* Bulldogettes lose heartbreaker in overtime *
STANTON - After overcoming a 9-point deficit to push the game into overtime, the Coahoma Bulldogettes lost 23-20 to the Lady Buffs in junior varsity basketball action Friday.
Coming back for the second half, the Bulldogettes, who were already down by 7 points, quickly saw their deficit widen as a Stanton player buried a shot to leave the score 15-6 in favor of the Lady Buffaloes. Then Macee Grant netted a three-pointer igniting a fire under the Bulldogettes. Julia Cortez stepped up to the charity line and nailed a basket to help cut Stanton’s lead to 5. With Stanton in the Coahoma’s backcourt threatening another score, Kenzie Canalez got the ball and raced down to the Buffalos post to successfully sink a field goal into the net. Grant followed with one of her own and then a foul brought Canalez to the free throw line where she nailed one basket to tie the score at 15-15. The Stanton girls earned the last point of the third quarter, also at the charity stripe, and the teams went into the fourth with the score 16-15 in favor of the Lady Buffs.
As the game intensified, the teams traded the lead back and forth mostly at the free throw line. First Canales sank a ball at the charity stripe to tie the game once again at 16-16 just to see a Stanton player nail at shot at the free throw line. A few minutes later, the game was tied again this time thanks to Coahoma’s Haven Martin who buried a shot from the paint. Stanton managed to pull away again this time by 3 points only to see their lead dissipate within the last minute of play thanks to Canales. With 8 seconds to play, the Bulldogettes tried one last desperate attempt to inbound the ball and make a play for the win but failed. The Stanton team would go on to win at the free throw line in overtime 23-20.
* Coahoma JV falls to Stanton 46-28 *
STANTON - The Coahoma boys junior varsity team lost to the Stanton Buffaloes 46-28 in high school basketball action Friday evening.
The Stanton Buffaloes had a strong first half outscoring the Bulldogs 25 to 7. The Buffs jumped out early notching in a three-point shot at the beginning of the game. Then Kolt Redden answered back sinking in a field goal for 2 followed by another successful basket from teammate Isaac Murillo. The Bulldogs would tie the game 5-5 thanks to a basket from the charity stripe by Murillo but then the Buffaloes went on a 10-point run to end the first 15-5 in favor of the Buffaloes.
In the second, the Stanton team netted 10 points but held the Bulldogs to only 2 with those coming from a field goal by Tony Hagans.
An energized Bulldogs team returned from the locker room for the third to net 11 points in the quarter over Stanton’s 8. Coahoma’s Seth Brooks started off the ‘Dogs with nailing 2 points at the free throw line then Haggins hit two back-to-back three-pointers. Sean Striegler and Cody Salinas contributed to the Bulldogs’ score.
Coahoma was able to gain another 10 points to the scoreboard in the fourth mostly at the charity stripe thanks to efforts by Striegler, D’Kota Harrison, Salinas, Brooks, and Redden. However, Stanton netted 13 for the quarter to add to their already wide lead and won the match 46-28.
(photos by Coahoma Media and Nova Montgomery)