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January 30, 2014

Indians have a lot to play for after strong County showing

COMANCHE — The Comanche basketball teams have to put their best tournament of the year behind them when they play at Marietta Friday.

It won’t be easy. The girls (10-7) reached their first Stephens County Tournament final since 2007 and the boys (15-2) won their first title since 1999. Not the typical all-in-a-day’s-work material.

There’s a lot still left to be had, though. The boys are already positioned in a strong spot as the No. 7 team in Class 3A. The girls are trying to maneuver themselves into a good spot for district seeding, which takes place in a couple of weeks. The goal is to win out until that time and, should either Indian team lose to Marietta, it would be considered an upset.

The Marietta girls (4-11) had lost five straight, but a 71-52 victory against Silo Tuesday means they will be coming in hot. Coach Sean Hushbeck not only wants to see his team win, but play well as the team gets into conference play.

“For us, it’s can we play our best basketball at the right time,” Hushbeck said. “We still have some tough tests left.”

Those tough tests are No. 14 Tishomingo and previously ranked Plainview, not Marietta. However, Comanche can’t afford to overlook anybody since the Indians sometimes have difficulty scoring.

“It comes down to execution, and that’s where we have struggled offensively,” Hushbeck said. “The good thing is teams can’t gameplan for us and try to just take one girl away.”

A balanced score sheet has been a calling card for the Indians, who usually rotate who is going to be the leading scorer on a regular basis. While it causes headaches for opponents, it also makes the Indians unsure of who is going to step up in crunch time.

“I never know who is going to score the most points,” sophomore Brianna Robinson said. “We all have our nights when we are having really good games, but we all have nights when we’re not doing very well.”

While the girls have had that all season long, the boys are just starting to develop it. Coach Nick Price wants to keep the bench contributing, because any options he gets from there become a bonus to an already strong starting lineup.

“Every kid is not going to have his best game every night,” Price said. “Anytime you can get someone to step up off the bench and either provide good defense, rebounds, points, whatever it is... that means a lot to the team.”

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