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Frenship
59
Burges
Final 7
Odessa
45
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Weatherford
50
Coronado
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Canyon Randall
21
Plainview
Final 0
Sweetwater
66
Lubbock High
Final 35
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43
Idalou
Final 22

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Midland Greenwood
49
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Final 36
Estacado
37
Hereford
Final 36
Roosevelt
45
Lamesa
Final 32
Muleshoe
48
Levelland
Final 46
Littlefield
28
Snyder
Final 0

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Fort Stockton
49
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Final 42
Denver City
33
Pecos
Final17
Floydada
33
Slaton
Final 6
Abernathy
24
Post
Final 21

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New Deal
55
Dimmitt
Final 14
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35
Hale Center
Final 28
Friona
23
Olton
Final 13
Crosbyton
34
Tahoka
Final 7
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13
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Final 12
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19
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Lockney
40
Lubbock Christian
Final 22
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40
Plains
Final 0
Seagraves
53
Jal
Final 0
Sundown
48
Calvary Christian
Final 18

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Jayton
Ropes
10 a.m. Sat.
Lorenzo
Wellman-Union
7:30 p.m.
Spur
58
Anton
Final 13
Meadow
46
Santa Anna
Final 14
New Home
64
Amherst
Final 14
Whiteface
69
Christ the King
Final 22
Borden County
78
Knox City
Final 45
Klondike
88
Dawson
Final 43
O'Donnell
77
Southland
Final 49
Petersburg
Follett
Sat. 4 p.m.

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Trinity Christian
New Mexico Military
Canceled
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Maldonado's development key for Fillies' success

Posted: December 3, 2012 - 6:43pm  |  Updated: December 4, 2012 - 1:15am

Allison Maldonado had just three points in Shallowater’s 45-28 victory against Smyer in the championship game of the Shallowater Shootout on Saturday.

But head coach Chuck Darden said that doesn’t begin to tell the story of her importance in the game. Jordan Locke and Kennedy Farr, Smyer’s two top players, combined for 20 of the Lady Cats’ 28 points

“Her defense was the key,” Darden said. “She did a super job on both those big girls of Smyer even though she didn’t score much in the game. We count on her inside. She’s got a lot of experience and we need it. She’s done a great job for the team.”

Maldonado’s development has been huge for the Fillies, who are off to a 9-0 start and ranked No. 9 in the state. It also earns her this week’s honor as the Happy State Bank/Avalanche-Journal Female Athlete of the Week.

She averaged 11.3 points per game during the tournament last weekend, scoring 16 against Post in the opening round and 15 against Muleshoe in the semifinals.

“I really just want to go out and be the best I can be in any way I’m needed to contribute,” Maldonado said. “Offense or defense, whatever they need me for.”

Maldonado averaged 9.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game as a junior, her first full year on varsity after coming up from the junior varsity toward the end of her sophomore season. But she realized in the offseason she needed to take the next step.

“I really want this team to go far and I’ve worked really hard to make that happen,” Maldonado said. “But I also have a great team surrounding me. It’s an amazing team and the other players have helped me a lot.

“This past year we wanted to go to state and this being my senior year it hit me that I’m going to have to be a leader on the team to make that happen, and we all want that to happen.”

Darden said the presence of Maldonado and fellow senior forward Rebekah Jones, both over 6-foot tall, gives the Fillies a tough matchup in the paint.

But they’re not quite where they need to be.

Darden said both need to continue working on their footwork inside, and Maldonado herself pinpointed her high-post game and her passing as two areas she’s focused on improving.

“I’m used to playing down low, but I have to be up high to work the offense,” Maldonado said. “It’s taking a lot of shooting. I’m not the best passer. I can see the pass, but then I throw it and I’m like, ‘That’s not where I wanted it to go.’”

But the confidence gained from beating Smyer, a perennial Class 1A power that won the tournament last year, should help down the road, Maldonado said.

“To finally get them and win the tournament is amazing,” Maldonado said. “It will definitely help us with our confidence a lot.”

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