. We will pull out all the stops for Idalou, and we hope to come out very physical from the tipoff.”
Lady Mules played Monday night in Plainview for their playoff game but we did not have the outcome we had hoped for. Stats of the Muleshoe Lady Mules vs. the Idalou Lady Wildcats were not available at press time.

Rhea Gonzales


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