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The Bray-Doyle girls basketball team enters into some tough competition this week.
The difficult stretch starts with a trip to Heldton Tuesday night and wraps up with a homecoming Friday night venture against local rival Waurika. It will be a tough test for coach Frank Moser’s Donkeys, but he likes playing the role of the underdog.
“We have to play like an underdog does,” Moser said. “Underdogs have to scrap, get out there and work, get some things going in a positive direction, getting those 50-50 balls, stuff like that... Give yourself a chance to win.”
The games start a stretch that Moser has talked about being very difficult. He called it the “oil field” conference and said that it is as tough as it gets on the girls side.
“Even some of the teams that in the past haven’t been as goodare tough now,” Moser said. “It’s going to be night in and night out a grind. We’re just going to have to work hard.”
Healdton starts that schedule off with a deep bench and a passion for pressuring the ball. With only nine players on the Donkey roster, Moser knows it is going to be a battle against fatigue.
“They have a big depth advatage,” Moser said. “We’re going to have to play real smart with our fouls, becuase if they get us in foul trouble, that’s a big advantage.”
Bray-Doyle boys basketball is looking to capitalize on the momentum it built up. It knows Healdton is a fast team, which will present problems if the game gets high-scoring.
“If we get a fastbreak, we can’t just take it everytime,” senior Cody Matthews said. “They can beat us down the floor and they have way more depth than we do. So we just need to take the ball down and try and hold it as much as we can.”