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Four Velardez Threes and Late Free Throws Lead #1 Levelland by #3 Idalou 58-to-50

loboloyaltyThe Idalou Lady Cats, ranked #3 in 3A in the state, had a plan for the #1 Levelland Loboettes on Tuesday night.  Pack in the paint and force Levelland to shoot over the top.  The Loboettes obliged the Lady Cats as Natalie Velardez hit four threes and with some late Loboette free throws, Levelland won 58-to-50 on the road Tuesday night.

McKayla Escue jump started the Loboettes early scoring eight in the front eight minutes.  Idalou would counter with two threes from Shaylee Stovall and Levelland led 14-to-12 after one quarter.

Levelland and Idalou went blow for blow through the second and while the Lady Cats never led the game was tied at 24 just inside of a minute left in the half.  Velardez hit two second quarter threes and Miranda Villegas added five in the second while Idalou got threes from Ashlyn Shelley and Shaylee Stovall and the Loboettes clung to a 27-to-24 lead at the half.

The Loboettes got a fast start in the third behind an 11 point run and seven from Miranda Villegas and a three from Allie Latham.  Levelland led by as many as 11 midway through the third and while Ashlyn Shelley hit a pair of third quarter three’s Levelland went to final quarter in front 46-to-39.

Idalou hung around in the fourth but Levelland stretched the lead back to plus ten with about six minutes to play and forced Idalou into the foul game with about 90 seconds to go.  The Loboettes were eight-of-16 from the free throw line going into the final two minutes but hit five-of-six down the stretch.  Natalie Velardez hit a pair of free throws with 1:26 left, MaKayla Escue added a pair of freebies with 46 seconds to play and Kiahra Graves hit one more to put it away with 37 seconds left.

Late free throws sealed the deal and the #1 Levelland Loboettes defeated the # 3 Idalou Lady Cats 58-to-50 to move to 13-and-oh on the year.

Natalie Velardez led the way as the senior hit four threes to pace the Loboettes with 18 points.  Miranda Villegas added a pair of threes and finished with 13 while MaKayla Escue tossed in 14 on the back of a three and a three-of-four from the free throw line.  Allie Latham tossed in seven while Kiahra Graves added four and Brytnee Bordayo scored two in the win.

Idalou got 15 from Ashlyn Shelley as she connected on five threes in the game.  Shaylee Stovall added 11 on the back of three threes and Libby Davis scored ten in the loss.

The Loboettes have been feast or famine from behind the arch this season and Tuesday night they went feast hitting nine-of-16 from behind the arch.  Idalou was solid as well connecting on 10-of-25 from the arch.

Levelland rebounded well grabbing 11 offensive boards and scored 12 off the glass in the win.

The #3 Idalou Lady Cats move to a very tested nine-and-five on the year while the #1 Levelland Loboettes move to 13-and-oh on the season.

The task continues for the Levelland Loboettes as they set up a four game trip to the Andrews Tournament over the weekend and open on Thursday with the #14 ranked Shallowater Fillies at 9:30am.

The tournament continues on Thursday afternoon as the Loboettes take on Midland Classical at 3:30pm.  The Loboettes return on Friday with a 9:30am tip against Andrews and wrap up on Saturday with a 12:30pm tip against Denver City.

Catch all the action with the Loboettes on KLVT AM1230 and


KLVT Area Basketball Scoreboard (Tuesday December 5th, 2018)

letstalkbannerBOYS BASKETBALL
Levelland 75, Idalou 36
Lubbock Coronado 93, Lubbock Monterey 89
Springlake-Earth 99, Anton 42
Lubbock Cooper 60, Canyon Randall 43
Lamesa 46, Littlefield 41
Shallowater 53, Andrews 42
Morton 66, Bovina 55
Lubbock Roosevelt 66, Big Spring 63
Olton 54, Plains 44

Levelland 58, Idalou 56
Springlake-Earth 45, Anton 13
Slaton 48, Post 39
Frenship 55, Seminole 52
Kingdom Prep 45, Amherst 24
Plains 60, Olton 48
Lubbock Cooper 75, Canyon Randall 51
Shallowater 49, Andrews 27
Morton 58, Bovina 50
Ropes 68, New Home 19


Gerber Named District MVP and Joined by Several Other Lobos in All-District Honors


Levelland Senior Chris Gerber (thanks to Renne Marler

An eight-and-three record, a district title, a Bi-District Championship and now the Levelland Lobos have landed the 4A-2 Region One District Two MVP honors on Levelland Quarterback Chris Gerber and have added many others to the All-District Honor list.

In just his second season as a starting quarterback, Levelland Senior Chris Gerber put up 1800 yards through the air and rushed for over 1300.  He would added 20 rushing touchdowns and ten throwing in the 2018 season and averaged over seven yards per carry on the season.  Those numbers were plenty good enough to land a district MVP for the son of Sid and Eve Gerber of Levelland.

Levelland adds to the first team offense Myles Johnson, Tristan VanZandt and Jacob Ramirez as well as Zac Bentancourt and Jerrson Hernandez to the first team defense.  Hernandez was also named as first team kicker.

Tobias Sanchez, Jayalne Henry, Jonathan Nevarez, Zach Mulkey, Kylan Campos, Victor Garza, Izac Anthony, Devin Lopez, Xavier Rodriguez and Matt Martinez were all named to the second team field and Honorable Mentions went out to Mason Brogden, Cameron Harris and Isiah Salazar.

Congratulations to Coach Curtis Lowery and all the Lobo players and coaches on a great 20128.

Green Gets 16, No. 15 Lady Texans Blast Frank Phillips 70-47 Saturday in Borger

GabbieGreenBORGER — Gabbie Green led all scorers with 16 points and 7 rebounds and Caroline Germond netted 11 points and a game-high nine assists as the No. 15 ranked South Plains College women’s basketball team blasted Frank Phillips College 70-47 Saturday.

Green knocked down 6 of 17 attempts from the floor and was 3 of 6 from the 3-point line in 33 minutes of action. Germond bucketed 5 of 11 attempts from the floor over 39 minutes while Ruth Koang recorded 10 points and five rebounds coming off the bench for South Plains.

Sophomore Chantel Govan chipped in seven points, seven steals and five assists for the Lady Texans while Sarah Shermatsi tallied six points and two assists as the Lady Texans shot 45 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from behind the arc.

South Plains forced 29 turnovers resulting in 33 points on the offensive end and scored 34 points indie the paint while also receiving 26 points off the bench. South Plains would go on to lead by as much as 25 in the fourth quarter as Frank Phillips (2-6, 0-2) shot just 31.6 percent from the field and were 6 of 26 from the 3-point line.

Trinity Ramirez led the Lady Plainsmen with 13 points on 5 of 19 shooting from the floor while Jordan Taylor recorded 11 points and three assists. Jazmin Rios netted six points and three rebounds for Frank Phillips while Ermisah Fields tallied five points and eight rebounds and Ayona Wilson bucketed three points, five rebounds, and four assists.

South Plains improves to 12-1 on the season and 2-0 in the WJCAC and will return to the hardwood on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. against Connors State. The game will be streaming live at with pregame slated for 5:45. Following the contest, South Plains will take on Hill College on Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.  Catch the Sunday afternoon game live on KLVT AM1230 and with Lady Texan Pregame Show at 1:40pm.

Prim Scores 29, No. 2 South Plains Outlast Frank Phillips 91-72 Saturday in Borger

GagePrimBORGER — Gaige Prim scored 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Trey Wade chipped in 27 points and hauled in 11 boards as the second-ranked South Plains College men’s basketball team outlasted Frank Phillips College 91-72 Saturday.

South Plains improves to 10-0 on the season and 2-0 in the WJCAC and will return to the hardwood on Dec. 27 at 4 p.m. MST against Central Arizona College at the 2018 Fiesta Bowl Junior College Shootout on the campus of Mesa Community College.

Prim knocked down 12 of 17 attempts from the floor and was 5-for-9 from the free throw line in 26 minutes of action. Wade finished 12 of 17 from the floor and also dished out four assists and blocked two shots.

Sophomore Jonah Antonio was 4 of 10 from 3 for South Plains as he tallied 16 points on 6 of 15 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds and a season-high nine assists. Deon Barett netted nine points on 3 of 7 shooting as the Texans shot 55.9 percent from the field despite shooting just 29.2 percent from behind the arc.

South Plains had a season-high 18 turnovers but controlled the glass out-rebounding the Plainsmen (9-4, 0-2) 42-26. South Plains forced 10 turnovers in the contest and scored 57 points inside the paint and netted 16 points on second-chance opportunities.

Frank Phillips shot just 37.9 percent from the floor and were 3 of 19 from the 3-point line. Marcus Brown and Romario Spence each scored 17 points for the Plainsmen while Marquise Kindel bucketed 16 and Paul Eromoseie netted six.

#1 Loboettes Take Two More “W’s” at Levelland Tournament and Move to 11-and-Oh on the Year

loboloyaltyAfter two wins on Thursday over Edgewood and Pebble Hills, the #1 Levelland Loboettes made the turn on Friday in fine fashion with wins over El Paso Parkland 80-to-19 and El Paso Eastlake 72-to-43. The wins move the Loboettes to 11-and-oh on the year and set them up to win their own tournament in 2018.

Three Loboettes found double figures Friday afternoon it a 80-to-19 battering of the El Paso Parkland Lady Matadors. Natalie Velardez scored 20 while Miranda Villegas tossed in 19 and MaKayla Escue scored 16 for the Loboettes.

Levelland opened hot outscoring Parkland 50-to-seven in the front half and winning the contest 80-to-19.

They pretty well shot the lights out hitting 26-of-60 from the floor at 48% and connecting on 13-of-30 from behind the three point arch at 43%. All that why they held Parkland to just nine field goals.

The win moved Levelland to 10-and-oh on the season and set the Loboettes in the pool cross over game with El Paso Eastland.

While the Lady Falcons gave the Loboettes some issues it was never much of a game as Levelland jumped out to a 21-to-14 lead after a quarter and grew it to 37-to-23 by halftime.

Levelland continued the onslaught with a 17-to-eight third and an 18-to-12 run through the fourth for the 72-to-43 win.

Miranda Villegas led the way with 21 points while Natalie Velardez scored 19 and MaKayla Escue tossed down 14. Kiahra Graves had a solid contest scoring eight in the third quarter and nine in the game while Allie Latham added eight off the bench.

Cheyanne Bonilla was a terror for Eastlake hitting for 24 in the game behind four threes and three free throws but she was the only Lady Falcon in double figures.

The Loboette win moves their mark to 11-and-oh on the year and sets them up with the Plainview Lady Bulldogs on Saturday for the Championship game of the 2018 Loboette Tournament.

Catch the Loboettes live on KLVT AM1230 and with Gary McLendon. Pregame Show should start around 3:00pm.

Poor Lobo Shooting Leads to 62-to-49 Loss To Midland Greenwood

LoboBasketball 2018 19The Levelland Lobos managed to shoot just 33% from the floor and 28% from behind the arch on Friday afternoon as they fell to the Midland Greenwood Rangers 62-to-49.

After a 12 all tie in the from eight minutes, Midland Greenwood led 28-to-22 with a minute left in the front half. That woould change as Connor Barnett hit two threes in the closing minute to leave the game tied at 28-to-28 at half.

That lead would be wiped away when Levelland hit just two-of-nine from the floor and coughed up four turnovers through the third quarter. Meanwhile, Greenwood went nine-of-13 from the field and it sparked a 21-to-six run through the third leaving the Rangers in front 49-to-34 after three.

Levelland would get back within six on two different occasions in the fourth but no closer and Midland Greenwood went on for the 62-to-49 win moving the Levelland Lobo record to two-and-two on the season.

Jakeevian Ford led the way with 16 points while Broderick Golighty hit for 15 and Connor Barnett added eight. Reid O’Connor got just four while spending most of the contest in foul trouble. Caleb Reyna and Zaiden LeCroy added three each in the loss.

Only one Ranger found double figures, Omarion Jameson hit for 16, but eight different Rangers scored in the contest.

The Lobos shooting struggled as they hit just 16-of-48 from the floor at 33% and five-of-18 from behind the arch at 28%. They did manage 10-of-14 from the free throw line.

On the other hand, the Rangers shot well on the road hitting 26-of-48 from the floor at 54% despite hitting just four-of-17 from behind the arch.

The loss moves the Levelland Lobos to two-and-two on the year as Levelland heads to Idaou coming up on Tuesday December 4th.

Junior Varisty Basketball starts at 5:00pm with both the Lobo and Loboette Junior Varsity in action. Varsity girls tip at 6:30pm with Varsity boys at 8:00pm.

Catch the Lobos and Loboettes live on KLVT AM1230 and with the pregame show starting at 6:00pm.