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It was the best statistical first quarter Comanche has had all season and it put away any doubts that it was possible the Indians could lose back-to-back games.
The score was 22-3 after one and, with a dominant second, the Indians found themselves way ahead. They were up 41-7 at halftime, and all that was left to do was dot the “I” on the 68-28 home win.
“It was a defensive effort by us,” senior Jacob Hammond said. “We came out did what we had to do... Coming out and putting them away like we did, it was kind of like a statement game.”
Hammond led the team with 21 points, but plenty of Indians got involved offensively. Nine Comanche players got on the score sheet. It was an all-around team effort that seemed to ignore the fact that Comanche had lost two of its last three games. Coach Nick Price was never worried about his team, but was glad it could get back on track.
“Teams have ups and downs,” Price said. “I felt like we would rebound, come back and play. You never want those bad weeks, but sometimes you need them to help you rebound and see maybe we aren’t where we need to be.”
The Lady Indians are in the reverse situation.
Their 56-38 loss to Dickson on Tuesday was their seventh in a row as the team prepares for its first round matchup in the Class 3A state playoffs against No. 12 Tishomingo on Saturday.
Coach Sean Hushbeck said the problem has been the offense. While the girls were creating open shots, they just couldn’t hit.
“We’re still playing hard and trying to do the right things,” Hushbeck said. “We’ve just haven’t had a night where we have shot the ball well.”
On the bright side, sophomore Baylee Fulford was a menace on the defensive end for Comanche. She came out with a different intensity level than anyone in the gym and it showed.
“I just had this renewed energy,” Fulford said after the loss. “I was like ‘I’m going to get them.’ It was more of a mental thing than a physical thing.”
Down 40-30 in the third quarter, the Lady Indians went on a defensive run. The problem was their offense didn’t follow suit. They could only muster four points despite holding Dickson to zero to close out the quarter.
It was tough blow for a team that Fulford said is having a difficult time getting their minds focused on winning.
“I don’t know what happened, but something switched,” Fulford said. “It’s like we’ve broken down at the most crucial moment.”
The girls have a spot in the second round secured as they have a bye to the district final. Still, they would like to pull the upset at home versus Tishomingo Saturday as it would seemingly open up a path to the area tournament.
If the Comanche girls were to win that game, they would face either Marlow or Riverside Indian School. Both have losing records and that would be for a spot in the area tournament.