Kepley Cubs Defeat Hugoton 26-16;
But Fall to Horace Good 34-22
Kepley Middle School 8th grade girls’ basketball A-team went 1-1 this past week. We played Hugoton on Thursday, November 30th, at home, and defeated Hugoton 26-16. It was a close game until midway through the 4th quarter when we made several shots against their press.
We got off to a slow start in the first quarter, too many turnovers and missed shots inside, with the score 2 – 5, Hugoton.
We started to settle down in the second quarter and led at half-time with a score of 9 – 7.
Both teams scored 6 points each in the third quarter, with Ulysses leading 15 – 13.
In the fourth quarter, Ulysses outscored Hugoton 11 – 3, capitalizing on Hugoton’s full court man press.
We still have way too many turnovers in a game so we have got to improve taking better care of the ball but we did end up with a plus one (one more steal than turnovers for the entire game.)
Scoring for the Lady Cubs: Gaby Sandoval and Hayden Riley with 7 points each, Kylie Hartman 4 points, Dalia Garcia and Mercedes Breese with 3 points each, and Joana Hernandez scored 2 points.
We traveled to Garden City and played Horace Good on Tuesday, November 28th, with Horace Good coming out on top with a score of 34 – 22. Horace Good pressed the entire game but the Lady Cubs are showing a lot of improvement in this area.
The score at the end of the first quarter was 7 – 5, Horace Good but Ulysses tied it up going in to halftime 9 – 9.
In the third quarter, KMS scored 6 points to Horace Goods’ 10 points, with Horace Good leading 19 – 15.
In fourth quarter action, KMS got cold and Horace Good got hot, outscoring us 15 – 7. We put up a good shot selection, we just couldn’t hit our shots in the end.
Scoring for the Lady Cubs: Hayden Riley 11 points, Kylie Hartman 6 points, Gaby Sandoval 3 points, and Mercedes Breese 2 points.
In B-team action, KMS lost to Hugoton by 2 points, in the last minute of the game, 19 – 17. We got the last shot of the game that we wanted from an out-of-bounds play under our basket but it just didn’t go in.
Itzel Perez did a much improved job of controlling the ball on a few steals and scored a couple of key lay-ups that tied the game. Taia Velasco also scored a 3-point shot that put the Lady Cubs up by 1 during fourth quarter play.
Isis Hill played tough defense that really shook up Hugoton’s ball-handlers.
Scoring for the Lady Cubs: Itzel Perez with 6 points, Taia Velasco 5 points, and Cassie Guitierrez, Talia Martinez, and Kilea Sams scoring 2 points each.
In the Horace Good/Garden City game, the Lady Cubs fought a hard battle but Horace Good pulled away in the fourth quarter, winning the game 18 – 12.
In the first quarter, both teams struggled to score with Horace Good 1 points and KMS 0.
In the second quarter, Ulysses scored 6 and Horace Good scored 7, leading at half-time by 1 point.
In the third quarter, Kepley outscored Garden 4 to 2 points, leading 10 – 9.
Horace Good came on strong in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 points to Kepley’s 2 points. Kilea Sams did a fine job on the boards, rebounding the ball and getting a quick pass out to the point guard. Allie Escamilla came in off the bench and did a good job playing hustle defense.
Scoring for the Lady Cubs: Kilea Sams 4 points, and Isis Hill, Itzel Perez, Allie Escamilla, and Destiny Rico scoring 2 points each.