Wolves lose another close one
By Rodney White
The Wolves could not get their shots to fall. They continued to miss open shots under the basket all night long, everything Perryton shot seemed to fall in. The result was a heartbreaking loss as the Wolves fell to the Perryton Rangers Tuesday night 65-61. The Wolves defense played great on the perimeter, but continually let Perryton drive the lane for easy baskets, or they left the back door wide open. Still, the Wolves continued to hustle and play hard. The real losing factor was again Dalhart’s inability to make a free throw. The Wolves made 12 out of 26 shots for a 46 percent free throw shooting average. Coach Walker said, “This was a hard fought game and a hard one to lose. The Wolves played extremely hard and played their roles well.” The Wolves fall to 2-2 in district play with last year’s district champ, Lubbock Estacado, coming to town Friday.
The game started with a great rebound by Harper Scofield. Tyler Smith tied the game at 2. Thomas Allen had a power layup to make the lead 4-2. Harper followed with a basket. Harper picked up a free throw when he was fouled on a shot attempt and tied the game at 8. Tyler Smith had a big block and a rebound and then fed the ball to Noah Jesko who gave the wolves a two point lead. Chase Brorman added a free throw to give the Wolves a one point lead, but at the end of the first quarter, the Wolves trailed 11-12. Chad Ogle came on and hit a three for the Wolves. DaVonte Burks stole the ball and raced down court for a layup to tie the game at 16. Smith missed a shot, but grabbed his rebound and made a layup to make the lead 18-16. Smith then had another basket, followed by Allen with two more points. Tyler added another free throw to tie the game at 23. Thomas Allen made two free throws after a layup by Smith. It looked like the Wolves would take a lead into halftime, but Perryton hit a lucky three off the glass to lead by one point at halftime 27-28.
The Wolves started strong after halftime with Burks hitting a layup. Allen had a rebound and threw the ball in for a 31-28 lead. Harper missed on his next trip down, but Allen rebounded the ball and put it back in to stretch the lead to five. Harper then scored two points after an assist from Thomas. Burks grabbed a loose ball and hit an eight-foot jumper to make the lead 37-30. Harper blocked a shot, and Burks went down and shot a three to make the score 40-36. Allen hit a 14-foot jumper to make the score 45-38. Burks had another steal and a layup to keep the Wolves ahead, 44-40. Smith added a layup to end the third quarter 46-43.
Perryton got deadly from the field, and the Wolves took a time out trailing 46-50, after Perryton scored eight unanswered points. Chad Ogle stole the ball on their next possession, and the Wolves took another time out, trailing 49-53. Burks made a layup to bring the score down to 55-59. Perryton took a time out after scoring to make the lead 55-61 for Perryton. Tyler fed the ball to Harper for a layup, and after he was fouled, completed the three point play to make the score 58-61. Burks narrowed the lead to two points with a free throw with 46 seconds left in the game. Harper had another layup after an assist from Burks to make the score 61-63 with eight seconds left in the game. The Wolves never got another shot off and lost 61-65. Their record is now 15-4 for the season.
Statistics: DaVonte Burks 16 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals. Thomas Allen 15 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Tyler Smith played great with 11 points and 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Harper Scofield had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Noah Jesko 4 points. Chad Ogle 3 points.