By Melissa McCaghren
The Slaton Girls’ basketball team suffered a pair of losses to open up their 2019-20 District season.
The team lost 50-33 Dec. 17 against Brownfield, then 43-31 to Shallowater.
“Both games we’re just coming out, playing really good defense,” said Head Coach Tiffany Potts. “It’s a tough District, and we know that we’re going to have to be able to get defensive stops to be successful.
“We’ve got to turn those defensive stops into offensive scores and we’re just struggling to put the ball in.”
During the Tigerettes’ game against the Cubs, top scorers were Mary Jo Parker with 19 points, Kamryn Gibbs and Andrea Moreno with five points each, then Payton Potts and TK Robinson with two each.
“During the Brownfield game, Mary Jo Parker just played huge for us. Scored 19 points and was super aggressive with the basketball from the three point line and attacking the rim. The ball goes through her hands 90 percent of the time and she’s playing really good basketball.”
The team’s game top scorers against the Fillies were Parker with eight, Zanady Coronado with seven, Gibbs and Moreno with six, Potts with three and Jazmyn Jackson with one.
Potts said she was pleased with her team’s senior leadership throughout the game.
“I thought my senior leadership just really stepped up defensively,” she said. “All five of my seniors were just getting after it.
“And then we put Xari Naylor in, another senior and not getting lots of playing time but she goes after and plays really good defense. Plays hard for us, so (I’m) just proud of where our leadership is stepping up. In a tough District it’s going to pay off.”
The Tigerettes also presented the Fillies a poster and donation in honor of a Shallowater player who was killed in a car wreck recently.
The team will be taking five days off for Christmas break before they attend the Caprock Tournament on Dec. 26-28.
Their next district game will be against Abernathy Jan. 3 in Abernathy. The Tigerette’s next home game will be Jan. 7 against Idalou.