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April 6, 2014

Mowry out after his first year at Marlow

MARLOW — Marlow superintedent George Coffman confirmed Friday night that the high school will not renew girls basketball coach Larry Mowry’s contract for next season.

Mowry led the Lady Outlaws to a 5-18 record in his first year at the school this season. They made it to the second round of the consolation regional bracket but lost 60-30 to Jones on its home floor. Coffman said the hire just didn’t fit.

Mowry took over for long-time girls head coach Kirk Harris. While the first-year head coach thought he made progress with the team throughout the year, Mowry said it was impossible to manufacture much success with a team that had no seniors and very little height.

“It’s a very rare situation that you walk in and you’re winning 20 games, unless you have a group that’s been playing together for four or five years and just know what they’re doing,” Mowry said.

That was not the case at Marlow, where 11 of its 16 players were underclassmen. Still, Mowry was proud of the way the girls played down the stretch facing a difficult conference schedule. In their last eight games of the season, seven of their opponents were either ranked or in a higher class.

“I don’t measure success on wins and losses,” Mowry said. “I measure success on are you better at the end of the season than you were at the beginning invidually and as a team. I felt like we made progress in those areas.”

Mowry named sophomores Morgan Smith and Connor Clements as two of the players who improved. Junior Diamond Morris and sophomore Kaytlyn Kizarr were another two players who Mowry thought got better.

While the coach doesn’t know where he will end up next year, he says he wants to continue being a basketball coach as that’s what he loves to do.

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