GREYSON, Texas — A trip south left the No. 14 Labette Cardinals with two losses on the drive back north as they fell to a pair of Division I foes over the weekend at the Greyson Classic in Texas.
Labette dropped its Friday game to No. 3 Trinity Valley 85-32 before losing on a buzzer-beater to Weatherford 49-46 on Saturday.
The Cardinals’ offense struggled to find the bottom of the net against the third-ranked Div. I team in the nation on Friday as they shot 24% from the field at 15% from 3-point range.
“We just couldn’t score,” Labette head coach Mitch Rolls said. “They wore us out with their size and athleticism. They’re easily one of the top teams in the country and it showed.”
Trinity Valley also used its size advantage to great use, outrebounding the Cardinals 54-46 while pulling down 16 offensive rebounds.
“We played great the first half,” Rolls said. “We switched up our defense and we just couldn’t match up with them. They were a really big team, so we had to go zone.”
Guards Kymora Westefield and Jayla Smith led Labette with seven points against Trinity Valley.
Then on Saturday, Smith again paced Labette in scoring with 11 points off the bench. Diamond Jones added 10 points off the bench.
“We probably deserved to lose that game,” Rolls said. “We missed a lot of free throws and layups. We did a good job defensively holding that team under 50 points. They were really big as well. But if you don’t make easy shots, that can happen.”
While the two losses drop Labette’s record to 1-2 in the early portion of the season, Rolls’ goal of getting his team to face top-caliber competition was met.
“There’s a lot of teaching points that we get to go over,” Rolls said. “It’s going to be great to look back on. There’s good and bad we can point out. This helps us in the long run when we get to conference play and we’re playing great teams on a nightly basis.’
Labette returns to the friendly confines of its gym in Parsons on Tuesday as the Cardinals host Allen in their fourth game of the year.
“There’s no off nights for us,” Rolls said. “We want to treat every opponent like they’re Trinity Valley. There’s no let up with our schedule. Allen is a well-coached team that has a few better players from last year. So we’ve got to be ready.”
No. 3 (Div. I) Trinity Valley 85, No. 14 (Div. II) Labette 32
Labette: Kymora Westerfield 7, Jayla Smith 7, Angel Williams 2, Gift Sampson 4, Shanice Uwase 3, Jamie Moore 2, Denijsha Wilson 4, Ariah Powell 3
Trinity Valley: Asia Strong 8, Ta’Niya Jackson 9, Kaye Clark 8, Curtessia Dean 16, Taiyanna Jackson 8, Solmilena Herrera 2, Mekayla 13, Tiya Douglas 17, Lojong Gore 4
Weatherford 49, No. 14 Labette 46
Labette: Kymora Westerfield 4, Gift Sampson 9, Shanice Uwase 6, Jordan Chiles 3, Jayla Smith 11, Diamond Jones 10, Angel Williams 3