The Duncan Banner
It’s not easy to lose a close rivalry game. It’s even harder to move past it and focus on the next one.
That’s what the Bray-Doyle girls basketball team will have to do after it lost in heartbreaking fashion 33-31 at Central High Saturday. The Donkeys (6-2) do get the benefit of being at home when they face Paoli on Tuesday, and despite the tough loss, coach Frank Moser thought the players got a lot better from the game.
“I feel like we get a lot out of those games,” Moser said. “You’re in that pressure-cooker situation and you have to not make as many mistakes. It just makes you play a little bit better down the road.”
Down the road, the schedule gets interesting. Tuesday’s matchup will mark only the second home game of the year for Bray-Doyle. However, eight of the next 11 games, not counting the Stephens County tournament, will be in friendly confines. It is a small advantage for Moser’s team, which will face an increase in difficulty from its opponents.
“You tend to play a little better at home,” Moser said. “You tend to sometimes get a little better calls go your way. So I’m happy that as the schedule is getting a little tougher, we’re getting a few more home ones too.”
The Bray-Doyle boys basketball team (1-7) is still looking for its first win since beating Marlow’s junior varsity squad at the Geronimo tournament on Dec. 12. The Donkeys suffered a tough outing against Central High, who beat them 61-31, but just like Moser, coach Doug Bond doesn’t think the game was worthless.
“We didn’t do some things right and they’re a pretty good basketball team,” Bond said. “I was actually pleased what happened for most of the game... We handled the press a lot better than we had been, but we still had too many turnovers.”
Bond added that Paoli won’t be on the same talent level as Central and therefore hopes for a good game Tuesday night. He says the message is to just keep getting better, and hopes that the home court might help them do that.
“Hopefully the kids get fired up and get after it,” Bond said.
After Tuesday’s game, the Donkeys will get a week off from competition, resuming their season at Healdton on Jan. 14.