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DUNCAN — There were plenty of new faces and lasting memories during the 2012-13 high school basketball season, all of which gave Stephens County something to cheer about.
One thing is for certain, if you ever got to watch the Central High Bronchos in action this season, you definitely got your money’s worth.
With senior Dallin Ferrin and junior Kevin Harris providing a solid one-two punch on offense, the Bronchos gave crowds everywhere plenty of oohs and aahs to cheer about.
Along with solid role players such as seniors Connor Albiston and Matthew Quisenberry, juniors John Repp and Zarek Hickman, the Bronchos achieved their greatest success at the Stephens County Tournament, winning the title for the first time since 2003, defeating Marlow in the finals.
Even though the playoffs ended suddenly for Central High, head coach John Nease and his squad put together a 13-10 overall record, and will return multiple players for next season, in which the new Broncho Gymnasium will be introduced.
Meanwhile for the Lady Bronchos, many questions were raised before the season on how the squad would cope with the graduation of Austyn Taylor and Nikole Repp.
The answer came in the form of seniors Lora-Lynn Loomis, Caitlyn White, Aleia Daniels and Lacie Phillips, along with the emergence of sophomore post Faith Harris.
With a talented group of players, the Lady Bronchos reached the third place game of the Black Diamond Tournament, as well as the finals of the Stephens County tournament for the first time since 1999.
After winning the district title over Empire, the Lady Bronchos playoff run was derailed due to losses against No. 2 Dale, and Hinton in the regional round of the playoffs.
CHHS finished with an overall record of 17-8.
Head coach Jason Allensworth and his Empire Lady Bulldogs sure made a splash to begin the season, hanging 84 points on Geronimo at home.
But, the rest of the season didn’t prove to be quite as fruitful as the Lady Bulldogs struggled in tournament play, with EHS winning only two games at one tournament (Wilson) while going 1-2 and 0-2 in their other appearances (Alex and Stephens County).
Seniors Alyssa George, Ashlie Atkinson, along with juniors Melaina Yearby and Kaelyn Allensworth helped give Empire a solid finish to the season, which saw the Lady Bulldogs reach the regional round of the playoffs.
EHS will have plenty of talent returning with freshman Sherre Dewey and junior Jessica Carney coming back next season.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs struggled during the season as injuries and tough losses haunted EHS all year.
As a result, Empire struggled to a 4-18 record to finish the season.
Braden Hill and Evan Whitt will be among the players returning for the Bulldogs next season.
VELMA-ALMA LADY COMETS
Last, but certainly not least this season was the amazing performance put on by the Velma-Alma Lady Comets, which saw them face tragedy before the season even began.
However, with sadness came a united team as the Lady Comets dedicated the 2012-13 season to the memory of Braylee Henry, compiling a resume that will forever be remembered.
After finishing fourth in the Bullet Energy Comet Classic, V-A claimed third place in the Black Diamond and Stephens County Tournaments, before sweeping through districts, and being named regional runners-up.
Then, V-A won two games at the area tournament, falling just one game short of state.
V-A finished with an overall record of 21-8, with seniors Teddi Southerland, Kylee Saville, and Shalyn Files along with juniors Jordan Layn, Samantha Moore and Bita Humphreys all contributing.
There was also the debut for junior Ariah Johnson, who stole the show in her first game at the Black Diamond Tournament.
Needless to say, the 2012-13 season set the bar very high for next season.