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DISTRICT 2-3A HOOPS CAPSULES: Littlefield at Roosevelt and Muleshoe at Shallowater

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal — Carlos Silva Jr. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas

Jan. 10--Littlefield at Roosevelt

What: District 2-3A girls basketball game

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Roosevelt High School

Records: Littlefield 14-8 overall, 3-2 ; Roosevelt 17-4, 4-1.

Updates: Follow Diego Gaytan at @DGaytan07

The lowdown: After suffering a four-point loss to district foe Shallowater last Friday, the Lady Wildcats are looking to get back on track when they travel to Roosevelt.

"It's going to be tough because Roosevelt is a well-coached team that plays hard," Littlefield head coach Kendall Webb said. "They have really good guard play and do a good job of containing offensive threats."

Littlefield, which dropped a 42-38 decision to the Fillies, has several talented athletes.

Kaitlyn and Kaylee Edgemon are the two players who lead the team on offense, combining for about 30 points per contest.

But point guard Laiton Braddock has kept everything running smooth. The freshman, is averaging about 10 points points per game.

"You always hope the starters can get you points early, but I feel like the bench is going to play a key part for us," Webb said.

Post Shaizae Martindale and guard Mallie McGehee are expected to step up and help the Lady Wildcats.

"Our district is tough, general," Webb said of Idalou, Roosevelt, Muleshoe and Shallowater owning 4-1 district mark. "We have to play well and get this game to keep up."

Roosevelt is led by Payton Brown and Kaleigh Ford, who have led the Lady Eagles on offense.

Last year, Littlefield and Roosevelt advanced to the area round of the 3A postseason.

Littlefield at Roosevelt

What: District 2-3A boys basketball game

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Roosevelt High School

Records: Littlefield 13-6 overall, 3-0 district; Roosevelt 1-2 in district.

Updates: Follow Diego Gaytan at @DGaytan07

The lowdown: The Wildcats are hoping to create as many positive possessions as they can against an aggressive Eagles' defense.

"They run a really good full-court press, so we're going to have to attack it and look to run the floor," Littlefield head coach Brian Braddock said. "We're going to have to push the pace. The more possessions we get the better because we're looking to score."

Littlefield has a pair of athletes -- J-Shun Davis and Gannen Braddock -- who have fueled the offense.

Davis, a hybrid player at 6-foot-6, is averaging about 16 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season. His biggest assets are his ability to break the press due to his height and redirect shots in the paint thanks to his wingspan.

"He really controls the middle for us," Brian Braddock said. "He also alters a lot of shots and helps us on defense. But it's a team effort."

Gannen Braddock, the Wildcats point guard, is netting about 17 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. He's expected to be the press breaker for most of Tuesday's game.

Roosevelt counters with a dynamic scorer in Marcus Byers, who had led the Eagles in scoring on several game nights this season.

"If we can get Roosevelt to turn the ball over and take care of it on our end, I like our chances," Brian Braddock said. "It's going to be tough, though."

Muleshoe at Shallowater

What: District 2-3A girls basketball game

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Shallowater High School

Records: Muleshoe 10-7 overall, 4-1 ; Shallowater 17-4, 4-1.

Updates: Follow Jeff Tinnell at @J_Tinnell

The lowdown: The Fillies, who advanced to the Class 3A regional quarterfinals last season, will be battle tested once again thanks to a difficult slate.

Shallowater is in a four-way tie with Idalou, Roosevelt, and its Tuesday opponent, Muleshoe, for the top spot in district.

"It's a huge game, that's for sure," Shallowater head coach Chuck Darden said. "Muleshoe is playing great basketball, right now, along with the rest of the rest of the district. Muleshoe is well coached and plays great man-to-man defense."

Indeed, the Lady Mules are led by a pair of talented twins in Sydney and Sadie Suddeth. The duo are the main cogs to the Muleshoe offense, which also touts quick guard play and size inside the paint.

"We relay heavily on our pressure defense," Darden said. "But they have guards who can break it with their speed and quickness. It's going to be a real battle."

The Fillies hope to counter with Cailyn Breckel and Cayenne Williams, a pair of top volleyball talents that also share the same success on the hardwood.

Breckel had 16 points in a 42-38 win over Littlefield last Friday.

Muleshoe at Shallowater

What: District 2-3A boys basketball game

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Shallowater High School

Records: Muleshoe 1-2 district; Shallowater 15-6, 2-1 in district.

Updates: Follow Jeff Tinnell at @J_Tinnell

The lowdown: The Mustangs are looking to bounce back following a 54-47 loss to Littlefield last Friday.

Jett Johnson scored 18 points, while Hunter McCall added 12 points, in the loss. Johnson is averaging close to 14 points per game for Shallowater.

"Littlefield is a tough place to play," Shallowater head coach Jay Lusk said. "But we learned that we have to take care of the basketball, especially Tuesday night against a real-good Muleshoe team."

Lusk admits he wants to a full-team effort, including contributions from Jonah Nelson, Collin Stephenson and Jalen Brattain -- a freshman who has earned extended minutes on the court.

"Muleshoe is better than their record indicates," Lusk said. "They want to come in and even that up to .500. So, we have to come in and play like we're capable of playing."

-- Carlos Silva Jr., Lone Star Varsity Editor


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