Leland girls shutout South Delta 81-0

LELAND — Leland girls basketball coach Patansy Hampton-Miller said her team was not trying for the shutout Tuesday night in the Lady Cubs 81-0 victory over South Delta in the first round of the District 2-3A tournament at O’Bannon High School.

“We weren’t trying to shut them out,” Hampton-Miller said. “We even let them have a few shots.”

Hampton-Miller played her substitutes for much of the second half, but even then the players on the South Delta team were unable to score. They missed a number of open layups.

Attempts to reach the South Delta coach were unsuccessful.

After Leland took a 30-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, the clock continued running during the second quarter of the game.

Although shutouts in high school basketball are rare, they have happened before. For instance, in 2017 it happened in Montana when Medicine Lake High School defeated Brockton High 102-0. In 2014 in Texas, Mathis High School defeated Kingsville 98-0.

The Leland girls are now 26-1 this season. There next game is against Riverside in the semifinals on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 4. p.m.

With this being start of postseason play, the Leland girls may not have felt they had time to put the gas off the pedal. Coach Hampton-Miller and her girls are hoping to get back to the state semifinals next season, and the competition looks to get mucher tougher in next couple of days.

The Lady Cubs play a talented Riverside team tonight before they will likely get a chance to play Cohaoma County High School on Friday in the state championship game. Coahoma County gave the Lady Cubs their only loss of the season.