Pampa Lady Harvesters’ season comes to end in tough battle with Levelland Loboettes

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CANYON — The Pampa Lady Harvesters (13-22, 5-5) had their season come to an end Tuesday evening at Canyon High School in a hard-fought battle with the Levelland Loboettes.

“Games boil down to last-second shots sometimes and their best shooter hit a big one. The first half is more of the key to the game,” head coach Kirk Ellis. 

“We shot really well, but we gave up some easy ones in the first half. Not because of effort, but because of not making some adjustments on their press break and stuff like that. They also made 11 free throws in the first half and we made four or five. 

“You’re one point down and you’ve given up three or four layups and five or six extra free throws. That’s where the key was. It wasn’t effort, it was just we didn’t make a couple of adjustments here or there.

The Lady Harvesters got the ball rolling quickly in the first quarter with a three from junior Hallie Sieck at the top of the key. Freshmen Mikalie Floyd added a bucket in the paint a minute later and Pampa led 5-2. 

Sieck hit another three and Pampa had already doubled up Levelland at 8-4. Floyd drained another bucket after a small run from Levelland and Pampa still led 10-7. 

Junior Celest Ostercamp knocked in a couple of free throws and sophomore Savannah Valentine drained a pair of treys in the waning seconds of the opening quarter and Pampa led 18-15 after one. 

Sieck broke an early second-quarter tie with a three to give Pampa the 21-18 lead early in the second quarter. After a lull in scoring by both teams, Levelland took a 22-21 lead with 4:42 left in the period.

Less than 30 ticks later, Floyd fielded a rebound and alleyooped the ball over to Sieck who sank a lay-up to give Pampa back the lead. Ostercamp sank another three to give Pampa the 25-22 lead with 3:40 left in the half. 

Later in the quarter, Floyd went 3-4 in two trips to the charity stripe to lead 28-27 with a minute left in the half. 

Levelland scored in the final moments and the teams went to the locker room with the Loboettes leading 29-28 at half.

The third quarter was a defensive struggle with Pampa not scoring a field goal until a bucket from senior Ally Gutierrez to keep it a one-score game at 38-37 Levelland. 

Just like the first two quarters, the third break was a close 41-37 heading into the fourth quarter.

Ostercamp drained a bucket right out of the gate to start the fourth and after a rebound off free throws ,Sieck drained another three to tie the game at 42 all with 6:44 to play.

Levelland began to pull away and took a 50-42 lead before junior Tynaa Mojica and Smith went 2-2 from the free throw line to bring Pampa within two scores at 50-46 with 2:11 to play. A five-second violation by Levelland allowed a three by Sieck to make it a 50-49 game with 1:30 left to play. 

“We kind of switched our press there and went to kind of a man pressure and tried to harass them a little bit,” Ellis said. 

“Then we started trapping in the half-court and that helped a little. We just continued to get after them, basically. It wasn’t anything magical or anything. 

“It was just a little bit of an adjustment there to not make them see the same thing over and over. That helped us a little bit. Most of it was just effort and energy. Getting on the floor for loose balls.”

On Pampa’s next possession Smith was fouled and sank one of her free throws to tie the game up, but a three from Levelland gave the Loboettes the 53-50 lead with 30 seconds left and ended the Lady Harvesters season.

“We got eight points down with three minutes to go in the second half and just continued to fight and battle. I honestly thought we had another five-second call we didn’t get,” Ellis said. “We did get a five-second call, but we couldn’t quite convert. There were some good looks in the basket that just didn’t go in for us.”

The loss served as the final game of Kambry Smith and Ally Gutierrez’ high-school career. The Pampa News would like to congratulate these two young ladies on a great high school career and wish them the best of luck on their future endeavors.

“I love the way they went out. They both had fouls but they both got back in the game with four minutes and they led us in that comeback,” Ellis said. 

“Kambry was getting her hands on balls and Ally was getting some offensive rebounds. They led us. I was real proud of them. They’ve been that way pretty much all year.”

The Lady Harvesters could return with quite a few familiar faces next year with juniors Hallie Sieck, Tynaa Mojica, Ruth Andrews, Celest Ostercamp and underclassmen Abigail Jensen, Lexi Maul, Ariel Lacher and Mikalie Floyd among others.

“It should be a fun year,” Ellis said. “We’re going to miss Kambry’s defense and Ally’s versatility but last year we had to replace four and this year we’ll have to replace two, so it makes me feel a little better.”

Stat round-up

Hallie Sieck led the team in scoring with 19 points, five three-pointers and was 2-2 from the line; Mikalie Floyd had seven points and was 3-6 in free throws; Ally Gutierrez had six points and was 4-4 in free throws; Savannah Valentine had six points off two threes; Celest Ostercamp had six points and was 2-3 in free throws; Tynaa Mojica had four points and was 4-6 in free throws and Kambry Smith had two points and was 2-4 in free throws. 

As a team, the Lady Harvesters had seven three-pointers and was 17-26 (65 percent) in free throws.

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