The Tucumcari Girls team was once again beset by turnovers as they were defeated by Guymon, 66-29 last night at home. Rattlers’ Head Coach Alicia Trujillo said the only cure for her team’s turnover woes will be more game experience.
“Again, it comes down to our lack of experience,” Trujillo said.
Tucumcari kept themselves in the game early by hitting free throws. Midway through the second quarter Amber Martin hit two of two from the line, but by then Guymon was up 22-11. The Lady Rattler guards, Amanda Tapia and Nikki Newman, drove the ball well downcourt, but when they drew near the basket, there were too many Guymon players with quick hands deflecting passes and forcing turnovers.
The first half ended with a Guymon player hitting a three as they went up 31-19. Guymon owned the third quarter, scoring 25 points. Tucumcari didn’t have many looks at the basket, scoring only seven in the third period. Tucumcari players fouled often to prevent Guymon layups after turnovers. Guymon continued stealing the ball several times on Lady Rattler inbound passes.
The Tigers scored another three pointer in the final seconds of the third periosd, increasing their lead to thirty, 56-26. The Lady Rattlers had to endure another scoring drought in the fourth quarter; only scoring one point in six minutes of play. Tucumcari finished with three points in the final period.
Guymon scored only ten, but it was more than enough.
Coach Trujillo emphasized again that the only way the Lady Rattlers will improve is through more game experience.
‘The more games we play, the better we will get,” she said. “It’s that simple.”
Guym 17 31 56 66
Tcum 7 19 26 29
Tucumcari: Nikki Newman 3, Whitney Spinks 4, Jennifer Maestas 2, Amanda Tapia 3, Erin kirksey 2, Jamie Jones 9, Amber martin 6.
Guymon: Natasha hoeffner 2, Danielle Collins 12, Kayla Reid 6, Crystal Doyle 2, Alisa byers 11, Becky McMurry 21, Shanna hoeffner 2, Kaela Collins 6.