The Lehman Lady Lobos wrapped up their 2018 campaign Tuesday with a 53-18 loss to the district champion Westlake Chaparrals.
Westlake quickly seized momentum by outscoring Lehman 11-3 in the first quarter.
The Chaps maintained momentum in the second frame, aided by a size advantage that kept Lehman’s offense grounded.
The Lobos were unable to find a rhythm offensively and headed into halftime, down 24-7.
Head coach James Halatin said all he wanted from his team was to play calm.
“That was it, just enjoy the moment, enjoy the seniors, enjoy playing in your gym against one of the top teams in the state – just be calm,” Halatin said.
The Lobos stayed calm throughout the second half and sought to take advantage of their scoring opportunities. While the Lobos improved by tallying 11 second half points, they were unable to keep a prolific Westlake offense off the scoreboard.
Lehman senior Zakya Jarden said her team could have done a little better against Westlake.
“I feel like we did well, but we could have done way better,” Jarden said. “Defensively we had them, but offensively we kind of failed ourselves offensively.”
Despite the loss, Halatin reminisced on improvements the Lobos had during the course of the season.
“They have come a long way and I have been pleased with their improvement from last year to this year in the same district with being one of the toughest districts in the area,” Halatin said.
Halatin has had a blast coaching the Lobos this season, and loves how close the girls were this season.
“I think I have laughed more this year in my 20 years that I have laughed at all in an entire season,” Halatin said. “Even though it was so frustrating because we just couldn’t get those wins, I am proud to be around them because they are such a joy to be around.”