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By Leric Eaton
This week the New Deal Varsity Basketball Team suited up for their first tournament. Players were eager to do their best and demonstrate how the Lions played basketball.
“Overall we did really good in the tournament. We had the usual growing pains that come with us not having a lot of practice and we messed up more than I would like on fundamental stuff. But overall we did very well in the tournament and I look forward to seeing where we grow as a team.” Haden
The Lions played five Teams in a Straight Round Robin tournament. The first game was Thursday at !:00 against the Petersburg Buffaloes. The following day The Lions defeated All Saints with a score of 55-30
The Lions also victoried over the Bulldogs with a score of 53-38
Saturday morning the Lions faced the new home
By Ghenevieve Vasquez
The New Deal Lady Lions played against Whitharral on Tuesday, November 19th. The girls played on the new court in the New Deal gymnasium. In the first quarter, the lady lions scored 15 points, while the lady panthers scored 3 points. Varsity player Rhett Hill stated, “I think we all played together as a team and executed plays nicely. We made some mistakes, but overall we fixed what we needed to in order to get our job done!” The girls had made 43 rebounds, 18 assists, 13 steals, and 10 blocks. Kim Randolph said, “I feel like we played our hardest, but we still have to work for the rest of the season. I rebounded well and made block shots!” The New Deal Lady Lions won against the Whitharral Lady Panthers with a score of 68 to 34. Coach Manning stated, “The girls improved their time 3-1, they continue to play hard and work as a team. It is awesome to see a group of young ladies cheer for one another and be genuinely happy for their teammate’s success.”
By Ghenevieve Vasquez
The New Deal Lady Lions had a fabulous game against Tahoka on Saturday, November 16th. The girls played in Tahoka and had 37 rebounds, 12 assists, and 28 steals with their 3-point percentage being 33%.
Senior Hannah Fenske said, “I felt pretty confident playing against them. At the beginning we were somewhat sloppy, but we cleaned it up and put some points on the board. We had good defense and amazing deflections.”
The girls played hard against the Lady Bulldogs and won with the score being 55 to 24. Highlights of the game include players Jasmine Valdez, Jaiden Rodriguez, Ghenevieve Vasquez, Taylor Gonzalez, Hannah Fenske, and Charlee Whitfield.
Sophomore Ghenevieve Vasquez stated, “I think we did really well as a team on Saturday, I felt really confident playing against them. I do think we could have played better overall but we still played hard and hustled. In the end, I was really proud of us and it felt good to achieve a win.” Coach Manning said.
By Ghenevieve Vasquez

Tuesday, November 5th, the New Deal Lady Lions basketball team had scrimmages in the Roosevelt gymnasium. The girls played against Roosevelt and Seagraves. They played two twelve-minute running clock sessions against Roosevelt and Seagraves. The girls won against Roosevelt both times with the scores being 12-5 and 15-9. Varsity player Hannah Fenske said, “We had a lot of deflections and good executions; I felt really confident that we would go out there and get it done.” The girls played very hard against both teams, and they won against Seagraves one time with a score of 20-13 and tied them with 15-15. Student athlete Charlee Whitfield said, “I think we came out to start the game with a lot of confidence, and we improved from there; I hope we learned from these games, I know I did.” “I think these games were good for us,” said Coach Manning. “Both teams were athletic and played defense aggressively and so it made us have to handle the chaotic pace. The last scrimmages we played, both teams were a little more methodical. I thought we did a good job, we attacked the rim, sometimes we would do things the harder way, we got a lot of deflections, steals, and opportunities for a lot of layups,” Manning concluded. The Ladies will play in a tournament on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this week.

By Shelby Burkhead

The New Deal Girls JV Basketball teams traveled to Roosevelt High School to play in a couple scrimmages to kick off their much anticipated season. The Ladies played a twelve-minute, nonstop clock scrimmage against Segraves JV and Roosevelt JV. This was the first time the JV got to play together with Coach Cedillo coaching them. Coach Cedillo said of their efforts, “I think the scrimmages were good for us to prepare and get ready for the upcoming season.” For the Freshman it was their first time playing at a high school game. A couple of them were asked if they were nervous about their first high school game. Andee Whitfield answered, “No, I wasn’t nervous because we worked hard every day in practice, we executed well, and we have a lot of talent on our team.” The JV Lady Lions beat Seagraves in our first scrimmage against them 18-15, and in the second game they beat them 5-1. Against Roosevelt the Lions beat them 12-4, then beat them again 10-3. Sophomore Camryn Stanton said of the wins, “I think that our team has a lot of talent, and I think it will be a good season.” The Lady Lions won every scrimmage they played; what a great way to start a season.

By Ghenevieve Vasquez
Monday, October 7th, 2019, the New Deal High School girls had their first scrimmage of the preseason. On Monday teams Lorenzo, New Home and Lockney came to New Deal to play against each other. The first team the New Deal Lady Lions played against was Lorenzo. The Lady Lions fought hard and long, but unfortunately did not come out with the win. After the Ladies watched New Home and Lockney go against each other, the team watched Lorenzo and Lockney go against each other. All four teams are competitive and fought hard for the ball.
It was tough, but all four teams did well. At 7:15 the Lady Lions had their second game and they played the New Home Lady Lepards. After two 18 minute halves, both teams were exhausted. Both teams played hard. It was 2 good games for the New Deal Lady Lions and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for our community and teams and future basketball games!
By Ghenevieve Vasquez
The New Deal Lady Lion basketball team started their official basketball practice on October 23rd. They have their first scrimmage Saturday, November 2. This will be Coach Manning’s first time getting to coach the girls in a while. He said, “Overall, I am excited to see us go against other people again, and I am excited for us to get to try as coaches to make adjustments, to see what we need to work on, to see what we are good at and to see what our strengths and weaknesses are.”
The girls have been playing summer league basketball games and practicing for their season. “We had a great first practice, every day we work harder and each day we get closer to our goals. I believe we will have an amazing season,” said student-athlete Jasmine Valdez.
The varsity girls went to Abilene, Texas to play in a tournament during the summer. Charlee Whitfield said, “I think it definitely helped with our team chemistry. It was definitely a trip to remember. We had team bonding and we got better as a team.” The junior varsity girls played in many summer league basketball games as well. One of the players, McKenna Booth said, “I think this year’s basketball teams are really strong; we both have a very good defense, which will get us really far this season. We all work really well together, which is key to any good basketball team. We have a great coach leading us again this year, and I think we are going to have a great season.”