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Marlow’s Skyler Newberry goes up for a shot over Bray-Doyle’s Kaleigh Stone.

Michael Pineda
The Duncan Banner

What could have been a night to remember for the Bray-Doyle Lady Donkeys turned into a offensive nightmare when it was all said and done.

Facing off against the strength of Marlow, the Lady Donkeys converted 5-of-46 from the field in a 42-25 loss Saturday night. The Lady Outlaws also had their struggles with 15 first half turnovers but pulled away in the second half to claim their second tournament title in 2010.

“We had game-planned to do some different things but we had a lot of success in our man and stayed with it,” Marlow coach Kirk Harris said. “The big key for us defensively, we played pretty well.”

The majority of Bray-Doyle’s damage in the first half came at the free throw line where it converted 8-of-15 and trailed 18-14 going into the intermission. All three of the Lady Donkey’s baskets in the field came in the first quarter. The pressure from Bray-Doyle kept the Lady Outlaws from doing much when they had the ball.

“We prepared for the pressure and were maybe a little uptight,” Harris said. “They were quick and did a good job with their trap. In the first five minutes we really struggled with it. We made an adjustment at halftime and we did a little better.”

A Taylor Leippe basket at the end of the first quarter gave Marlow a 10-9 lead at the end of the first and in the second quarter, the Lady Outlaws extended the lead. Although Bray-Doyle was 0-for-7 in the second quarter, it had its chances at the free throw line yet only managed 5-of-11.

“They play good defense but it was no more physical than the Am-Po defense or Apache defense,” Bray-Doyle coach Jaicee Powers said. “We missed some shots early which would have been nice as a confidence builder and we had two officials that let them play physical with us.”

The Lady Outlaws began to focus more on attacking the basket in the second half, feeding the ball into Samantha Manke or creating something off the dribble on the wing.

“We looked at some new stuff that we had practiced and maybe the girls were doing too much thinking instead of reacting,” Harris said. “We simplified it in the second half and the girls did a good job. We got more touches inside during the second half and we also got some dribble penetration.”

Despite Marlow’s advantage offensively, Bray-Doyle managed to stay in the game. A basket by Sarah Justus, the first in over 15 minutes, at the 2:30 mark of third quarter pulled the Lady Donkeys within 24-19.

Chadell George answered for Marlow, which began to find consistency on the offensive side of the floor. The Lady Outlaws took the lead to 29-19 at the end of the third and were never seriously threatened as a Justus 3-pointer accounted for the Lady Donkey’s only field goal of the fourth.

“Up until midway through the fourth quarter I felt we played hard on defense,” Powers said. “We have played in two championships this year and three or four big games that will help prepare us down the road. The girls have gone through a lot of adversity this week and they have stuck with each other.”

Leippe scored 15 points to lead the Marlow attack. Manke scored seven and freshman Avery Walker tacked on six. Justus scored 12 to lead Bray-Doyle and Shayla Bingham added five.

Comanche 54, Central High 42

The Lady Indians doubled their win output of the season this weekend as they went 2-1 in the Stephens County Tournament and placed third with a 54-42 win over No. 3 seed Central High. Stephanie Dunlap scored 14 to lead Comanche in a game that saw five different players foul out.

The Lady Bronchos dominated throughout most of the first half and led 21-10 as halftime approached. Austyn Taylor and Nicole Repp both got work done inside and Ashley Smith provided a spark in the back-court with her quickness to help Central High jump out to the lead.

That lead began to unravel at the end of the half when a Dunlap 3-pointer sparked a 7-0 run the brought the lead down to 21-17 going into the half.

Foul trouble began to mount for both teams in the third quarter with Central High getting hurt most with the loss of Smith and Repp. Repp’s fourth foul brought an animated response for Chad Weldon who got his money’s worth with a technical foul.

The end result was two free throws and a 3-pointer to cut the deficit down to 25-24.

Comanche took a 30-29 lead at the end of the third and went back and forth with Central High early in the fourth. Repp converted a 3-point play to give the Lady Bronchos a 36-35 lead only to see Jacobi Clark bury a 3-pointer. The Lady Indians led from that point on as they finished with 37 second half points to get the win.

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