Pampa locks up three-seed in rubber match with Perryton

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STINNETT — The Pampa Lady Harvesters (13-21, 5-4) traveled to Stinnett on Friday where they played Perryton at West Texas High School in a seeding game for the No. 3 seed in 4-4A.

The Lady Harvesters took command of the game and used stout defense and rebounding to lock up the three seed and a date with Levelland after the 43-36 victory.

“It (the first quarter leading 19-5) set the tone and Perryton is a traditional basketball school,” head coach Kirk Ellis said. 

“They weren’t going to just lay down and die. We made a few mistakes, but overall I love the way we handled their little comeback. I wish we could’ve scored a little more often during that time, but we kept our cool for the most part. I’m proud of our kids.”

The Lady Harvesters came out aggressive with senior Ally Gutierrez scoring a basket off on a second-chance opportunity at the 6:32 mark. 

After a shot in the paint from freshmen Mikalie Floyd, junior Celest Ostercamp drained a three followed by a bucket on another second-chance opportunity to give Pampa the 11-4 lead with just under three minutes left in the quarter.

“She’s (Ostercamp) done that (led the team in scoring) twice in the last three or four games, but she’s done a great job,” Ellis said. “Every one coming off the bench right now, even if their not necessarily scoring, they’re bringing energy and I like that.”

The scoring run continued with junior Hallie Sieck scoring a lay-up off of a steal and it was a 10-point lead, 14-4. 

Sieck drained a three off of an inbound pass from senior Kambry Smith followed by a bucket from sophomore Savannah Valentine to give Pampa the 19-5 lead after one.

“What we did do in the last part with one exception was we didn’t allow their shooters any room to get a three,” Ellis said. 

“No. 14 got one with maybe three minutes left, but I think we did a good job on our game-plan. Maybe a few too many fouls, but that’s okay.”

Gutierrez scored Pampa’s first points in the third quarter when she rebounded a missed three and took a basket for consolation. The Lady Harvesters converted some free throw opportunities and Floyd scored another bucket on an offensive rebound before Pampa headed to the locker room leading 28-16 at the half.

“Rebounding is something we’ve struggled with, but we fixed it tonight,” Ellis said. “Hopefully that continues because it’s going to have to if we want to win next week against Levelland.”

Perryton scored first out of the locker room and cut the deficit to eight points before Gutierrez and Valentine scored four points in 45 seconds to make it a 10-point game again at 32-22.

Perryton out-scored Pampa 12-5 in the third quarter, however, and heading into the final frame it was 33-28 Pampa.

Fifty-five ticks, into the fourth quarter Ostercamp drained a three to slow the Rangerette rally. Gutierrez continued to stave off the come-back with another bucket to keep it an eight-point, 38-30 game with 4:21 left to play.

Floyd hit another basket before the game ended and Pampa locked up the three-seed with a 43-36 win.

The Lady Harvesters return to action tonight in Canyon at 6:30 p.m. where they will battle Levelland for the bi-district championship.

“I don’t know a ton about them yet. They’re not as big as they were last year and seem like they are more guard-oriented this year,” Ellis said. 

“I think we’ll have a shot, but we’ll have to play really well. They’ve got a traditional basketball school there and I think we’ve got a shot at it. It’ll be fun to go see.”

Stat round-up

Celest Ostercamp led the team in scoring with 12 points off two threes; Mikalie Floyd had 10 points and went 4-6 from the line; Ally Gutierrez had nine points and was 1-3 in free throws; Hallie Sieck had six points, a three and went 1-2 from the line; Savannah Valentine had five points and was 1-2 from the stripe and Kambry Smith had one point off a free throw (1-2 total). 

As a team the Lady Harvesters had three three-pointers and was 8-15 (53 percent) from the free throw line.

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