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February 18, 2014

Tuesday a chance for Indians to regroup

COMANCHE — After winning 10 straight games, No. 7 Comanche boys basketball has lost two out of its last three, with the most recent loss coming to Tishomingo Friday night.

In the preview of the Class 3A District 5 final, Tishomingo (7-12) made 12 three-pointers in a 56-52 victory. With just one game left, Tuesday’s homecoming night versus Dickson, before having to face Tishomingo again in the playoffs, coach Nick Price wants to see the Indians get back on track.

“The biggest things for us — it doesn’t have anything to do with homecoming — we need to get things going in the right direction heading into Saturday,” Price said.

Comanche has shown it has the ability to do that. After a 46-42 loss to Davis (5-12) on Feb. 11, Comanche rebounded in a 54-50 win against No. 18 Kingston on Thursday. Then came the Tishomingo loss to drive home the notion of inconsistency, which a team can’t have in the state playoffs, if it wants to succeed.

In order to make the state tournament, the Indians will have to go at least 5-1 from Feb. 22 to Mar. 8. Still, they haven’t lost back-to-back games all season.

In order to keep that from happening Tuesday night, Price thinks there has to be changes made on the defensive end.

“We need to do a better job of having defensive intensity on every single trip,” Price said. “We just had a bad week last week. We’ve got to get through that, and get ourselves going this week.”

The Lady Indians have been caught in the same kind of tailspin, but Friday night’s 48-40 loss to No.12 Tishomingo gave coach Sean Hushbeck some hope.

In the midst of a six-game losing streak, he was worried about the intensity coming out of halftime against Tishomingo down 13. The girls rallied to push the game down to the wire, with a controvesial out of bounds call helping the home team pull out the victory.

“That gives us some hope going into that district matchup,” Hushbeck said. “You worry at the end of the season and you’re not playing real well, is how do you get it turned around. It lit a spark under us... You could really tell it meant something to the girls to come back and make a game out of it.”

A big part of the comeback was the outside shooting. Senior Hannah Suson hit three three-point shots. Hushbeck thinks the team’s improvement in that area could be key in toppling some higher ranked teams come state tournament time.

“That makes it a lot easier for us to score, when there’s not just five girls on defense packing in the lane,” Hushbeck said.

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