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June 15, 2014

Lady Indians dominate the summer

COMANCHE — Two years ago, Comanche girls basketball won two games in an entire season.

This summer, the Lady Indians are 22-1 with the only loss coming by six points to powerhouse Washington. Coach Sean Hushbeck credited the incredible turnaround to the group of seniors that didn’t accept mediocrity in 2013. Payge Graham, Jacey Morgan, Baylee Morgan, and Hannah Suson depart after leading the team to 11-15 record and a Stephens County Tournament final.

Graham said they laid the groundwork for success by just having fun and that it’s clear the team is doing that now.

“I always said be laid back, have fun and play your game,” Graham said. “I know that the atmosphere for us was just to be relaxed and play your game. I hope they are playing like that.”

While four girls leave, Hushbeck welcomes a strong group of freshman including six-foot four-inch Misty Dossey. After a season in which the Lady Indians did not have a player taller than six feet, junior Baylee Fulford says she’s a welcome addition.

“She’s helped so much,” Fulford said. “We miss it. She gets it and puts it back in there. We’re working the offense and can’t get anything outside, she just holds her hands up, we toss it up to her and she drops it in.”

Hushbeck said Dossey has changed Comanche’s gameplan. She teams up with junior Aimee Watson to present problems for opponents inside the paint.

“Now you have to guard two post players,” Hushbeck said. “When they start to focus on Misty, we’ll also get Aimee the ball inside, and she’s done a really good job of scoring.”

Freshman Jordyn Morris is another young standout. Hushbeck expects she’ll fit in as the team’s starting point guard and junior Brianna Robinson will slide over to shooting guard. A stout defense, along with a strong full-court press, was key for Comanche last year. And this summer, opponents have had problems scoring more than 20 points.

Husheck said that’s a credit to Fulford and Robinson’s speed.

“We’re really small on the perimeter but that’s also a strength because we’re quick,” Hushbeck said. “This summer we have really taken advantage of our quickness on the perimeter and our size with Misty and Aimee on the inside.”

There’s more excitement surrounding Comanche girls basketball this year. Hushbeck didn’t want to take anything away from the senior group that left, but he did say that the girls have been tenacious this summer.

“The girls are playing hard every time we go out,” Hushbeck said. “They’re excited about summer workouts and being in the gym.”

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