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December 7, 2008

Velma-Alma sweeps, Walters and Empire girls roll

The Banner Staff

VELMA-ALMA — The Velma-Alma basketball teams had character building exercises Friday night. After getting swept in the season opener by Healdton, the Comet teams each picked up wins over Rush Springs in close contests.

The games against Rush Springs was the second in as many days for Central High who held its homecoming Friday night.

Walters doubled up Big Pasture, as Cassadie Holybee netted 24 points.

Empire’s girls managed to keep the Grandfield ladies to just eight points while pouring in 48 to coast to an easy win. The Lady Bearcats are now 1-1 on the season as Dakota Brown put in 14 points for the Lady Bulldogs.

Velma-Alma boys 50, Rush Springs 40
VELMA — The inexperienced Comet basketball team was given some excellent on the job training as it picked up a 50-44 win over Rush Springs in overtime. Dillon Dennis hit a 3-pointer to break a tie in the extra session and the team went on to hit 5-of-8 from the free throw line to pick up the win and even its record at 1-1 on the season.

“We’re learning as we go,” Velma-Alma head coach Kenny Bare said. “The kids played really hard and I think we will see steady improvement as the season goes along.”

The Comets took a 21-15 lead into the half only to see the Redskins go off from beyond the arc in the second half. James McWilliams hit five 3-pointers in the half and led all scorers with 24 points.

Kale Gayanich led the Comets with 16 points and Dennis added 11. Dillon Morgan and Trenten Files each added eight.

Velma-Alma will return to action on Tuesday when it hosts Empire.

Velma-Alma girls 30, Rush Springs 29
VELMA — The Lady Comets came out on top in a defensive struggle, knocking off Rush Springs 30-29 to pick up their first win of the season.

Velma-Alma took a 17-14 lead into the half after scoring 10 points in the second quarter, the most either team would score in a quarter.

Shelby Hayes led the Lady Comets with 10 points as Taylor Alexander scored seven and Robyn Sanner added five.

Walters girls 75, Big Pasture 33
The Walters Lady Devils continued to roll early in the season with a 75-33 win over Big Pasture Friday night. Walters scored 68 of its points in the first three quarters while holding the Lady Rangers to 13.

Cassadie Holybee scored 24 to pace the Lady Blue Devils. Tashina Ototivo added 16 and Vanessa Karpe tacked on 11 to lead Walters, which improved to 3-0.

The Lady Blue Devils will have their sites set on the Velma-Alma tournament next week where it expects to be tested against the likes of Healdton and Velma-Alma to name a few of the schools.

“The kids have gone out and performed well,” Walters head coach Sam Hale said. “They have played exactly the way we want them to play, it’s been a pretty good start.”

Empire girls 49, Grandfield 8
Grandfield — The Empire Lady Bulldogs had little problem in disposing of Grandfield Tuesday night, defeating the Lady Bearcats 49-8 to improve to 1-1 on the season.

Dakota Brown led Empire, scoring 14 points and bringing down eight rebounds. Andrea McCormick had 11 points and Whitney Jennings added 10 points and three steals off of the bench.

Empire finished with 24 rebounds and had 10 steals to nine turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs will be back in action on Tuesday when it travels to Velma-Alma.