The Duncan Banner

Sports

January 7, 2014

Empire drops both against Wilson

EMPIRE — Empire girls basketball was one Melaina Yearby jumper away from victory against Walters.

The shot didn’t fall, and the Bulldogs weren’t able to complete the comeback losing 33-32.

The loss was the team’s second in a row after coming back from Christmas break, with the first coming to Wilson at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.

The Bulldogs were trailing at the end of the first quarter 15-5, and Coach Sean Hushbeck said the loss on the NBA floor played into that slow start.

“It was kind of lingering on their minds,” Hushbeck said. “We’ve been kind of in a slump, and we’re trying to figure a way out of it. I think this was a good push in that direction as the game went on.”

Empire outscored Walters in the other three quarters, including a 9-4 advantage in the fourth. Kaelyn Allensworth was a big reason for that comeback scoring 15 points. Yearby added 10.

“We’re getting there slowly, but still offensively, we have to find that next level,” Hushbeck said.

In the boys game, Empire took a step back. The Bulldogs, who are still searching for their first win, didn’t play with the same intensity on defense that it has been.

Walters shot 9-15 from beyond the arc and had 17 offensive rebounds to solidify the 85-49 scoreline.

Coach Stefan Hunt is still pleased with the work ethic of his players, but hopes to see more improvement on the court.

“For the first time we got out hustled and out worked,” Hunt said. “The boys were disappointed in themselves after the game. We came together as a group and said we weren’t going to let it happen again.”

Hunt said he was surprised at how well Walters shot the ball from outside. He changed up the defense quite a few times, but no matter what, the home team always found an open look. That made it a lot easier to score.

“When you’re out there on an island by yourself, those shots tend to go in a lot easier than they would, if you got someone with a hand up running at you,” Hunt said.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Big game atmosphere VYPE picks Duncan to make playoffs

    Despite facing a rigorous schedule, Duncan was picked by VYPE’s preseason football preview to return to the postseason after a one-year hiatus.
    With new coach Craig Benson taking over this season, the magazine predicted Duncan will finish fourth in Class 5A District 1 ahead of Chickasha and behind Ardmore. The Demons are also ranked as the No. 16 team in the Class, with Lawton Mac being the highest ranked team in the district at No. 4.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Local support Dehydrator breaks participation record

    With 626 participants, the 24th annual Dehydrator shattered its attendance record Saturday, welcoming riders from around the world to Duncan.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ash She is Safe 5K draws more than 100

    More than 100 participants flooded the streets of Duncan last night for the annual She is Safe Run to the Dark 5k.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dehydrator to start Saturday morning

    With the highest ever pre-register attendance in event history, 428, the 24th annual Dehydrator Bike Ride kicks off Saturday at 7 a.m. at the Simmons Center.

    July 25, 2014

  • Playing partners Just another day on the course

    Following Thursday’s twosome of Duncan freshman Thomas Strong and sixth-grader Ridge Harris, a casual viewer might forget that they were competing in a golf tournament.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cox Duncan’s Cox shines with 3-over 74

    Tuesday night, Duncan High School golfer Graham Cox stayed up late watching “Batman Begins.”

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Morrow Marlow trio looking to take next step at state

    The Marlow boys’ golf team finished fifth in the state tournament last year, but with the team actively trying to improve this summer, the Outlaws have their sights set much higher.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Watson leaves Bray-Doyle before first season starts

    Jeremy Watson has resigned as Bray-Doyle High School boys basketball coach, Athletic Director Frank Moser said Wednesday.

    July 24, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stars align Big names featured at wrestling camp

    Kids were lining up for autographs from Oklahoma assistant wrestling coach Michael Lightner, after Marlow’s wrestling camp Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Poll

Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
Either time is fine.

     View Results