Gruver tops West Texas High in district opener

On Friday evening, the West Texas High Lady Comanches did a pretty good job on the defensive end in their District 1-1A opener against the #8 state ranked Gruver Lady Greyhounds in Gruver.Unfortunately, 22 turnovers and struggles on the offensive end by the Lady Comanches gave the Lady Greyhounds to opportunity to pull away in the second half on their way to the 50-15 win.In the first period, the Lady Comanches did a good job applying defensive pressure which limited Gruver’s scoring opportunities early in the game.The solid defense and jump shots by Madison Heston and Erin Summers kept the Lady Comanches within striking distance with the score 5-12 going into the second period.A strong drive by Cheyenne Tull and a lay up by Katelyn Wilson put the Lady Comanches on the scoreboard to start the second period. But West Texas High would not put any points on the scoreboard in the final four minutes of the second period, leading to Gruver taking a 9-22 lead into halftime.In the first two minutes of the third period, Tull and Wilson each put in a free throw for the Lady Comanches.Unfortunately, the two points were all West Texas High could put on the scoreboard as the team went 0/9 from the floor in the third period, while Gruver was able to go on a 16-0 run to pull away for the win.The Lady Comanches open District 1-1A play 0-1 and drop to 7-15 overall.The Lady Comanches will next travel to Booker on Tuesday evening in a “Battle of the Tribes” with both teams looking for their first district win.West Texas High game stats: 2PT’s-5/24 for 20%; 3PT’s-0/5 for 0%; Total FG-5/29 for 17%; FT’s-5/8 for 62%; Rebounds-West Texas High 23 Gruver 20; Turnovers-West Texas High 22 Gruver 11.West Texas High individual stats: Devin DeLapp 1 reb 1 ast; Abby Rios 2 pts 2 rebs 1 ast; Madison Heston 2 pts 3 rebs 1 stl; Elyssa Snider 1 reb 1 ast 1 stl; Erin Summers 2 pts 4 rebs 1 stl; Katelyn Wilson 4 pts 3 rebs 1 stl; Natalie Franklin 2 rebs; Hailee Flaharity 1 reb; Cheyenne Tull 5 pts 4 rebs 1 ast 2 stls; Sarah Kelly 2 rebs.West Texas High 5 9 11 15Gruver 12 22 36 50JV Score: Gruver 31 West Texas High 26