By Melissa McCaghren
The Slaton Tigers Basketball team jumped back into action after a COVID quarantine to split their games over Tuesday and Friday nights (Dec. 8 and 11).
The Tigers lost to the Denver City Mustangs 61-42 Dec. 8, but pounced back against the Sundown Roughnecks 56-44 for Senior Night.
Head Coach Stacy Godfrey said the team had a rocky start last week when they played the Mustangs. “We had just come off a two week quarantine with one practice. We did not play very well, a lot of mistakes and bad turnovers,” he said. “Defensively we struggle with keeping the ball in front of us and not having good defensive ball rotation and help. We pretty much got out hustled on both ends of the court and did not respond.”
Top scorers for the game were Hudson Sackett with 20 points, Treven Baker with 12, Braeden Gibbs with six, Camryn Nalley and Evan Lopez with two each and Alizae Mendez with one point.
They, however, rallied to return Friday evening, when they defeated the Roughnecks, which Godfrey credits to their work over the days between games.
“After Tuesday night’s game we really focused on those fundamental things that lead to that Denver City loss. We had two good days of practice and brought a lot of energy into Friday night which lead to the win,” he said.
Lead scorers in the game were Baker with 19, Ayden Ramirez with 12, Sackett and Mendez with six each, Gibbs and Nalley with five each and D’Marcus Trotty with two.
Now, they focus on the upcoming weeks where District action comes into play.
The team played Littlefield Tuesday evening (Dec. 15) at home. Results will be reported in next week’s edition.
The team will then start their District game against Abernathy Dec. 22 at home.
Currently, Godfrey is working on ways to help the team go further than last year, when they lost a play-in playoff game against the Brownfield Cubs. “We really are now focusing on mental and physical play in practice and in game,” he said. “Without those two things it’s hard to win in any sport.”
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In other area games:
• Southland boys 23, Sands 73 during a game Dec. 11 at home.
• Roosevelt boys 51, New Deal 55 during a Dec. 11 game at New Deal.
• Roosevelt girls 32, New Deal 47 during a Dec. 11 game at New Deal.
• Wilson is off until January.