The Duncan Banner

February 9, 2013

Lady Demons fall in home finale

Greg Crews
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — As many residents, and the Altus girls’ basketball team, Friday was garbage day.

The Lady Bulldogs dominated the board at Duncan High School, scoring 12 points on putbacks (often called garbage points), and beating the Lady Demons 49-39.

“Rebounding has been a struggle for us. We’re pretty good when we do a good job of rebounding,” Duncan coach Aaron Minor said. “Looking at tonight, they had 19 offensive rebounds and 13 points off of those. That’s the difference in the game right there. If we can rebound the ball, we probably win the game.”

Even without the rebounds, the Lady Demons managed to make it interesting.

After trailing by as many as 15 point in the fourth quarter, Duncan rallied behind senior Jamie Carberry, who knocked down six-of-six free throws and a 3-pointer in a span of less than three minutes to cut the margin to 44-36 with 3:26 remaining. The Lady Bulldogs, though, halted the comeback and knocked down free throws to seal the victory.

“I felt like we played pretty good,” Minor said. “We were getting the shots we wanted out of our offense, we just couldn’t get them to fall.”

On her 18th birthday, Carberry led Duncan (4-17) with 26 points and 11 rebounds.

While the Lady Demons did a better job with ball control — committing 11 turnovers to Altus’ 15 — they couldn’t keep up with the big and physical Lady Bulldogs inside the paint, losing the rebounding battle, 41-20.

The Lady Demons have lost four straight after winning back-to-back at the Little Axe Tournament. They have just two more games to prepare for the playoffs.

“We’re going to keep working on what we have been, and that’s our shooting,” Minor said. “I’m just hoping that if we keep working on it, one of these games it’s all just going to come together and they are going to start falling.”