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January 5, 2014

In first home games Comanche basketball dominates

COMANCHE — For the first time this season, the Comanche faithful got to see their Indians excellence at home.

Having the season home opener isn’t usually celebrated in January, but with the bouts of bad weather early in the season, Comanche basketball had to make do. Two dominant wins later, the Indians continue to be on track for special seasons.

The girls team (5-2) could do no wrong as it terrorized Wilson on both sides of the ball in a 47-21 victory. It was a season high in points and was earned by a diverse scoring output. Sophomore Baylee Fulford led the team with 11, mostly off of fastbreaks caused by turnovers. However, four players had seven or more points and leading scorer, senior Payge Graham, notched only four.

Coach Sean Hushbeck was extremely pleased with the effort and will take the group’s scoring proficiency anyday.

“We’re a defensive team that is trying to hold the other team under 20 points,” Hushbeck said. “So if we can go out above 40 points a game, we’re going to win a lot of basketball games.”

Behind Fulford on the scoring sheet were senior Hannah Suson with eight, and sophomore Aimee Watson and senior Baylee Morgan with seven each. Hushbeck was endeared by the play of Watson, who went up against Wilson’s Olivia Howard.

Watson was not only able to score on offense, but also Howard was limited on her offensive output. The five-foot ten-inch junior scrambled to make eight points, but only sunk one field goal. The rest of her points were at the free-throw line.

“I felt like we guarded her really well and played with a lot more effort on the defensive end than we did to finish up before Christmas,” Hushbeck said.

A team effort on offense was the slogan for the night as the Comanche boys team (6-1) wrapped up a 54-41 victory in its home debut. Sophomore Mason Taylor provided a lot of help with 16.

Coach Nick Price said most of Taylor’s points came in the second half and helped the team widen the gap from Wilson. He combines with sophomore Braden Ledford to create a strong underclassmen duo that Price is glad to have.

“It’s nice when you have sophomores that have the experience of playing last year as freshman to be big assets on the offensive end of the floor,” Price said.

With the outside shooting clicking, there wasn’t too much asked from senior Jacob Hammond on the offensive end. However, he still had 15 points and made a significant impact on the glass.

Price was proud of the team’s total defensive effort, which included plenty of defensive rebounds by Hammond.

“As a whole team we did a good job of making them take shots they weren’t comfortable with,” Price said. “We did a god job of making sure we didn’t give up many offensive rebounds and communicating on defense.”

Up next for Comanche is a long road trip to Madill on Tuesday, before heading to Lone Grove for a tournament on Thursday.

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