Tiger basketball struggles in pair of contests
By Melissa McCaghren
The Slaton Tigers basketball team was dealt a couple of tough losses this past week.
The team lost to the Littlefield Wildcats 40-56 on Tuesday (Dec. 15) and then the Tahoka Bulldogs 31-40 Friday (Dec. 18).
Head Coach Stacy Godfrey said the team has been struggling on shooting and other aspects of the game.
“We lost both games to two teams that were really sound on offense and defense. That’s something we are trying to fix ourselves. We can’t win ball game shooting 22 percent from the field and having over 14-15 turnovers per game,” he said.
“We are still trying to figure it out and adjusting a lot of things on the Varsity level and still trying to find the right combination of players on the floor and during practices,” Godfrey added. “Adjusting plays on offense and defense and trying to find the right plays and defense strategies to help us make it into the playoffs.”
In the Littlefield game, top scorer was Hudson Sackett with 11 points. Other scorers were Braeden Gibbs with nine, Alizae Mendez with six, Camryn Nalley with five, Ayden Ramirez with four, Treven Baker with three and D’Marcus Trotty with two.
In the Tahoka game, top scorer was Sackett with 16. Other scorers were Gibbs with eight, Baker and Trotty with three each and Travazien Samuels with two.
Even with the points scored, Godfrey said he’s working hard to get the players more consistent in scoring each game.
“Hudson Sackett and Treven Baker are my top shooters and getting them to buy in and be more consistent from game to game. Braeden Gibbs need to be finisher at that rim, that way it opens up our outside shooting,” he said.
“Ayden Ramirez and Camyrn Nalley need to be a presence down low and to be top rebounders for us ever game.
“Overall all our effort is there, we need to show a lot more sense of urgency on both ends of the floor.”
Now, it’s on to District play.
The Tigers opened up their District against the Abernathy Antelopes Tuesday (Dec. 22). Scores will be reported in next week’s edition.
Slaton is in a basketball District with Roosevelt High School.
They will be off the rest of the week for Christmas then play again Dec. 29 against Lubbock Christian.
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In other area games:
• Roosevelt boys lost 48-71 to Brownfield in a game Dec. 15. They went on to defeat the Idalou Wildcats 62-36 Monday (Dec. 21). Their next game will be Jan. 1 against Abernathy.
• Roosevelt girls lost 34-63 in a game against Childress Dec. 15 and also lost a 28-74 game against Idalou Monday (Dec. 21).
• Southland did not report any scores of press time Tuesday (Dec. 22)
• Wilson will not have any games until January due to a transition to virtual learning.