DON HARDIN SMALL SCHOOL SHOOTOUT - GIRLS BASKETBALL

EARLY — The Red team built a double-digit advantage, then withheld a late push by the Blue team for a 46-43 victory in Don Hardin Small School Shootout action Friday night.

A three-point attempt for the Blue team by Richland Springs’ Hailee Ashworth with 14 seconds left rolled in and out of the cylinder, which would have tied the game. Though the Blue team retained possession, it was unable to get off another three-point try as the Red team survived.

Offensive MVP Rosalin Munoz of Sidney, a member of the Red team, hit a pair of clutch three-pointers down the stretch to keep the Blue team at arm’s length.

First, after the Blue team closed the gap to 39-38 with 5:03 left, Munoz buried a trey at the 2:34 mark to stretch the advantage to 43-38.

Ashworth — who was named Defensive MVP and also scored 12 points — brought the Blue team back within a possession, 43-40, with a bucket at the 1:43 juncture, but Munoz knocked down another triple with 1:11 left, extending the Red lead to 46-40.

Blue quickly responded with a trey by Ashworth to trim the deficit to 46-43, then the Red team committed one of its 20 turnovers to give the Blue a chance to tie.

Gustine’s Whitney Bryant also scored 13 points for the Red team while others to get into the scoring act included Paducah’s Ali Smith with seven points, Blanket’s Briana Wilson with five points, Richland Springs’ Marci Martin with four points and Borden County’s Tatum Ritchey and Sidney’s Taylor Hall with two points apiece.

Other contributors on the Blue side were Newcastle’s Heather Manos with a game-high 14 points, Valley’s Kennedy Buchanan with 12, Garden City’s Alicia Gutierrez, Lazbuddie’s Iridian Fernandez and Motley County’s Mattie Brooks with two points each and Ira’s Shailee Manning and Richland Springs’ Bralei Lusty finished with one point apiece.

Teams were determined by a draft earlier in the week.

Leading 18-17 with 2:31 left in the first half, the Red team scored seven of the last eight points to open a 25-18 halftime cushion. Three points came from Smith while two each were scored by Munoz and Bryant.

The Red team opened the second half with a trey by Smith for a 10-point lead, 28-18, its largest of the game.