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After finishing out the Black Diamond Tournament with back-to-back losses, the Central High Lady Bronchos got just what they were looking for Tuesday night as they avoided what would have been their first losing streak of the season.
Faith Harris racked up 16 points and 16 rebounds, and the Lady Bronchos rolled to a road victory over Verden, 40-18.
“We shot the ball well,” Central High coach Chad Weldon said. “And we played good defense, holding them to 18.”
Lacie Phillips added to the Lady Bronchos’ attack as she tallied eight points, while Lora-Lynn Loomis finished with six points and four rebounds. Aleia Daniels had four points and 11 rebounds, while Chelsea Nunley and Charity Harris had three points apiece.
Central High (10-4) led 5-3 after the first quarter, 20-7 by halftime and 33-11 going into the fourth quarter.
LITTLE AXE 36
Coming off a run to the finals of the Lone Grove Invitational, the Lady Outlaws kept things rolling Tuesday as they cruised past Little Axe.
Marlow (8-6), which has won five of six, led 14-7 by the end of the first quarter, 23-14 by halftime and slammed the door in the third quarter as they pushed the margin to 41-22.
“We did pretty good. We were up about 26 or so in the fourth quarter and then they started pressing us and were able to come back a little,” Marlow coach Kirk Harris said. “We were a little sluggish at the start but we played well in the third quarter and were able to put it away.”
Senior Ashley O’Dell paced the Lady Outlaws with 22 points, while sophomore Troy Nations had 12 and Avery Walker and Diamond Morris each scored six. Senior Madison Walker added four points, senior Anne Davenport had three, sophomore Shayna Throckmorton added two and Emalee Williams chipped in with one point.
HEALDTON 61, BRAY-DOYLE 35
It seems right now the Bray-Doyle Lady Donkeys just can’t catch a break.
After struggling to two tough losses last week at the Black Diamond Tournament, things got worse for B-D on Tuesday night at Healdton.
A total of 25 missed free throws was just one of the problems hindering the Lady Donkeys as the Lady Bulldogs claimed a 61-35 victory.
“We played poor tonight and couldn’t hit anything,” B-D coach Frank Moser said. “If we would have hit at least half of our free throws then maybe it’s a different game. They (Healdton) pressed us and I thought we handled it really well. But in the half court we just forced the ball too much.”
Three straight quarters of single digit scoring also hurt on the evening as the Lady Bulldogs held a 45-16 lead going into the half.
Heading into the fourth, the Lady Bulldogs were in front 58-20.
B-D (3-11) finally managed to put together 15 points in the fourth quarter, but by then HHS was well on its way to victory.
Leading the scoring on the night for the Lady Donkeys was Ashlee Kelly with 11 points, followed by Taylor Nichols with nine points. Morgan Kovar put in seven points, while Erica Hatfield scored five points.
LONE GROVE 61 COMANCHE 40
Tuesday night saw some new faces appear for the Comanche Lady Indians as Freshmen Brianna Robinson and Baylee Fulford made their varsity debuts.
Unfortunately, the Lady Longhorns from Lone Grove were none too interested as they claimed a 61-40 victory.
“We played hard and that’s one thing we can do right now,” Comanche coach Sean Hushbeck said. “There were too many turnovers for us which turned into points for them (Lone Grove). Scoring 15 points in the second quarter though was big for us and I was proud to see them respond like that.”
CHS found itself down 28-19 at halftime, after being down 13-4 at the end of the first quarter.
LGHS pulled away in the second half though, outscoring the Lady Indians 33-21.
Robinson led the Lady Indians (2-11) with 11 points on the night, followed by Payge Graham with nine points. Fulford added six in the contest, while Hannah Suson and Emily White each scored two points.
MARLOW 70, LITTLE AXE 50
Coming off a consolation title in the Lone Grove Tournament, the Outlaws picked up their third straight win as they rolled on the road.
Marlow (9-5) built a 16-12 lead in the first quarter and then began to pull away, stretching it to 37-24 by halftime and 53-34 by the end of the third quarter.
“It was a little sloppy starting out. It took the second half, but we went on a little run and were able to break away from them,” Marlow coach John Garrett said. “They dictated the pace I thought, but our kids did a real good job to stay at it and pull away in the second half.”
Sophomore Zac Beasler led Marlow with 23 points, while sophomore Kris McCarley added 11 and senior Jackson Huddleston finished with nine points. Junior Kirby Neufeld and sophomore Nathan Crowson each had eight points, junior Wes Coast scored five, freshman Braeden O’Dell had four and junior Justin Brown added two points.
COMANCHE 53 LONE GROVE 49
After a rough weekend at the Lone Grove Tournament, the Indians came out in a foul mood Tuesday night.
In the process though, they got a measure of revenge on the Lone Grove Longhorns, winning 53-49.
“We really talked about defense before tonight’s game,” Comanche coach Nick Price said. “Tonight we held them to 49 points which is a lot better than the 79 they scored on us over the weekend. Our guys did a good job of turning things around defensively.”
CHS held a 12-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, before going down 23-21 at halftime.
Lone Grove could only manage 26 points in the second half as the Indians (6-8) put in a total of 32 to claim victory.
Garrett Morrow led the scoring with 14 points followed by Zach Young with 11. Braden Ledford, Mason Taylor and Dalton Wood all added seven points on the night.
VERDEN 65, CENTRAL 57
After going 7-2 in 2012, things have been a bit more difficult for the Bronchos in the new year.
Central High had a 31-28 lead at halftime Tuesday night but could hold in the the second half as Verden got hot and handed the Bronchos their third straight loss.
“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Verden, they didn’t miss a lot of shots,” Central High coach John Nease said. “It was real back-and-forth in the second half and then they went on a 6-0 run and it field like the whole time we were just fighting to come back after that. Eventually we had to start fouling and they hit their free throws.”
Senior Dallen Ferrin led the Bronchos (8-5) with 26 points, while junior Kevin Harris added 11, junior Zarek Hickman had seven, junior John Repp scored four and senior Matthew Quisenberry added three points.