GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Lubbock Estacado defeats Odessa High

Both the Lubbock Estacado and Odessa High girls basketball teams came into Tuesday’s nondistrict contest in search of their first victory of the season.

It was Estacado that entered the win column by the end of the night.

The Lady Matadors (1-2) defeated the Lady Bronchos (0-4) with a. 57-37 win Tuesday at OHS Fieldhouse.

Estacado’s Cyvaeah Johnson and Lyfe Hamilton each had 10 points to lead the Lady Matadors while T’ayra Fountain had nine.

“I’m just happy for the girls,” Estacado head coach Devin Griffin said. “They came out and executed well. I’m just happy for them to finally get it done.”

Odessa High was led by Donajah Watkins who had nine points while Kiarra Maxxwell Gutierrez had seven and Cloe Navarro had six.

“We got better on defense than we have been the last few games,” Odessa High head coach Sherman Chew said. “We’re going to get better and better until we get it right.”

A 3-pointer by Jariah Murray gave the Lady Matadors an 8-2 lead early in the first quarter.

The Lady Bronchos fought back to close the gap to 15-11 at the end of the first quarter. ‘

A 3-pointer by the Lady Matadors gave them a good start to the second quarter and an 18-11 lead.

Gutierrez drilled a 3-pointer to make it a five-point deficit for the Lady Bronchos late in the second quarter.

However, the Lady Matadors responded with a 4-0 run to build a nine-point lead.

Hamilton made it 31-20 on a put-back with less than 20 seconds in the quarter.

Odessa High added a free throw before the half was over to make it a 10-point deficit.

The Lady Matadors came out firing in the second half, going on a 10-3 run.

“We really emphasize the third quarter because it’s the worst quarter we have so I was proud of them for stepping up in that quarter,” Griffin said.

Trya McCline scored off an inside shot to get the Lady Matadors going in the second half and Murray followed it up with a lay-in to make it 35-21 with less than six minutes to go in the third quarter.

McCline scored off another put-back and Estacado remained in control to start the second half at 37-24 with 4:31 left in the quarter.

A basket by T’ayra Fountain made it 41-24, Estacado, soon after.

It was 45-28 by the end of the third quarter.

The Lady Matadors cruised through the fourth to seal the win.