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December 20, 2013

Donkeys make progress on road trip

BRAY — Bray-Doyle girls basketball continues to excel on defense, racking up its fourth win in a 34-17 slugfest at Maysville on Tuesday.

The Donkeys now move to 4-1, only three wins less than last year’s total. Coach Frank Moser said that his team ran the offense well, but they just didn’t make the shots they needed to turn the game into a rout until late. Success on the offensive end has been hard to come by for Bray-Doyle all season.

“It’s been our habit lately to not score that many points, but I’m glad the defense is playing well,” Moser said. “I don’t recall having a lot of turnovers. We were getting good looks, but they weren’t falling.”

With three seniors on the roster, it wouldn’t have been surprising for the Donkeys to get frustrated, especially when the officiating wasn’t going their way, as well as the bounces. Moser said his team stayed strong. They hung in there and pulled out the win.

“I told them, ‘If you’re playing hard on defense, you’re getting turnovers and stops, and you’re going down on offense, running your offense and getting good looks, that’s all you can hope for,” Moser said.

Bray-Doyle boys basketball has also seen some early improvement. Though the Donkeys (1-4) haven’t had that many wins, they have so far achieved Doug Bond’s initial preseason goal, which was to be competitive. His team fulfilled that promise in a 55-50 loss on Tuesday.

“We have learned a lot and started playing as a team, not as a bunch of individuals,” Bond said. “This year, we have been competitive in most games. Even in the two games we lost in the tournament, we were competitive for a while. They’re starting to see what’s going on.

“It’s going good as of right now.”

The team has had two standouts so far, senior Randy Jackson and junior Josh Goodrich. Each brings his own unique set of skills to the court. Bond praised Goodrich’s basketball IQ. As for Jackson, he has taken the responsibility of being the team’s leading scorer and has average double figures in points so far this season.

“Randy has been working the whole year to become a starter, and now that he is, he keeps working hard,” Bond said.

The Donkeys will have a short break before they travel to Cement on Saturday. The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 26 but was one of the games that had to be postponed because of inclement weather.

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