By Melissa McCaghren
The Slaton Tigers continued their struggles last week, losing to the Shallowater Mustangs 45-86 Tuesday evening (Jan. 12) and the Idalou Wildcats 43-48 Friday (Jan. 15).
Head Coach Stacy Godfrey said both teams were going to be tough matches against for the Tigers, and it showed.
“Shallowater is a well balanced team, their coach does a great job with those kids over there. They get kids every year that can play well and there is no real drop off from their bench players as well. Having a 12-13 man roster can really come in handy,” he said.
“Once again our overall shooting percentage hurt us. It’s hard to win any game shooting an overall 33.3 percent,” he added. “Right now we are focusing on finishing at the rim and make shots when we need them, shooting is our main focus right now.”
In the game against the Mustangs, lead scorer was Braeden Gibbs with 20 points on the night.
Other top scorers were Treven Baker with 11 points, Hudson Sackett with 10 points, and Camryn Nalley and Evan Lopez with two each.
Godfrey said the Idalou game was better than Shallowater, and reflected in the five point difference.
“Idalou was a game that was battled back and forth the whole night. It just came down to who wanted more and Idalou made the shots they needed to win,” he said.
In the game, the Tiger’s lead scorer was Gibbs with 14 points. Also scoring were Sackett and Nalley with 10 points each, Baker with seven points, and Ayden Ramirez with two.
Godfrey said, in spite of the team’s losses, they were still figuring out things amongst themselves to improve in the second round of District. “(I) think the second half we are going to play better,” he said.
Teams did not play Tuesday (Jan. 19).
The team starts up their second round of District facing Abernathy Friday (Jan. 22).
“Abernathy is gonna be a winnable game if we just come out and execute the things we do well,” he said.
Scores from the Friday game will be published in next week’s edition.