The Sunray Ladycats went on the road to face the Wellington Lady Rockets in first round playoff action Monday, Feb. 11. The Ladycats were outscored by the Lady Rockets in the matchup to fall 19-55 and end the season.

The Ladycats could only put up two points by Rylee DeBord to Wellington's 15. A three from Gracen Haberthur in the second gave the Ladycats five, but Wellington put up 14 more points to take a commanding lead going into the half 29-5.

Coming back from the intermission, the Ladycats continued to struggle putting up points and stopping the offensive scoring from Wellington. Sunray scored a combined 14 points in the second half to Wellington's 26 points.

Scoring in the second half for the Ladycats were Daisy Burrola, Olivia Grasse and DeBord.

Burrola was the leading scorer with eight points on a three, two buckets and a free throw. DeBord had two goals and two free throws for six points.

Haberthur and Grasse were the other scorers for the Ladycats in the game.

The Ladycats end their season with a 4-6 district record and 14-17 overall, including 0-1 in postseason.

"Overall, I'm pleased," head coach Zac Underwood said. "When you stop and think about what I felt like we could accomplish or wanting to accomplish … we did what I thought was achievable."

There were some games that slipped through them, some games they could have won.

"We let some things get away from us," he said, adding, "But really when you come into it from the situation we did from the starting point, we pushed Gruver at their place pretty well. We pushed Stratford at their place. We had Stratford down at our place. We had a double-digit lead against Boys Ranch when they came here, which was a 20-25 point swing."

He said when all those things were in consideration of how the season went, it was promising to see how the team handled adversity and still knock off good teams like Dalhart, and match up with a  good team like Clarendon to have an opportunity to win, but unfortunately lose that game.

"We've done a lot of good things," Underwood said. "… I don't think anybody that beat us wasn't better than us."

Underwood noted earlier that the girls have progressed over the season and have tried to get into another mindset.

"Overall, just trying to get the mentality changed to where we're not necessarily seeing the names on the front of the jerseys and being intimidated, but we're actually coming out and playing."

Underwood continues to have a bright look ahead for the future of Ladycat basketball.

"We have speed coming up," he said. "We've got a lot of competitiveness coming up, so we'll have a lot of depth still. It's just about getting those girls in the gym getting a lot of shots up, getting a lot of experience … and having them come into the season with the confidence that we ended this year."

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