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Loboette “D” Better than Honey Bees, #7 Levelland Defeats #10 Stephenville 57-to-47 to Move to 4A Region One Final

LoboettesAtRip.jpgThe #7 Levelland Loboettes have been rolling up wins all season with their defense and Friday night was no exception to the rule as the Loboettes got by the #10 Stephenville Honey Bees 57-to-47 to advance to the 4A Region One Girls Championship on Saturday.

Levelland got a solid start both ways.

The Loboettes would get five points off turnovers and four off offensive rebounds in the first eight minutes and hung 13 points in the first quarter.

Stephenville kept pace getting five points from Jayci Morton and a three from Hailey Martin leaving Levelland in front 13-to-ten after one quarter.

Stephenville would actually take a one point lead late in the first and a one point lead early in the second before the Loboettes went on their run.

Every Levelland starter would score in the third quarter as they grabbed a 17-to-ten run through the second and led 30-to-20 at the break.

And that was that.

Stephenville would get back within six and seven points in the back half but never much closer.

The Honey Bees would win the third 15-to-13 to cut the lead to eight after three, but Levelland outscored Stephenville 14-to-12 down the stretch to seal the 57-to-47 win.

For the Loboettes, Miranda Villegas led the way once again as the sophomore hit for 19 points with a thee pointer and a four-for-four at the free throw line.  All that despite fouling out with over two minutes to play in the game.  Paige Royal and McKayla Escue both double doubled for Levelland as Royal collected 12 points and ten rebounds while Escue tossed in ten points and pulled ten boards.  Faith Garza added nine, Mari Ruiz five and M’Kenzie Campbell two in the win.

Stephenville was led by Jayci Morton with 12 and Hailey Martin finished with ten in the loss.

Defense did it again.

While Levelland shot just 19-of-56 from the floor, the Loboettes took 21 turnovers off Stephenville while collecting 14 steals and blocking four shots.

Stephenville bows out the 2017 playoff field as they finish the season at 27-and-nine overall.

Levelland, now 32-and-four, will advance to the 4A Region One Regional Championship for the first time in 19 seasons.

Saturday, February 25th, they will meet a familiar foe as they lock up with #4 Godley for an opportunity to attend the 2017 UIL State Basketball Tournament on the line.

The contest is slated for 7:00pm at the Rip Griffin Center on the campus of Lubbock Christian University.

Catch the action live on KLVT AM1230 and www.klvtradio.com with pregame starting at 6:15pm.

KLVT Area Playoff Basketball Scoreboard

klvtleadbannerGIRLS REGIONAL SEMI-FINALS
Levelland 57, Stephenville 47
Godley 65, Midland Greenwood 44
Claude 52, Sundown 39

BOYS AREA FINALS
North Crowley 70, Frenship 58
El Paso Burges 80, Lubbock Coronado 66
Lubbock Estacado 100, Clint 48
Seminole 73, Fort Stockton 48
Lamesa 83, Andrews 55
Crane 50, Shallowater 45
Littlefield 69, Ballinger 57
Albany 55, Smyer 52
Seagraves 55, Haskell 46
Stamford 51, Sundown 49
Meadow 65, Crowell 62
Springlake-Earth 78, Follett 76
Jayton 63, Ropes 36
Amherst 66, Paducah 53

KLVT Area Boys Playoff Basketball Update (2/24/2017)

klvtleadbanner6A
Frenship 49, El Paso El Dorado 41
North Crowley 70, Frenship 58
—Frenship Out—

5A
Amarillo High 59, Lubbock Cooper 29
—Lubbock Cooper—

Lubbock Coronado 77, Amarillo Caprock 56
El Paso Burges 80, Lubbock Coronado 66

4A
Perryton 57, Levelland 56
—Levelland Out—

Lamesa 62, Bushland 55
Lamesa 83, Andrews 55
Lamesa vs. Seminole, Tuesday February 28th, TIME TBA, Rip Griffin Center, Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock

Lubbock Estacado 79, Borger 59
Lubbock Estacado 100, Clint 48
Lubbock Estacado vs. Perryton, Tuesday February 28th, 6:00pm, Canyon High School

Seminole 58, Pampa 30
Seminole 73, Fort Stockton 48
Seminole vs. Lamesa, Tuesday February 28th, TIME TBA, Rip Griffin Center, Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock

3A
Littlefield 47, Tulia 31
Littlefield 69, Ballinger 57
Litttlefield vs. Canadian, Tuesday February 28th, 7:00pm, Amarillo High School

Shallowater 60, Amariilo River Road 37
Crane 50, Shallowater 45
—Shallowater Out—

Canadian 68, Muleshoe 40
—Muleshoe Out—

2A
Sundown 52, McCamey 36
Stamford 51, Sundown 49
—Sundown Out—

SEEDING GAME:  Seagraves 56, Morton 45
Anthony 93, Morton 57
—Morton Out—-

SEEDING GAME:  Seagraves 56, Morton 45
Seagraves 55, Van Horn 48
Seagraves 55, Haskell 46
Seagraves vs. Albany (TBA)

Smyer 73, Wink 60
Albany 55, Smyer 52
—Smyer Out—

1A
Ropes 74, Whiteface 59
Jayton 63, Ropes 36
—Ropes Out—

Ropes 74, Whiteface 59
—Whiteface Out—

KLVT Area Girls Playoff Basketball Update (2/24/2017)

klvtleadbanner6A
Frenship 55, El Paso El Dorado 19
Keller 49, Frenship 35
—Frenship Out—

5A
Canyon Randall 70, Lubbock Cooper 40
—Lubbock Cooper Out—

4A
Levelland 59, Pampa 36
Levelland 62, San Elizario 41
Levelland 64, Bushland 55
Levelland 57, Stephenville 47
Levelland vs. Godley, Saturday February 25th, 7:00pm, Rip Griffin Center, Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock

Bushland 53, Brownfield 35
—Brownfield Out—

Denver City 64, Perryton 52
Denver City 46, Mountain View 29
Midland Greenwood 60, Denver City 56
—Denver City Out—-

Dalhart 50, Lubbock Estacado 42
—Lubbock Estacado Out—

3A
Littlefield 48, Tulia 24
Littlefield 49, Alpine 18
Canadian 36, Littlefield 32
—Littlefield Out—

Idalou 65, Spearman 42
Idalou 63, Tornillo 23
Wall 43, Idalou 41
—Idalou Out—

Shallowater 39, Highland Park 27
Wall 43, Shallowater 31
—Shallowater Out—

Canadian 48, Lubbock Roosevelt 31
—Lubbock Roosevelt Out—

2A
Sundown 63, Iraan 31
Sundown 41, Forsan 37
Sundown 39, Christoval 31
Claude 53, Sundown 39
—-Sundown Out—-

Morton 45, Van Horn 41
Irion County 55, Morton 27
—Morton Out—

Tahoka 63, McCamey 33
Haskell 67, Tahoka 43
—Tahoka Out—

Abernathy 41, Olton 38
—Olton Out—-

PLAY IN GAME: Seagraves 51, Plains 48 (Plains Eliminated)
Wink 51, Seagraves 48
—Seagraves Out—

1A
Ropes (BYE)
Paducah 39, Ropes 34
—Ropes Out—

Whitharral 53, Wellman-Union 23
Whitharral 56, Knox City 33
Paducah 53, Whitharral 28
—Whitharral Out—

KLVT Area Girls Basketball Update (02/22/2017)

klvtleadbanner6A
Frenship 55, El Paso El Dorado 19
Keller 49, Frenship 35
—Frenship Out—

5A
Canyon Randall 70, Lubbock Cooper 40
—Lubbock Cooper Out—

4A
Levelland 59, Pampa 36
Levelland 62, San Elizario 41
Levelland 64, Bushland 55
Levelland vs. Stephenville, Friday February 24th, 8:30pm, Rip Griffin Center, Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock

Bushland 53, Brownfield 35
—Brownfield Out—

Denver City 64, Perryton 52
Denver City 46, Mountain View 29
Midland Greenwood 60, Denver City 56
—Denver City Out—-

Dalhart 50, Lubbock Estacado 42
—Lubbock Estacado Out—

3A
Littlefield 48, Tulia 24
Littlefield 49, Alpine 18
Canadian 36, Littlefield 32
—Littlefield Out—

Idalou 65, Spearman 42
Idalou 63, Tornillo 23
Wall 43, Idalou 41
—Idalou Out—

Shallowater 39, Highland Park 27
Wall 43, Shallowater 31
—Shallowater Out—

Canadian 48, Lubbock Roosevelt 31
—Lubbock Roosevelt Out—

2A
Sundown 63, Iraan 31
Sundown 41, Forsan 37
Sundown 39, Christoval 31
Sundown vs. Claude, Friday February 24th, 2:30pm, Texan Dome, South Plains College, Levelland

Morton 45, Van Horn 41
Irion County 55, Morton 27
—Morton Out—

Tahoka 63, McCamey 33
Haskell 67, Tahoka 43
—Tahoka Out—

Abernathy 41, Olton 38
—Olton Out—-

PLAY IN GAME: Seagraves 51, Plains 48 (Plains Eliminated)
Wink 51, Seagraves 48
—Seagraves Out—

1A
Ropes (BYE)
Paducah 39, Ropes 34
—Ropes Out—

Whitharral 53, Wellman-Union 23
Whitharral 56, Knox City 33
Paducah 53, Whitharral 28
—Whitharral Out—

KLVT Area Boys Basketball Playoff Update (2/22/20147)

klvtleadbanner6A
Frenship 49, El Paso El Dorado 41
Frenship vs. North Crowley, Friday February 24th, 7:30pm, Abilene
5A
Amarillo High 59, Lubbock Cooper 29
—Lubbock Cooper—

Lubbock Coronado 77, Amarillo Caprock 56
Lubbock Coronado vs. El Paso Burges, Friday February 24th, 7:30pm, Monahans High School

4A
Perryton 57, Levelland 56
—Levelland Out—

Lamesa 62, Bushland 55
Lamesa vs. Andrews, Friday February 24th, 6:00pm, Denver City High School

Lubbock Estacado 79, Borger 59
Lubbock Estacado vs. Clint, Friday February 24th, 6:00pm, Fort Stockton High School

Seminole 58, Pampa 30
Seminole vs. Fort Stockton, Friday February 24th, 8:00pm, Midland Lee High School

3A
Littlefield 47, Tulia 31
Littlefield vs. Ballinger, Friday February 24th, 6:00pm, Post High School

Shallowater 60, Amariilo River Road 37
Shallowater vs. Crane, Friday February 24th, 7:30pm, Denver City High School

Canadian 68, Muleshoe 40
—Muleshoe Out—

2A
Sundown 52, McCamey 36
Sundown vs. Stamford, Friday February 24th, 7:30pm, Post High School

SEEDING GAME:  Seagraves 56, Morton 45
Anthony 93, Morton 57
—Morton Out—-

SEEDING GAME:  Seagraves 56, Morton 45
Seagraves 55, Van Horn 48
Seagraves vs.  Haskell, Friday February 24th,  6:30pm, Ira High School

Smyer 73, Wink 60
Smyer vs. Albany, Friday February 24th,  6:30pm, Colorado City High School

1A
Ropes 74, Whiteface 59
Ropes vs. Jayton, Friday February 24th, 7:00pm, Lubbock Roosevelt High School

Ropes 74, Whiteface 59
—Whiteface Out—

Villegas Scores 22, Escue Pours in 19 and the #7 Levelland Loboettes Advance to Regional Semis with Win Over Bushland

loboettesregionalquartersThe #7 Levelland Loboettes got 22 from Miranda Villegas and 19 from MaKayla Escue on Tuesday night and defeated the Bushland Lady Falcons 64-to-55 to advance to the 4A Region One Semi-Finals set for Friday night at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock.

The Loboettes got a hot start to say the least.

Five from Miranda Villegas and four each from MaKayla Escue and Paige Royal led the Loboettes to a 15 point first quarter but as important as those points were, the points that were not were even bigger.

Levelland managed to keep Bushland off the scoreboard until a Briss Graham field goal with 2:19 to go in the first quarter.

The Loboette defense held Bushland to just six points in the front eight minutes and led 15-to-six after one.

Bushland didn’t go away quietly but the Loboettes never really let them get off the canvas either.

Faith Garza and Paige Royal would both hit threes in the second quarter while Levelland would go eight-of-eight from the free throw line in the second quarter.  Bushland would answer with five from Jalee Sims and four from Briss Graham.  Levelland would still win the second 16-to-12 and led 31-to-18 at the half.

Levelland would grow the lead to 20 with just under six minutes to go in the third while the offense really caught fire.

Paige Royal, Miranda Villegas and MaKayla Escue would all connect on threes in the third and coupled with Esuce and Villegas adding two two-point field goals each, Levelland hung a 20 on the board in the third.

Bushland hung in there.

Jalee Sims would hit a pair of threes and Liz Chunn hit a three as well and Bushland got 16 on the board in the third.

It would leave the score Levelland 51, Bushland 34 after three and it would be enough.

Bushland would not go away without a fight.

The Lady Falcons got another three from Sims while connecting on seven early free throws closed the lead back to nine but they would never get any closer.

Miranda Villegas, Mari Ruiz and Faith Garza would all connect on free throws in the stretch run and despite Bushland winning the fourth quarter 21-to-13, Levelland went on for the 64-to-55 win.

Levelland moves their record to 31-and-four overall while Bushland slips away from the playoff race and finishes a solid season at 21-and-11.

Miranda Villegas hit for 22 on the night while connecting on a three and going five-of-eight from the free throw line.  MaKayla Escue took 19 points including a three pointer and a stellar six-of-six from the charity stripe.  Paige Royal added ten in the win hitting on a pair of threes.  Faith Garza added eight and Madi Ruiz took five in the win.

Bushland was led by Jalee Sims with 18 as she hit four threes on the night including three in the second half.  Briss Graham would finish with 12 in the loss.

The Loboettes were just pretty solid.

They would shoot 21-of-47 from inside the arch and five-of-16 behind it.  It totaled a 41% shooting number from the floor.  They would also go 17-for-26 from the free throw line at 65%.

Bushland hit on 18-of-52 inside the line at 34% and four-of-19 from behind the arch at 21%.  They would add a 14-of-17 from the free throw line.

Levelland did give up 13 turnovers while Bushland gave up 14 on the night.

The win moves the Levelland Loboettes into the 4A Region One Semi-Finals where they will pit their 31-and-four record against #10 Stephenville.

Game time for Friday night is slated for 8:30pm between the Levelland Loboettes and the Stephenville Honey Bees is set for 8:30 as it will follow a contest between #4 Godley and Midland Greenwood on the other side of the Regional Tournament bracket.

Tune in the Levelland Loboettes on Friday night on KLVT AM1230 and www.klvtradio.com with pregame show starting at 8:00pm!