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In the preliminary rounds of the first ever Stephens County Tournament Throwback Basketball Tournament Saturday, it was a tale of two teams for the Cyclones in their first and second contests.
Missing three players from their squad, the team was limited to five players and got overwhelmed in its opener, but theaddition of those members would be all the difference in their victory following that game.
Shooting Chicks 60, Cyclones 26
The tournament’s opening game found two teams on opposite sides of the spectrum on the Marlow High School Gymnasium scoreboard.
Fueled by a fast start, the Shooting Chickens had no trouble securing its first win of the tournament, using a scoring barrage in the first half to overwhelm the Cyclones 60-25.
“For us, it was all about the runninng and gunning, getting up and down the court,” Shooting Chickens captain Kevin McCarley said. McCarley became the team’s go to player early and often, finishing with 16 points.
With Elix, Keck and Barton now on the court, it was impossible to identify the Cyclones as the team that struggled on all fronts in its opener.
The Storm did all it could to prevent an early exit from the tournament, but a newly-reloaded Cyclones team would not be denied, as they prevailed in a back and forth 54-51 victory.
“We brought in Josh. That was the talent we brought in,” Mayes said. “Being able to have more than five guys so we could rest. We came together there as a team at the end there, and those three guys were all a huge help. They were a good team that didn’t have any quit.”