Floydada, Lockney varsity teams are thankful for good starts to hoops season

FLOYD COUNTY — Ten days into the high school basketball season gives hope that Floydada and Lockney may have solid boys and girls basketball teams for the 2021-22 season. All four teams have winning records.

Lockney Lady Longhorns (8-2)

The Lady Horns have shown signs of a very balanced scoring team in the early going. Three players are averaging in the double figures led by junior Adri Villarreal with a 13-point average, junior Mariah Ascensio and senior Gabriella Cervantes are both chipping in close to 12 points each. Villarreal has had the highest single game of 28 points against Olton. Cervantes has had two games of scoring 24 for her season highs. Ascensio has also had an individual high of 24.

In the early goings of the season, the Lady Horns have trailed after the first quarter in many of their games. But, they have established a habit of winning the second and third quarters. Lockney has an average winning margin of 53-42. There biggest wins so far have been against Springlake-Earth 55-47, Seagraves 51-42 and Olton 46-41. The two losses were against quality 1A programs of Valley (7-0) and Spur (6-3).

The Lady Horns have already played in one tournament where they finished 2-2 at Spur. The first weekends of December the Lockney girls will play in on consecutive weekends at the Tahoka and Lockney Tournaments.

Next game will be on Tuesday November 30 at Muleshoe with the 3A Lady Mules.

Trey Bale is the coach of the Lady Horns.

Floydada Lady Winds (5-2)

It has been awhile since Floydada has been blessed with some size in girls basketball. 6’1” sophomore Sierra Snowden and 6′ Lailah Burks gives the Lady a strong presence in the paint.

Snowden is tied for top scoring average with senior guard Erin Trevino, both averaging 10 points a game.

The Lady Winds also feature some speed and athleticism on the outside perimeter with sophomore Zay Santos and junior Dani Zavala. This backcourt duo is averaging nine and six points respectively. The Lady Winds have done a good job of handling the ball as a unit, and the defense has been improving each game. So far, Floydada is outscoring their opponents by a 48-33 average.

Floydada will spend the first two weekends of playing tournaments at Tahoka and hosting the Whirlwind Classic.

The Lady Winds will conclude their November schedule on Tuesday at Acuff with the 3A Lady Eagles. Floydada is riding a four-game winning streak. KFLP 106.1 FM will have the broadcast with Randell Sims.

Adam Zepeda is the Floydada girls coach.

Floydada Whirlwinds (2-0)

Speed and an attacking man defense will probably be the heart and soul of the Whirlwinds this season. Floydada has only one player over 6′ with 6’2” junior post Brett Brittain. The strength is in a quartet of guards in sophomore Abram Castillo (21-ppg), junior Jayson Cooper (10-ppg), along with freshmen Ty Henderson (12-ppg) and Braun Hobbs (13-ppg).

Off of the bench, the Whirlwinds have been getting quality minutes from a pair of forwards, senior Brandon Marquez and sophomore Aiden Trevino.

Floydada will surprise you with the jumping ability as team, but the most noticeable aspect of their game is the way that attack the passing lanes and aggravate their opponents into turnovers. The Winds transition off of steals enables them to make multiple scoring runs in the course of a game.

The Whirlwinds have established a winning tradition in boys basketball as they are a two time defending District Champs; have put together three consecutive 20-plus winning seasons; and have advanced to the third round of the playoffs the past two seasons.

The first two weekends of December will be tournament action for the Whirlwinds at Tahoka and  the Whirlwind Classic.

Head coach is Anthony Carson.

NEXT: on the road on Tuesday, November 30 against the 3A Roosevelt Eagles. KFLP will begin broadcasting the Floydada games at Roosevelt with Randell Sims.

Lockney Longhorns (2-1)

The Lockney boys came out of the starting blocks with solid wins against Roosevelt 80-56, and winning at Seagraves 57-44. The Longhorns ran into a difficult opponent in Game 3 with the undefeated Olton Mustangs who won 74-31.

The Longhorns do have some scoring punch in senior point guard Josh Barreterro scoring 21-ppg. Barreterro opened the season with an impressive performances of 31-points against Roosevelt, followed by 26-point outing at Seagraves. Austin Rodriguez has been productive early in the season with 15-ppg.

Lockney has some size in juniors Jonathan Ceinfuegos (6’2”) and Malaki Alvis (6’3”).
More will be known about the Longhorns after playing consecutive tournaments at Tahoka and hosting the Lockney Tourney in the first half of December.

Head coach is Kelan Verette.

NEXT: at Muleshoe, Tuesday November 30 with the 3A Mules.

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