Red Devils down Hooker at free throw line PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 January 2010 13:04

By Phil Sandoval

Sports Editor, Guymon Daily Herald

TEXHOMA  - Give Texhoma and Hooker credit.

Each team hoped they would play each other in the Texhoma Tournament’s girls championship game. Both were thwarted from that opportunity when Balko and Boise City, respectively, sent the two area rivals into Saturday’s third-place game with overtime losses the day before.

“They came back with a with a great attitude and ready to get back on the floor,” said Texahoma coach David Rosenberg of Hooker.

So did the Lady Red Devils.

After a three quarter long nip-and-tuck battle with their area rivals, Texhoma took command in the final eight minutes, outscoring Hooker, 13-6, to best the Bulldogs, 37-30.

What pleased Rosenberg the most about the victory was that his young team won the game down the stretch on free throws.

Against Balko, the Red Devils hit a paltry 34 percent (10-of-29) from the stripe. They corrected that problem by making 13-of-25 shots Saturday.

“Maybe we grew up a little bit, stepped in line and knocked down important free throws,” Rosenberg noted.

Texhoma utilized an undiscovered tap of cool under fire at the line in the fourth quarter.

All seven of the Red Devils points in the final three and a half-minutes of play came of free throws.

The majority of those opportunities came during a Texhoma 5-0 scoring run after Brittany Beattie’s 3-pointer gave the lead back from Hooker, who took their a 26-24 advantage at the start of the period on a basket from Shayla Mathis.

It was the only time the Bulldogs held a lead the entire game.

Defense, said Rosenberg, was the difference.

“That was it. When you play Hooker - Lucero Ugarte and Shayla - are going to score the bulk of their points. If you can find someway to slow those two down. You’re going to have a chance. That was the whole idea of what we were trying to do defensively.”

To that end, Texhoma was successful.

Hooker’s main scoring threats were held to a combined 11 points.

Mathis was held scoreless in the first half until hitting for seven after intermission. Lucero Ugarte ended the game with 4 points.

As a team, Hooker never reached double figures in a quarter.

In the fourth quarter after Mathis’ field goal, the Bulldogs missed their last six shots they had in the game.

Beattie led Texhoma with 11 points, followed by Berry and All-Tournament pick Shelbi Moore, who had 7 each.

 

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