By Melissa McCaghren
Slaton Tiger basketball was dealt a couple of tough losses this past week, losing to Tulia 41-34 Dec. 17, then 71-66 against Levelland Friday Dec. 20.
Top scorers in the Tigers’ loss against the Hornets were Camryn Nalley with 12 points, Quevon McDaniel and Kevondrick Gober with seven each, and Hudson Sackett and Braeden Gibbs with four each.
Head Coach Stacy Godfrey said the game was a bit of a struggle at first.
“We came out a little flat,” he said. “We didn’t play to our top potential.
“We talked about that in our practice. Some things we need to get fixed, and we worked on those things.”
He added that this practice showed later on in the Friday night game.
Top scorers during the Tiger’s loss against the Lobos were McDaniel with 32, Gibbs with 11, Sackett with 10, Ayden Ramirez and Treven Baker with four, Gober with three and Mikey Solis with two.
Godfrey said it was a tough loss, but a learning experience for the team. “It’s like I told the locker room, you can’t get down on good teams and try to get comebacks,” he said.
“I think we outscored them in the second half, but when you’re down by 15 you try to catch up that’s kind of heavy to try and win the ballgame.”
That said, he complimented the team’s effort. “I think everybody contributed to what they needed to do to try and win this ballgame, so I’m going to give hats off to everybody tonight.”
The Tigers will compete in the Caprock Tournament Dec. 26-28 where they will face a team from Canada. Godfrey said he is looking forward to the game and seeing the style the country plays.
The team will then open District play against Abernathy Jan. 3 at Abernathy.