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January 1, 2013

The games that kept you on the edge of your seat in 2012

DUNCAN — No matter the place, time or setting Stephens County saw more than its fair share of compelling competition in 2012.

From the Lady Demons’ thrilling regional series against Guthrie to Duncan’s boys basketball team showing its grit in overtime, excitement was at an all-time high.

Here are the top 10 games from 2012 as chosen by the Duncan Banner Sports Staff.

1. Duncan survives  region softball finals

If Game 7 is the most exciting game in the World Series, Game 3 is the equivalent in high school softball.

After winning Game 1, 3-2 on a walk-off home run by Berkley Faulkner, Guthrie struck back tied the series at 1-1 thanks to a 5-4 victory.

Two home runs in Game 3 by the sophomore catcher, combined with a solid pitcher effort from junior Autumn Parker sent the Lady Demons back to Oklahoma City, via a 7-4 win.

2. V-A overcomes fumbles in playoffs

Against a talented Watonga squad in the first round of the football playoffs, Velma-Alma showed what its made of in crunch time.

With 27 seconds left in regulation, senior running back Dallen Mercer punched in his third touchdown of the night, to give his team a 52-48 lead, sending the Comets into the second round.

3. Demons fall in OT in Area tourney

With eight seconds left in regulation, Ryan Cox drained a 3-pointer to tie DHS’ contest against Deer Creek at 78-78. In overtime, however, things went bad as foul trouble caught up to Duncan as Deer Creek took advantage and advanced 92-86.

4. Comets bid for perfection derailed

Perfection was the goal of the Velma-Alma Comets entering the State Basketball tournament in Oklahoma City. Merritt had other ideas as a 3-point basket with nine seconds left dashed V-A’s dreams of a state title and resulted in a 52-50 season-ending loss.

5. MHS baseball runs gauntlet

After dropping the opening game of the regional tournament, the Marlow baseball team pulled off the impossible, en route to a state tournament berth.

Four straight victories over Lindsay, Washington and Sulphur (twice) gave the Outlaws a regional title on their home field.

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