Monterey seized command in the second quarter to take a comfortable halftime lead then rode a suffocating defensive effort in the final two quarters to down Lubbock-Cooper 54-22 on Friday in District 3-5A play.
Where the final shot on Lubbock-Cooper’s final possession came from Friday against Monterey was no surprise.
The Pirates knocked off the Plainsmen 56-55 in a matchup of Distirct 3-5A teams jockeying for playoff positioning.
MIDLAND -- Frenship had to switch gears after a high-octane District 2-6A opener, but the change of pace did little to slow the Tigers down.
Two of the frontrunners in District 3-5A held steady on Tuesday, but both of them had to work for what they got.
AMARILLO -- In a game where neither team was about to blink on Friday, Monterey had just enough on the final few minutes to prevail.
WOODROW -- Autumn Moore scored six of Lubbock-Cooper’s 10 points in overtime to help the Lady Pirates claim a key District 3-5A victory against Palo Duro on Friday.
First impressions were a good thing for Monterey on Friday, but the Lady Plainsmen will likely take more from the lasting impression.
When Monterey squared off with District 3-5A co-leader Amarillo High on Friday afternoon, the third-quarter Plainsmen were an unfamiliar looking crew to anybody who has watched how they have played the last several seasons.
It sets up as just one game in a long 16-game grind in District 3-5A, and actually is the first of two showdowns.
AMARILLO -- Monterey absorbed its first District 3-5A loss of the season, but the Plainsmen got Palo Duro’s full attention in the process on Tuesday.
District 3-5A basketball teams will close out the decade on the court Tuesday with three doubleheaders featuring four Hub City teams.
Monterey is in the thick of one of the best seasons in recent program history because of its depth and diversity.
Lubbock Christian claimed third place in the small-school boys’ bracket by surviving a taut battle with Borden County for a 42-41 victory on Saturday.
High school basketball takes over the Hub City the next three days when the 61st annual FiberMax Caprock Classic gets rolling at gyms around Lubbock.
For me, Christmas Day has always been a precious time to spend time with family and absorb the love that flows from being together -- appreciate that every little family circle is so very important to those in it.
WOLFFORTH -- Lubbock-Cooper went toe-to-toe with Frenship for a quarter Friday night. But the Tigers cranked up their defense after that and borrowed a page from the Lady Pirate playbook to methodically pull away for a 58-38 triumph.
Plainview had a big finish, but Monterey was steadier throughout and that was the difference Friday as the Plainsmen kept chugging along in District 3-5A.
WOODROW -- Bryan Elliott notched 10 first-quarter points to buoy a powerful start for Lubbock-Cooper in a 64-26 rout of Lubbock High on Tuesday in District 3-5A play.
WOODROW -- After a grinder of a start to the District 3-5A season, Lubbock-Cooper needed something positive to happen.
A Tuesday night in December isn’t going to make or breaky anybody’s season. But what transpires between two teams with lofty aspirations for 32 minutes can sure help down the road when stakes are a little more meaningful.