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December 5, 2012

Number one with a bullet

Comet Classic tournament begins today in Velma

Evan Grice
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Just a few games into the 2012-13 high school basketball season, many questions are still left unanswered about many area teams.

But, some of those questions could have some answers by the end of this weekend.

Today starts the newest installment of the Velma-Alma Bullet Energy Comet Classic with Comanche’s boys, girls and junior varsity boys teams joining the host Comets and Lady Comets as the Stephens County teams participating.

Speaking of the Lady Comets and Lady Indians, they will square off with one another in the first round at 6:30 p.m. just two days after seeing each other at Tommy D. Weast Gymnasium in Comanche.

V-A came away with a 38-19 victory on Tuesday night.

“With us playing back-to-back, I don’t know if it’s much of a blessing,” V-A coach Jerry Garrett said. “We need to come out with the same intensity defensively, and clean up our turnovers. Offensively we need to keep attacking the rim as well.”

Last season, the Lady Comets managed to rebound from a first round defeat to Carnegie to win the Consolation Championship.

Meanwhile, the Lady Indians battled their way to the championship game before falling to Amber-Pocasset in last year’s Comet Classic.

“We have to find little goals and accomplishments to try and grow,” Comanche coach Sean Hushbeck said. “I just want these girls to come out and fight. Now we’re going to see how much they are willing to fight for a victory because that’s what it’s going to take. If we were able to get a couple of wins or just one win it would be huge for our confidence.”

Other teams in the girls bracket include Class 2A’s No. 15 ranked team and defending tournament champion Amber-Pocasset (4-2), along with Lexington (0-1), Healdton (1-0), Carnegie (0-1) and Rush Springs (2-0).

The winner of the Lady Indians/Lady Comets game will face Amber-Pocasset in the second round Friday night at 6:30 p.m. while the loser will advance to Saturday’s consolation championship game at 12:30 p.m.

As for the Comets, they will be looking to defend the title they won last season over Amber-Pocasset.

First up for V-A (2-0) will be Healdton (0-1) tonight at 8 p.m. with the winner facing either Carnegie (1-1) or Comanche (0-2), who meet at 5 p.m. this evening.

Comanche’s junior varsity boys team will play Lexington at 11 a.m. today.

“There’s going to be plenty of competitive teams playing this weekend,” V-A coach Kenny Bare said. “We enjoy getting to play in our own tournament and we want to defend our title. I personally enjoy getting to watch good basketball and that’s what we’re going to see this weekend. Our big thing is we want to get better every game and not peak too early.”

Rush Springs (0-2), Amber-Pocasset (5-1), Lexington (1-0) are the other participating teams.