WELLS – The first two games of the season were a mixed bag for the Lady Leopards in the Wells Rural Electric Classic, gaining a blowout win in the season opener and fading down the stretch in a close loss in the second game Thursday.
Wells exploded for a 48-7 blowout victory over Whittell in the first game Thursday but fell 37-34 in the night contest to Wendover, Utah.
The Lady Leopards held the Lady Warriors scoreless in the first period, and the Wells offense went off – racking up 26 points.
In the second period, Whittell found the scoreboard for the first time and posted five points but allowed another 16 to the Lady Leopards.
At the break, Wells held a 42-5 advantage.
Wells coach Enoch Dahl said he inserted his junior varsity players in the second frame and for the remainder of the contest.
Wells scored two points in the third quarter and four in the fourth, pitching another shutout in the third period defensively.
Whittell tallied its final two points in the fourth quarter, but Wells’ commanding victory stood at 48-7 on the scoreboard.
Freshman McKenli Myers led the way for the Lady Leopards with 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting, followed by eight points each from senior Amanda Murphy and sophomore Jackie Berumen – who led Wells with nine rebounds, seven steals and four assists.
Junior Berenice Aboite and freshman Cameron Powers each scored four points for the Lady Leopards.
WELLS – 26 – 16 – 2 – 4 – 48 Total WHITTELL – 0 – 5 – 0 – 2 – 7 Total
Versus Wendover (Utah)
In their second game of the day, Wells led much of the contest and held a sizeable advantage in the fourth quarter, only to give up a 13-0 run to close the contest – falling 37-34.
The Lady Leopards played well in the first period, breaking out to a 16-11 lead – posting their highest-scoring frame of the ballgame.
The output of the points decreased but the pace did not.
“The score doesn’t reflect it, but the game was fast paced and intense,” Dahl said.
Each team put up five points in the second quarter, Wells taking a 21-16 advantage to the locker room.
Wendover began its comeback in the third period, outscoring the Lady Leopards 8-4.
Entering the final frame, Wells led 25-24.
Despite the slim advantage, the Lady Leopards began the fourth period very well.
“We were up 10 with five minutes left and never scored again,” Dahl said. “We gave up a 13-0 run the last five minutes. I had a sleepless night thinking about that one.”
Dahl said his team hit a number of outside shots in the ballgame but added his players lost their legs in the closing moments.
“It was our first real game, and Wendover has played five games,” he said. “I only played Sammy (Stumpf) in two to three-minute spurts and pulled her for two or three minutes. Berenice lost feeling in her left arm, so I was really playing without full use of two of my starters. I can take solace in knowing that we weren’t at full strength and still had the lead in the fourth quarter.”
In the end, Wendover notched all of its 13 fourth-quarter points in the final five minutes and came from behind for a 37-34 victory.
Despite being limited, Stumpf scored a game-high15 points and sank three 3s.
Senior Samantha Shamblin finished with six points and six rebounds, Powers adding five points and five boards.
Senior Keegan Laughlin led the Lady Leopards on the glass, pulling down eight rebounds to go along with four points.
Murphy topped the Wells roster with five steals, Berumen adding four thefts.
WELLS – 16 – 5 – 4 – 9 – 34 Total
WENDOVER (UTAH) – 11 – 5 – 8 – 13 – 37 Total The Lady Leopards were set up for a good measuring stick in their Friday contests, facing off against state runner-up Round Mountain at 12:30 p.m. and closing the day with a 6:30 p.m. ballgame versus state qualifier Pahranagat Valley.