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While the first two games of the Chisholm Trail Holiday Shootout didn’t go in favor of the Lady Demons, things finally went right on Saturday.
Against the Lady Generals of U.S. Grant, Duncan flexed its muscle on offense and defense, holding U.S. Grant to just seven points in the first half, as DHS claimed seventh place with a 52-30 victory.
“Just ending the tournament with a victory is always good,” Duncan coach Aaron Minor said. “Our goal in each tournament is to win two games. Obviously we didn’t accomplish that, but each day you have to put those losses in the past. We had an opportunity to get a win and we went out and got it.”
Perhaps the most inspiring moment of the game was one that didn’t involve any type of scoring.
In the fourth quarter with the game well in hand, Duncan’s Sarah Ray fell to the floor clutching her injured knee.
Moments later in an act of true sportsmanship, U.S. Grant guard Kali Holmes not only helped Ray to her feet, but helped carry her across the floor back to the Lady Demons bench.
“Sarah has worked hard to get back from that first game,” Minor said. “We’ve tried to put her out there slowly. It’s one of those things that can happen and she understands that. I think she’s showing a lot of heart going out there and attempting to play.
While the Lady Generals tried to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter, getting the game to 44-24, Duncan made sure there wasn’t going to be a another defeat in the cards.
Unlike Friday’s contest against Guthrie, it was the Lady Demons this time rather racing out to the early lead and controlling the tempo of the game.
Duncan led 18-2 at the end of the first quarter, as the Lady Generals struggled to gain a foothold in the contest.
“We haven’t been able to hold many teams to low scoring this season,” Minor said. “It was good to be able to turn those tables. Mainly it’s a matchup thing and we were able to take advantage today of the situation.”
Kortney Brown paced the Lady Demons (2-7) offense with 18 points to go with six rebounds. Jamie Carberry added eight points, while being named to the All-Tournament Team. Delaney Mitchell also scored eight points, with Tania Elix putting in six points.
Kali Holmes led the Lady Generals (0-5) with 17 points on the day.
Duncan will be back at home Thursday night Jan. 3 for a matchup against Ada with tip-off scheduled for 6:30 p.m.