Last Updated: Dec 14th, 2017 - 12:04:06

Seventh grade Demonettes compete at 7th A&B tournament, come up short against Plainview Coronado
By Tyler Anderson, Sports Editor
Dec 14, 2017, 11:57

In their recent stretch on the basketball court, the Dumas Junior High School seventh grade girls’ basketball teams battled their way through a pair of brackets.

The Junior Demonettes participated in the 7th A and B tournaments, which was held on Dec. 2 on the campus of Coronado Middle School in Plainview. There, they faced off against host Plainview Coronado, Plainview Estacado and Canyon.

Both squads went 1-2 in the tournament, before the Junior Demonettes came up short in a rematch against Plainview Coronado on Dec. 4 in Plainview. The A-team fell in a 37-15 contest against the Lady Bulldogs, while the B-squad's rally came up short in a hard fought 22-18 game.

Following their recent stretch, the A-team attained a 2-6 overall record while the B-squad came away with a 1-7 mark.

The Junior Demonettes were back on the road in their latest outing, as they faced off against Westover Park Junior High last Tuesday. Results from their matchups against the Lady Warriors will be reported in an upcoming edition of the Moore County News-Press.

The A-team went 1-2 over the course of the one-day event, starting things off with a 39-19 setback against Plainview Coronado. The Junior Demonettes rebounded, tabbing their second win of the year with a 32-7 victory over Plainview Estacado.

In their final matchup of the day, the Junior Demonettes came up short in a 39-7 decision against Canyon.

Kamryn Cox led the way for the A-team, accumulating 18 points, six rebounds, four steals and one assist. Brooklyn Sianez was a jack-of-all-trades for the Junior Demonettes with 18 points, 13 rebounds, seven steals and one assist.

Emily Loya finished the tournament with 10 points, nine rebounds and four steals.

Jocelyn Dominguez garnered six points and three rebounds, as Melaney Granados put up four points, two rebounds and two steals. Maris Rodriguez had four points during the three-game stretch.

Karyme Castillo acquired two points, four rebounds and one steal, while Laila Gutierrez compiled two points, six steals, five rebounds and three assists.

Cami Velasquez had two steals, one assist and one rebound, as Xaida Mendoza rounded out the stats sheet with seven rebounds.

“(Coronado) has some athletic kids that we had trouble stopping on defense,” said coach Zeb Abbott. “This was the first team who played a zone against and we had a little trouble running through our offense. We came back in our second game against Estacado and played well. We ran through our offense and played good defense.”

“We turned right around to play Canyon with just 10 minutes in between games,” Abbott added. “We just didn’t have enough gas in the tank to hang with them.”

In their rematch against the Lady Bulldogs on Dec. 4, the Junior Demonettes fell behind early and were unable to overcome 20-6 halftime deficit. The second half saw the A-team yield 17 points while only scoring nine points.

Sianez carried the Dumas banner the highest with eight points, four steals and four rebounds, followed by Velasquez’s four points, one assist, one steal and five rebounds.

Cox put up two points, two rebounds and two steals, as Loya posted two points and three rebounds. Dominguez hauled in two points and one rebound, while Castillo chipped in with two points and one rebound.

Gutierrez had two assists, three steals and one rebound to round things out for the Junior Demonettes.

“We had some of the same troubles against Coronado,” Abbott said, speaking about the rematch between the A-team and the Lady Bulldogs. “We didn’t take care of the ball very well and had trouble stopping them on defense. Coronado had some quick, athletic guards who are good ball players.”

The B-team opened tournament play with narrow 17-14 setback to Plainview Coronado before bouncing back with a 21-15 victory over Plainview Estacado. Their win over the Lady Bulldogs marked their first victory of the 2017-2018 season.

However, their final game at the tournament was against Canyon, which resulted in a tough 32-13 loss for the B-teamers.

Overall, the DJHS B-squad went 1-2 over the course of the tournament.

Kyliena Kaewkhoonmuang led the Junior Demonettes with eight points, five rebounds and four steals alongside Azelia Herrera’s eight points, three rebounds and four steals.

Halie Coon finished the tourney with six points, four rebounds and 21 steals, while Valissa Trejo contributed with six points and 14 steals. Frida Valles also scored six points, and finished with 11 rebounds.

Desi Gutierrez came away with six points, two rebounds and six steals, followed by Briana Vargas’ six points and five steals. Kira Fierro put up two points, 10 rebounds and one steal over the course of the three-game hoops slate.

Sarai Chavez had one rebound, while Brooklyn Cox and Jaqueline Mendoza each brought in one steal.

“The girls are really improving and starting to mesh well together when they are playing,” said coach Seth Wright. “Our tournament brought us our first win and the hunger for more. We just need to continue to work on our basics and make sure we take advantage of fast breaks, as we have a phenomenal defense that consistently finds a way to get the ball into our hands.”

“I’m incredibly proud to see how far these girls have come, and I look forward to continuing on and seeing them dial in more effort with every practice,” Wright added.

Two days later, the Junior Demonettes came up short once more, falling in a closely contested 22-18 matchup against Plainview Coronado.

Trejo led the way with six points, one rebound and six steals, as Kaewkhoonmuang followed up with four points, one rebound and three steals. Herrera came up with four points, four rebounds and two steals against the Lady Bulldogs.

Gutierrez finished the game with two points, five rebounds and one steal. Valles and Vargas each hauled in two points, two rebounds and four steals.

Coon swiped away six steals, while Fierro pulled down five rebounds. Naomi Miranda rounded things out for the Junior Demonettes with one rebound and one steal.

“Our game against Coronado had us at a very slow start, but we showed that we are more than capable of coming back and being a contender in the near future,” Wright said.