The Duncan Banner

February 7, 2014

Outlaw girls challenge Rush Springs

John McKelvey
The Duncan Banner

MARLOW — On homecoming night, the Lady Outlaws struck fear into the hearts of No. 17 Rush Springs trailing 44-34 entering the fourth quarter Thursday.

Marlow’s (4-13) exceptional shooting kept it competitive against the bigger and more experienced Redskins (16-2). However, the underdogs came up short in their upset bid losing 65-57.

While her Outlaws didn’t get the victory, sophomore Kaytlyn Kizarr put the loss to one of the best teams in Class 2A in perspective.

“I’m upset, but I’m glad we played really well,” Kizarr said. “Rush Springs is good.”

Kizarr led the home team with 16 points and had three of the team’s five three-point shots. She said it felt good to be hitting from outside the arc, where the team has struggled this season.

“I haven’t been shooting the ball lately,” Kizarr said. “Then I shot the first one, and it boosted my confidence up.”

Coach Larry Mowry hopes that surge in confidence continues to grow. He felt the team should have won, but said the Outlaws need to focus their energy into taking what they did well from the loss.

“You’d like to think they’ll get a boost out of it,” Mowry said. “When you’re losing, you’ve got to find the bright spots.”

It was the fifth straigh loss for the Outlaws, who will play three games in the next five days. All three opponents, Pauls Valley, Velma-Alma and Elgin, have winning records.