Sound the alarm Stephens County, there’s been an upset.
And the culprits are none other then a team of Outlaws, Marlow Outlaws that is.
Thursday night saw head coach John Garrett and his squad book their place in Saturday night’s Stephens County boys championship game with a tough, yet ultimately victorious effort over the No. 5 Velma-Alma Comets with a 50-42 victory.
With the win, the Outlaws not only gained a measure of revenge from a 59-43 defeat to the Comets on Dec. 15, but guaranteed that they will be playing in their first final since 2004.
“Super excited,” Garrett said about his feelings about the victory. “This was a huge win for us. One of our goals was to make the championship and win a tournament. We’re just one step closer to that goal now. We were a little timid in the first half, but came out much better in the second. Those Velma-Alma guys though are deadly, and made things difficult for us.”
Fans on the Marlow side of a packed Outlaw Gymnasium were forced to sweat out the result as MHS didn’t take the lead for good until the 1:53 mark of the fourth quarter at 44-42.
V-A never quite found the groove which had kept them in the contest from that moment on, as the Comets suffered only their third defeat of the season.
It was a far cry from the first half of the game which saw the Comets race out to an 8-0 lead at the 6:21 mark of the first quarter.
Though by the end of the quarter, the Outlaws were well within striking distance at 10-8, before facing a 22-13 deficit going into the halftime break.
Marlow took it’s first lead of the game at 32-31 with 1:35 remaining in the third quarter.
Although when the fourth quarter began, it looked like the Comets were going to take control as a Zac Cable three-point shot gave V-A a lead at 34-32 with 7:36 left in regulation.
“We’ve played much better in the past,” V-A coach Kenny Bare said. “I thought the Marlow kids came out and wanted it more. Hats off to them, they had a good game plan and executed it. They whooped us.”
Zak Key led the scoring for the Outlaws (11-6) on the night with 11 points, followed by Zac Beasler with 10 points. Jackson Huddleston put in nine points, while Wes Coast and Kirby Neufeld each put in eight points, while Nathan Crowson put in three points.
Jaz Gayanich paced the Comets (15-3) with 16 points and seven rebounds, with Dallen Mercer and Zac Cable each scoring 11 points. Checotah Lynn added three points.
Marlow will play the winner of the Frederick/Central High matchup in the championship game on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. while the Comets will play the loser of the game contest in the third place game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday
Sound the alarm Stephens County, there’s been an upset.
Richardson’s gem leads Outlaws
No. 3 Marlow baseball senior Kelby Richardson came close to perfection for four innings in 9-0 win Monday over rival Comanche.
Comets rally late to beat Bulldogs
Velma-Alma had a shaky start to its home baseball game against Empire Monday, but overcame a 4-0 deficit to win 6-5.
Central High drops close loss to Ringling
In a pitcher’s duel, No. 12 Central High lost its first game of the season 2-1 to visiting Ringling Monday.
Demon boys golf depth evident
The Duncan boys golf team’s depth was evident at a tournament in Lawton Monday, in which the Demons formed two squads and each took a top-four finish.
Bronchos deliver big victory
No. 12 Central High kicked off its season in dominant fashion, winning 12-3 versus Elmore City-Pernell Friday.
The game was originally supposed to at Elmore City, but their fields were still damaged from the rainfall earlier this week. So the Bronchos hosted the matchup, but Central High coach Jeff Jones still allowed his opponents to be the home team.
Comanche opens with rivalry game
First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.
The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.
Demon track athletes tested right away
The Duncan boys track team placed seventh out of 20 teams at a meet in Norman Friday.
Those teams included last year’s Class 6A state champion Broken Arrow and runner-up Edmond Memorial, the top five teams at last year’s Class 5A state meet and defending 4A state champion Plainview.
Boys tennis ties for third at Ada
The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Demons keep it close against Southmoore
The Duncan boys soccer team challenged a tough Class 6A Southmoore squad on the road, losing 3-0.
Duncan kept it scoreless for much of the first half, but gave up two late goals. Demon coach Marcus Williams said the team had a couple of mental breakdowns but played well overall.
10 players named Oilfield all stars
There will be 10 players representing Stephens County schools Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma in the boys and girls Oilfield Conference All-Star games Monday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare will coach the girls game, which will include his own players Samantha Moore, Kaylie Keenan, Teddi Southerland, Ariah Johnson and Bita Humphreys. The players were selected by the eight conference coaches.
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