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February 5, 2014

Comet girls take care of business against Eagles

John McKelvey
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VELMA — In a preview of a possible Class A district final, Velma-Alma girls basketball breezed right past visiting Waurika 75-42.

The Comets (15-4) dispelled any notion of an upset, with a strong first half performance led by seniors Ariah Johnson and Teddi Southerland. Riding that momentum, they put the Eagles away to secure the Comets 11th straight win.

“It was a big win,” assistant coach Lacy Darity said. “We executed really well and played very good defense.”

Johnson finished with 32 points and Southerland added 17 to outscored the whole Waurika lineup. The former has been a consistent offensive juggernaut all season, but the latter hasn’t been a huge threat.

“It was good to see her hit her shots and find a rhythm,” Darity said. “It’s been tough for her to get some open shots, because she has that reputation of a knock-down shooter... Hopefully she carry that into the next couple of games and the playoffs.”

Velma-Alma will host the district portion of the playoff and will play the winner of Waurika and Vanoss. While it is likely there will be a rematch, Darity is not comfortable with the team resting on its laurels.

“It’s good to get this win, but we can’t rely on this win if we meet them in district,” Darity said.