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#2 Loboettes Survive Scare at Muleshoe to Move to Seven-and-Oh

LoboLoyalty“Anytime anyone sees Loboettes across your chest you are going to get that teams best,” and that is what the Levelland Loboettes got from the Muleshoe Lady Mules on Monday night as the Loboettes survived with a 51-to-35 win to move to seven-and-oh on the year.

It was touch and go early until Paige Royal popped to threes midway through the first frame giving the Loboettes a 15-to-eight lead after one.

While the game didn’t seem in doubt much, it was never comfortable either.

Levelland gave up six second quarter turnovers but forced eight on Muleshoe and while scoring just 12 in the second frame they held the Lady Mules to just six and led 27-to-14 at the break.

Levelland did shoot better through the back half hitting eight-of-14 from the floor and created 10 turnovers on the Lady Mules to secure the 51-to-35 win.

Paige Royal, two days after being named the MVP of the Ponder Lady Lion Tournament, led the Loboettes with 18 including three three’s and a five-of-six from the free throw line. Miranda Villegas finished with 11 but was the only other Loboette in double figure. Natalie Velardez scored six while Madi Ruiz connected for five. Megan Latham and Allie Latham added three each off the bench while MaKayla Escue and Brytnee Bordayo scored two each and M’Kenzi Campbell added a single free throw in the win.

Yvonne Diaz led Muleshoe with 12 while Keely Dunham scored ten in the loss.

Shooting was a struggle for both teams.

Levelland hit on 13-of-37 from the floor at 35% while hitting on six-of-17 from behind the arch.

Muleshoe shot 13-of-36 from the floor without a three point attempt.

Levelland won the free throw line hitting 19-of-29 while Muleshoe hit nine-of-12.

The Loboettes hung 12 turnovers compared to Muleshoe’s 22.

Levelland moves to seven-and-oh on the year as the number two Loboettes have one contest left before Thanksgiving. They head to Dimmitt on Tuesday night to take on the Bobbies and will be joined by their counter parts, Coach Jeff Bontrager’s Levelland Lobos.

Varsity girls tip at 6:30pm with the boys to follow.

Levelland Lobo and Loboette Pregame Show starts at 6:00pm on KLVT AM1230 and http://www.klvtradio.com.

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Loboettes Climb in TABC Poll

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Levelland Loboettes Ponder Lady Lion Tournament Champions!

The Levelland Loboettes have been on the move, literally and poll wise as Levelland has climbed to number two in the 4A Texas Association of Basketball Coaches weekly poll.

The Loboettes, ranked number six in the preseason poll, have spent the first six dates of 2017 on the road and have rattled off six straight wins, and depending on who you would ask, six impressive wins.

Wins at 6A Frenship, 3A powerhouse Shallowater and four in the Ponder Tournament including John Paul II, Brock, Celina and Ponder have the pollsters noticing.

Levelland has averaged nearly 70 points per game through their front six games and surrender just over 40 on average.

The Levelland Loboettes have two more on the schedule before the Thanksgiving break including a trip to Muleshoe on Monday and to Dimmitt on Tuesday.

After Thanksgiving they travel to Andrews on the 28th and host the 2017 Levelland Invitational November 30th through December 1st.

The Loboettes tip at Muleshoe on Monday at 6:30pm with Loboette Pregame Show at 6:00pm on KLVT AM1230 and http://www.klvtradio.com!

Lady Texans Extend Win Streak to Nine Games with Comeback Win over West Texas Drive 64-59 Sunday at the Texan Dome

MikaylaKuehneLEVELLAND — Trailing 53-43 as the clock dwindled down in the third quarter, Mikayla Kuehne sank a 3 from the top of the key to cut the deficit to seven entering the final 10 minutes.

That shot proved to be crucial for the No. 16 Lady Texans as they overcame a double-digit second half deficit to down West Texas Drive 64-59 on Sunday at the Texan Dome to extend their win streak to nine games.

Leading by two with under a minute to play, Kuehne would connect on another 3, this time from the wing as the shot clock expired to ice the game as South Plains improved to 9-1 on the year. Kuehne finished the contest with a team-high 17 points including five 3s over 26 minutes.

Christina Baker chipped in 12 points and 10 boards for the orange and blue and Gabbie Green totaled 10 points and four rebounds. West Texas Drive’ Aisha Martin led all scorers with 21 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the field. Sharon Beam finished with 16 points, four rebounds and three steals for West Texas Drive, while Lauren Abbott totaled seven points and four boards in 31 minutes.

With South Plains leading 38-34 at the midway point, Beam hit a pair of free throws with 2:40 remaining in the third quarter to cap a 10-0 run that gave West Texas Drive a 49-39 lead.

Trailing 53-46 entering the fourth after being outscored 19-8 in the third quarter, South Plains came roaring back as they cut the deficit to just two on a 3-ball from Gabbie Green with 5:17 to play.

Following a pair of free throws from Baker that tied the game at 57 apiece with 2:36 left in regulation, Kuehne connected with a trey from the elbow, putting South Plains up 60-57.

Martin brought West Texas Drive within one, 60-59 with a free throw with 1:36 left, but it wouldn’t be enough as Chelsea Hunter hit one of two free throws that put the Lady Texans up two before Kuehne found the bottom of the next with four seconds left.

South Plains shot just 33 percent from the floor and 30 percent from behind the arc. West Texas Drive didn’t fare much better as they posted a 38 percent shooting mark from the field and committed 25 turnovers in the contest.

South Plains will look to push its win streak to 10 games on Tuesday when they tipoff against Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely, Colorado on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m.

(Thanks Jordan Irvine, Sports Information Coordinator, South Plains College, http://www.spctexans.com)

Loboettes Crush Field at Ponder, #5 Levelland Six-and-Oh in 2017

LoboettesPonderTournamentThe Levelland Loboettes hit the road to the Ponder Tournament over the weekend and returned with a four-and-oh run, a Ponder Lady Lion Tournament Championship, two on the all tournament, and the tournament MVP selection.

After wins over John Paul II, Boyd and Celina, the Loboettes squared up with the host team the Ponder Lady Lions and while the Loboettes battled foul issues in the contest they rolled along for a 64-to-46 win and the tournament Championship.

Paige Royal led the Loboettes with 13 as four found double figures. McKayla Escue hit for 12 while Miranda Villegas and Natalie Velardez scored 11 each.

With the win, Levelland improves to six-and-oh on the season and loaded the all tournament list with names.

Paige Royal averaged over 14 points per game on her way to being named the Ponder Lady Lion Tournament Most Valuable Player. McKayla Escue and Miranda Villegas, Esuce averaged eight per game while Villegas went for over 15 per contest, were both name to the First Team list for the tournament.

Now at six-and-oh and ranked number five in the state, the Levelland Loboettes have two more on the schedule befor the Thanksgiving break including a trip to Muleshoe on Monday and to Dimmitt on Tuesday.

After Thanksgiving they travel to Andrews on the 28th and host the 2017 Levelland Invitational November 30th through December 1st.

The Loboettes tip at Muleshoe on Monday at 6:30pm with Loboette Pregame Show at 6:00pm on KLVT AM1230 and http://www.klvtradio.com!

Texans place 2nd, Lady Texans place 3rd on Saturday at Half Marathon Championships in Kansas

marathonbanner2017TOPEKA, Kansas — The South Plains College men’s and women’s half marathon teams added to the trophy case on Saturday at the 2017 NJCAA Half Marathon Championships at the Lake Shawnee and Bettis Family Sports Complex.

The Texans earned a second place overall finish and finished with a final team time of 3:34:07.8. Iowa Central placed first with a team time of 3:25:50.8. South Plains was led by sophomore All-American Felix Kosgei who placed fourth overall amongst 51 runners with a time of 1:09:54.4.

Freshman Andrew Bosquez was the second Texan to cross the finish line at the 1:11:29.3 mark, good enough for seventh overall. Filmon Beyene earned a 10th place finish for the orange and blue with a time of 1:12:44.0, while Jessie Madrid placed 22nd with his time of 1:15:22.9.

“Our guys ran a very smart race on a tough course and went out at the pace they needed to,” South Plains head coach Erik Vance said. “Felix finished fourth which was a spot better than he finished in cross country, and we were really happy with how our guys went out and competed. To go out and get a second place finish at a national meet is always a positive, and we were pretty ecstatic with how they ran today.”

The Lady Texans earned a third-place finish as they placed three runners inside the top 20 and finished with a final team time of 4:22:06.6. Iowa Central placed first with a team time of 4:09:05.3, while El Pass Community College took second with a time of 4:17:09.0.

Sophomore Seselia Dala placed fourth overall amongst 47 runners with a time of 1:23:58.1. Leslie Romero took seventh with a time of 1:27:14.0 while Poro Gahekave placed 16th with her time of 1:30:54.5 and Caitlyn Mercer earned a 22nd place finish for South Plains with a time of 1:33:58.6.

“Our women went out and competed extremely hard like they have done all year,” Vance said. “Seselia ran very well and finished inside the top five and Leslie was right there behind her. Poro ran her last race for South Plains College, and all in all, they did a great job and went out and ran as hard as they could possibly run.”

(thanks Jordan Irvine, Sports Information Coordinator, South Plains College, http://www.spctexans.com)

No. 16 Lady Texans oust Phoenix College 86-53 Saturday at the Texan Dome

MikaylaKuehneLEVELLAND — Mikayla Kuehne scored a career-high 28 points while Christina Baker and Alexis Popham each chipped in 12 as the No.16 ranked South Plains College women’s basketball team tamed the Phoenix College Lady Bears 86-53 on Saturday the Texan Dome.

“We were trying to use the extra pass to get open and it worked well today,” Kuehne said. “We’ve been working on getting one extra pass and my teammates did that today and we were able to pick up another win. We knew we had to match their energy and we really tried to do that on the defensive end which really helped us out on offense.”

South Plains jumped out to an 18-6 lead midway through the first quarter on a bank shot from Baker. A pair of free throws from Haleigh Hill put the Lady Texans up 21-9 with under a minute to play in the first quarter.

South Plains continued to pour it on in the second quarter as Kuehne opened the lead to 34-16 with a jumper with 5:48 to play before the break. Baker and Kuehne combined for 27 points at the midway point as South Plains led 47-24 at the half.

“We tried to stick to what we do and come out and have more energy than they did,” Baker said. “Our energy always ends up getting extra possessions and we don’t want to leave anything to chance. If we can get an extra steal and get the ball back to our offense and create opportunities, we believe we can have success. Defense wins games and we know we have to continue to make stops to get where we want to be.”

South Plains forced 29 turnovers in the contest as they extended their lead to 26 thanks to a Kuehne’ 3-ball with 5:38 to play in the third. Baker put the Lady Texans up 68-35 with a putback at the basket with 1:39 left. Leading 70-40 entering the fourth quarter, Hill pushed the lead to 74-42 with a jumper from 10-feet with under nine minutes to play.

Popham hit a jumper off the glass midway through the fourth as the Lady Texans would go on to pick up their eighth consecutive win dating back to Nov. 4.

“I think we’re getting a lot better at sharing the basketball and doing a good job of finding the open shot,” South Plains head coach Cayla Petree said. “We stress every day to play unselfishly and be very aggressive in the half court and attack the basket. We try to be really aggressive on defense which sometimes can hurt us if we take too many gambles, but right now we’re focusing on being aggressive on both ends of the floor.”

The Lady Texans will return to the hardwood on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Texan Dome when they take on West Texas Drive.

(Thanks Jordan Irvine, Sports Information Coordinator, South Plains College, http://www.spctexans.com)

No. 3 Texans down Collin County 100-79 Saturday at the Texan Dome

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Greg Shead in Action at the Dome Saturday against Collin County

LEVELLAND — The No. 3 ranked South Plains College men’s basketball team eclipsed the century mark for the second this season on Saturday as they bested the Collin County Cougars 100-79 at the Texan Dome.

South Plains shot 54 percent from the floor in the contest and knocked down seven 3s in the first 20 minutes as they improved to 4-2 on the year. Collin County shot just 40 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3 as the Cougars fell to 4-2 on the season.

“I thought we played a little better today than we have to this point,” South Plains head coach Steve Green said. “I think we’ve played the first four of five games this season and didn’t recognize our big guys on our team. I’ve tried to emphasize the last couple of days we need to involve them more which would make it easier on the perimeter.”

South Plains opened the contest with an 18-3 run capped by an Isaiah Maurice layup at the 13:43 mark of the first half. Ben Perez pushed the lead to 19 with under 10 minutes to play with a jumper from 15-feet.

Collin County responded with 10 unanswered points and trimmed the lead to 28-19 on a free throw from Jackson Nobles. Maurice put the Texans back up 46-32 with a conversion at the rim with under two minutes remaining before the break.

“We were able to get the ball inside and I found some good looks early on,” said Maurice who finished with a season-high 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting. “We were trying to get to our spots on the floor and focus on playing team basketball. We need to watch film of our last two games so we can fix our mistakes and work on moving the ball in transition and playing our game on defense.”

Leading 52-37 at the midway point, South Plains would come out in the second half and shoot 51 percent from the field and held the Cougars to a 14-for-34 shooting mark in the final stint. Jordan Brangers, who tied his career high with 38 points gave the Texans a 68-52 lead with a 3 from the top of the key with 15:14 to play.

Keith McGee put The Texans up 21 with a layup at the 10:07 mark of the second half. South Plains would go on to lead by as much as 26 on a Greg Shead layup with 5:43 to play as the Texans picked up their third win in as many games.

“There are two things that will tell if we’re going to be any good, and that’s can we stop anyone in the half court and can we share the basketball on the offensive end,” Green said. “If we can do that we can be pretty good if we don’t do one of those two we’re going to struggle.”

Tajzmel Sherman led the Cougars with 25 points in 26 minutes. Nobles finished with 15 points and four rebounds shooting 7 of 10 from the floor. South Plains’ Asuquo Efretuei chipped in nine points and corralled nine boards while Raymond Doby pitched in with nine points and eight rebounds.

South Plains will return to action on Nov. 24 when they tip off against Seminole State College at 4 p.m. at the Collin County Thanksgiving Classic. Following that game, South Plains will take on Murray State on Nov. 25 at 4 p.m.

(Thanks Jordan Irvine, Sports Information Coordinator, South Plains College, http://www.spctexans.com)