Make it Rush Springs 4, Stephens County 0.
Despite a solid 23-point effort from Ashlee Kelly, the Bray-Doyle Lady Donkeys fell victim to a Rush Springs team who has made a habit out of winning in Stephens County this season, defeating Velma-Alma (twice), Central High, and now Bray-Doyle.
RHS managed to turn around a 27-22 halftime deficit and walk out of Donkey Gymnasium 61-57 winners.
“The key the whole game was not turning the ball over and handling the pressure,” B-D coach Frank Moser said. “I thought at times we did a pretty good job of that. But, in the fourth quarter we physically and mentally wore down. I wasn’t able to sub a whole lot and we made some mental mistakes near the end that were probably due to fatigue.”
With 45 seconds left in regulation, the Lady Redskins held a 58-57 lead, with the Lady Donkeys bringing the ball down with a chance to take the lead.
Unfortunately, the stingy defense from Rush Springs was one step ahead as a turnover was forced and the game was iced at the free throw line courtesy of Jacy Cullers.
It was an anti-climatic end to a game which saw the Lady Donkeys in control throughout most of the contest, and much of the fourth quarter as well.
B-D’s biggest lead of the night was five points, which came at the end of the first (16-11) and second quarters as the Lady Donkeys (3-7) held a 27-22 lead going into halftime.
But, down the stretch the crucial element was free throws.
Rush Springs (8-1) finished the evening 17-of-27 from the line making three of four with less than 30 seconds left in regulation, while B-D was 12-of-20.
“That’s part of the problem with trying to stop Rush Springs, they don’t have a weak player,” Moser said. “You could say number 21 (Jacy Cullers) and 23 (Kaylin Rennaker) are pretty good. When you start paying attention to them, someone else will make you pay.”
Erica Hatfield put in a solid scoring performance with 17 on the night, with Morgan Kovar and Taylor Nichols each scoring eight points on the night.
The Lady Redskins were led by Cullers who scored a team-high 23 points, with Kaylin Rennaker putting in 20 points.
Velma-Alma will provide the first obstacle for the Lady Donkeys in 2013, as the Lady Comets will travel to Donkey Gymnasium on Jan. 4 with tip-off slated for 4:30 p.m.
Make it Rush Springs 4, Stephens County 0.
Outlaws shut out Indians
Marlow baseball snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-0 win at home against Comanche Monday.
“We needed to get this win and we got it,” said Marlow coach Jeff Brewer.
Demon golfers focused on regionals
The Duncan boys golfers have two more tournaments left before regionals.
The Demons will head to Ardmore this Monday for a tournament that was postponed from March 3 because of the weather.
Tourney named in memory of T-ball player
The Comanche Youth Council will dedicate its preseason baseball and softball tournament to the memory of a T-ball player who unexpectedly passed away this past weekend.
Tyee Percival, 5, was in his first year of T-ball and played for the Rangers. The youth council has named its preseason tourney the Tyee Percival Memorial Tournament. The council will hang a commemorative banner over the T-ball field at the Comanche Field of Dreams.
Lady Donkeys push towards playoffs
Fighting its roster limitations, Bray-Doyle slowpitch softball has a rare opportunity in front of it.
Coach Frank Moser is optimistic about his chances in district versus Mayesville and No. 5 Roff. While Roff has been one of the best teams in Class 2A — it has a winning record despite almost all of its games coming against ranked competitors — Mayesville has been one of the worst. It picked up its first win against Alex on April 8 by just one run.
Outlaws have chance to host regionals
The Marlow baseball team has had to overcome some adversity in recent weeks, but coach Jeff Brewer is confident the team will get back on track.
The past week started with a road game at Blanchard, ranked seventh in Class 4A, last Tuesday. Then came a tough outing at home against Class 4A Newcastle Thursday and a showdown Friday at Sterling, ranked fourth in Class A.
Tennis teams place second
The Duncan tennis teams did well for themselves in a tough field at the BancFirst Tournament.
The girls played Friday and took second as a team, with Marisa Moore taking second at No. 2 singles and Aubrey Mouser and Jordan Clauson the same placing at No. 2 doubles. Taking third were Alex Bowers at No. 1 singles and Sydney Hendricks and Carly Kirkland at No. 1 doubles.
Bronchos boast top-notch backstops
Central High coach Jeff Jones has had to tinker with his lineup to get the best Bronchos on the field for most of the year, but one position he hasn’t had to worry about is catcher.
That consistency came in the form of two very different players.
First, there’s the unheralded freshman Keeton Sallee. Flirting with a .400 batting average, Sallee is one of the Bronchos’ best offensive weapons. On defense, his quick release and strong arm cause headaches for opponents on the basepath. Just months into his high-school career, he’s performing admirably.
Girls soccer wins big at Eisenhower
The Duncan girls soccer team dominated its match at Lawton Eisenhower Friday, winning 8-0.
“We really moved the ball well,” said Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay. “We did a fantastic job. Everyone got a good amount of playing time.”
‘Dial’-ing up a vaulting tradition
Marlow’s pole vaulters have a good chance to continue the legacy of Joe Dial.
Dial held the world record in the men’s indoor pole vault at one point, clearing 19 feet, 3 3/4 inches in on Feb. 1, 1986. He was a four-time state champion at Marlow from 1978 to 1981, with his best state meet mark coming in 1980 when he cleared 17 feet, 1 inch. He now coaches track at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.
Demons post good times at tough meet
A meet at the University of Oklahoma Friday proved tough for the Duncan track athletes, but the coaches saw plenty of good things.
Duncan’s boys tallied nine top-six placings at a meet that mostly featured Class 6A schools. Kevin Roddy won the shot put (57’1.5”) and discus (178’11”), Mason Bivens won the 3200 (9:53.71) and Walker Clampitt won the 800 (2:00.03).
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