By Melissa McCaghren
The Slaton Tigers and
Tigerettes played two tough matches against Idalou (Jan. 7) and Littlefield (Jan. 10).
The Tigers split their matches, defeating Idalou 59-43, then losing 54-35 against Littlefield.
The Tigerettes lost 50-33 against Idalou and 51-42 against Littlefield.
Top scorers in the Idalou game were Quevon McDaniel with 23 points, Breaden Gibbs with 11 points and Kevondrick Gober with 10 points.
Head Coach Stacy Godfrey was pleased overall with the team’s hard work in the win. “I thought we played as a team on offense, they shared the ball and finished at rim, something we have been working on in practice,” he said.
Still, there is room for improvement. “Defense was better, but still not where we want it to be,” Godfrey added.
In the Littlefield game, top scorers were Hudson Sackett with 13 points, Gober with eight and McDaniel with seven points.
“(We weren’t) able to score to much on offense, they packed the paint on us and we wasn’t really attacking those areas. That hurt us scoring, but we must learn to take and finish the outside shots,” said Godfrey. “They had two big guys on offense that has played very well and I thought defensively, we played one (of) our best games, we stopped their top scorers like we worked on.
“We must be able have other players step up and come in the game and contribute.”
The top scorers during the Idalou game were Mary Jo Parker with 11 points, TK Robinson with 10 points, Kamryn Gibbs with nine points and Zanady Coronado with three points.
In their match against Littlefield, Tigerette players scoring were Robinson with 13, Gibbs with nine, Coronado with eight, Parker with four, Kayli McCord with three, Payton Potts and Andrea Moreno with two and Kaylee Franklin with one.
Head Coach Tiffany Potts said she saw positives, but there was definitely room for improvement.
“The team is coming together and playing to their strengths. We have to continue to find more opportunities to get everyone involved offensively,” she said.
This was especially true in scoring.
“We need six players (to) score six to eight points per game to be successful offensively,” she added.
Both teams played in Denver City Tuesday evening (Jan. 14) and will play Friday (Jan. 17) at home against Roosevelt.
The girls will finish their first round in District play.
Results will be in next week’s edition.