The Duncan Banner

January 9, 2014

Comanche boys get win at Madill

Girls come up short

John McKelvey
The Duncan Banner

COMANCHE — In what seems to have become a reccurring theme, Comanche boys basketball used a dominant second half Tuesday to secure a road victory over an opponent.

The victim on Tuesday, Madill, couldn’t hang with the Indians (7-1), who took a while to shake off the rust from the two-hour long bus trip in the 68-54 victory. Coach Nick Price’s team outscored the Wildcats (4-2) 36-20 in the second half to capture what Price called a solid win. Still, he wishes the players wouldn’t always need late heroics to win games.

“For a few weeks now, we’ve been trying to figure out what it is that could help us get off to a better start,” Price said. “I don’t know what the issue is right now, but we’re happy being 7-1.”

Price added that he tried to change the defensive scheme in the beginning against Madill, but had no luck. 34 points was the most the Indians had let up before the break all season.

Fortunately for Price, the team had little problems offensively. Three players, senior Jacob Hammond and sophomores Braden Ledford and Mason Taylor, scored more than 15 points. Hammond led the group with 19, sinking nine of 12 shots. It was an efficient night for the six-foot 10-inch center, who was going against two good post players.

“He took good shots last night,” Price said. “He also had four assists. So he did a good job of finding the open guy whenever they did double team him.”

The girls game didn’t go over as smoothly. Indian coach Sean Hushbeck was disappointed the team lost 49-43, but knows the players will put it in perspective. With a 20-loss season last year, the 5-3 record so far isn’t dragging down the spirits of the players.

“It’s one game, and we have a lot more winnable games coming up,” Hushbeck said. “(Wednesday), in practice, their mentality seems to be fine.”

The coach mentioned that he didn’t think the team was mentally ready after traveling for so long. The players will use that as a learning experience as it has to travel to the Lone Grove tournament on Thursday.

Hushbeck didn’t have to go into much detail about the importance of the team’s mental preparation as the opponent is rival Marlow at 10 a.m. The Indians lost the previous matchup 44-37 on Dec. 3.