The Fillies had very little trouble working through the championship bracket last weekend in the Denver City Tamale Shootout earning a spot in the finals against a very good Lubbock Monterey team.
In this order, the Fillies defeated Littlefield 70-31, Monahans 79-24, and Lovington 63-26, before dropping a 58-56 decision to Monterey.
In the first round the Fillies jumped out to an 18-5 first quarter lead that grew to 39-15 at halftime that led to their 70-31 win. Morgan Dial led all scorers with 21, Holly Hemmeline had 16 and Cassidy Esmerado added nine more.
The Fillies then took on Monahans in the second round and took up where they left off in the Littlefield game in a 79-24 drubbing of the Lady Lobos. Another fast start for the Fillies had them up 40-16 at intermission. A 9-0 run to start the third quarter soon led to a 60-23 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.
This time Cassidy Esmerado was high point with 25 points followed by Holly and Morgan with 16 and 15 respectively. Haley Henderson added seven and Hailee Villarreal chipped in six.
Against Lovington the Fillies opened the game on an 11-0 run that included 3-point baskets from Morgan, Cassidy, and Holly. After closing out the first quarter up 19-5 the Fillies started the second stanza on a 15-4 run that led to a 36-14 first half lead. The pressure continued in the third quarter and the Fillies entered the final quarter up 48-20.
Holly led the way with 19 points followed by Cassidy with 12. Morgan and Dacey Gutierrez both tossed in nine points that added to the point total.
The championship game was back and forth with Monterey up 20-18 at the end of one. A basket by Hailee Villarreal tied things up early in the second quarter before the two teams traded leads with the Fillies going up 32-27 with 2:50 left in the first half. Monterey responded with an 8-3 run, but the Fillies were still up 35-34 at intermission.
The Fillies opened the fourth quarter on a 9-2 run and were up 44-36 when they suddenly went ice cold. At that point Monterey went on a 14-0 run of their own to open up a 50-44 lead. Holly made a basket at the end of the quarter to end the run, but the Fillies were still trailing 50-46 heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Down 54-49 Holly made still another basket to cut the lead to 54-51. Cashing in from the charity stripe the Monterey lead went back to 56-51, a Daisy basket made it 56-53 and Cassidy nailed a 3 pointer from the right side to tie things up at 56-56. That’s when a missed Fillie layup followed by two Lady Plainsman free throws accounted for the final two point margin.
“We played really good and competed the entire game,” Coach Kody Brown said. “We had some great looks at the end of the game and just couldn’t get one to fall. I was extremely proud of our girls and how they competed in the tournament. Our goal was to improve and get better as a team and our girls did just that. This is a fun group to watch, they never give up!”
All Tournament Selections included Morgan Dial, Cas Esmerado, and Holly Hemmeline.
The Fillies traveled to Muleshoe on Tuesday and then will takepart in the Midland Tall City Oil Man’s tournament over the weekend. They will close out their non-district schedule with a trip to Farwell next Tuesday and then return home on Friday to host Pecos. On December 28-30 they will take part in the Brownwood tournament before opening district play at home against Levelland on January 5.