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.
Demons hoping for top-four finish
The Duncan baseball team will need to take care of business next week in its final District 2-5A games.
The Demons are 7-5 in district (16-9 overall) after dropping both games of a doubleheader at Carl Albert Monday, 8-1 and 4-1. The Titans (13-1, 26-4) won the district title.
Girls soccer gets it done at Altus
The Duncan girls soccer team battled in a tough environment at Altus to win 1-0 Tuesday.
Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay said it was frustrating at times for the girls because of some questionable calls the officials made. But she was happy the girls pulled together to win.
Meshell shines as Outlaws beat Warriors
The Marlow baseball team got help from Beau Meshell on the mound and at the plate in a 7-4 home victory against Anadarko Tuesday.
Meshell held Anadarko to one earned run off three hits and did not walk a batter. He reached base three times, had one run batted in and scored one run.
Girls golfers take fourth at Deer Creek
The Duncan girls golfers took fourth at a tournament hosted by Deer Creek High School at Coffee Creek Golf Course in Edmond Tuesday.
Lady Demon coach Steve Etheridge said that the girls played as well as they have all year. Although the golfers struggled putting on some fast greens, Etheridge was happy with their overall performance.
Empire softball tries to spark offense
The Lady Bulldogs are trying to find a way to spice up their offense in preparation for the Class 3A slowpitch softball playoffs.
Empire has played a tough schedule, with four of the first seven games coming against ranked opponents. However, coach Tony Roberts thinks the team just needs to have some more timely hitting to get on the winning track.
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.
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