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February 5, 2014

Second half struggles doom Comanche upset bid

COMANCHE — With her team trailing No. 5 Plainview 31-23 coming out of halftime, Comanche sophomore Brianna Robinson picked off a pass and coasted in for a wide open layup.

However, as the fans started to cheer, their voices were silenced by the sound of the ball rolling off the rim.

“Unfortunately, when you’re an underdog, you can’t have plays like that, because you’re already fighting to keep your confidence up,” Hushbeck said. “She misses right there and you can feel the air come out of the gym, when that happened.”

Then, Goliath woke up.

Plainview scored 15 straight points, a run that was only mercilessly ended by senior Hannah Suson’s second three-pointer of the night. The run was over, but so was the chance of an Indian upset. Plainview coasted to a 71-34 victory.

“We just kind of locked up offensively,” Hushbeck said. “It’s the same problem we’ve had in almost every one of the games we’ve lost this year. Inconsistency on the offensive end gets us in trouble.”

It was a shocking end for a game that looked to be on its way to a thrilling finish. Plainview might have been leading by eight points, but two key contributors were in foul trouble.

The only thing not going the underdog’s way was the free-throw shooting. Comanche was 7 of 15 from the line before halftime.

“It was probabl y one of our best first halves and one of our worst second halves of the season,” Hushbeck said.

The loss signaled the first time all season that Comanche had lost three straight games. It will try to break that streak when it hosts Kingston on Friday. The Indians will be favored in that matchup as Kingston enters with a 5-11 record.

Senior Payge Graham said the players got a confidence boost from the way the game started, even if it didn’t end how the home team wanted.

“I thought we were going to get just blown out of the water when we first started,” Graham said. “Then we played really well and made our shots. Then the second half came around, and we didn’t have the same energy that we had in the first half.”

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