By Melissa McCaghren
The Tigers opened up their District season on a tough note, losing 49-37 against the Abernathy Antelopes Dec. 22 at home.
That said, Head Coach Stacy Godfrey felt the team played tough overall.
“Tuesday night’s game we came up short at the end. We had a great first half of play, the players stuck to the game on offense and defense, that open up a lot of scoring opportunities for us and we made a lot of stops defensively,” he said.
“The Abernathy coach did a great job of adjusting for the second half and really made us play fast, which we started forcing shots and that capitalized on our missed shots and turnovers.
That said, he was impressed with the efforts over previous games.
“Our kids played tough and battled the entire game, but when you only score nine points the second it’s hard to win a game,” he added.
“The team has adjusted well to what we have ask of them offensively and defensively.”
Top scorers of the game were Braeden Gibbs and Hudson Sackett, who scored 11 points each.
Other top scorers were Camryn Nalley with six, Treven Baker with five and Ayden Ramirez and Evan Lopez with two each.
While there were a lot of points, Godfrey said they would need to keep improving to have a chance to advance past District. “Our top players made some plays in the first half, but have to be able to sustain that in the second half as well. Once we are able to play the entire game, great things are going to happen,” he said.
The Tigers played again Dec. 29 against Lubbock Christian there.
Godfrey said the game was going to be tough, but the Tigers can win if they work hard.
“Lubbock Christian High School is going to be another great fundamentally sound team, but if we come out and play all four periods of the game we should be okay,” he said.
Scores from the LCHS game will be reported in next week’s edition.