This was a lesson the No. 4 Velma-Alma Comets were more than happy to teach to the Paoli Pugs Saturday night at J. M. Carey Fieldhouse.
A 32-4 run to end the first quarter was more than enough momentum for the Comets as they cruised to the district championship with a 94-30 victory.
“I’m just so glad we came out and played with intensity,” V-A coach Kenny Bare said. “When you play a team that you know you’re better than, you can’t let them have life early. I think we established off the bat we were going to get in our running game. It was too much for them (Paoli) too handle.”
There wasn’t much excitement in the scoreline, as the Comets made sure any doubts about their play were laid to rest.
However, the V-A players were more than happy to electrify the Comet faithful throughout the contest with dunks and fluid passing attacks.
By the time PHS reached double digits, V-A was up 36-10 at the 6:35 mark of the second quarter.
Going into the halftime break, it was epidemic the Comets were in control as they led the Pugs 62-15.
With three quarters complete, V-A led 78-20.
“Very unselfish play from the Comets tonight is what we showed,” Bare said. “For our eight seniors this was for sure their last game they’ll play on this court. We’ve still got a little ways to go with them this year, and we’ll miss them for sure. This was just overall a good night for us.”
Jaz Gayanich registered a double-double on the evening with 21 points and 12 rebounds, with Zac Cable adding 16 points in the game. Dallen Mercer put in 12 points, with Jake McGuire scoring 10 points.
Checotah Lynn tossed eight points for the Comets (21-3), with Conner Sullivan and Kelton Brown each putting in six points.
Ty Dulworth and Tyler Nalley rounded out the scoring each with four points.
Paoli (3-16) was led by Aaron Webster with 12 points followed by Andrew Duncan with seven points.
Dustin Duncan added six points on the night.
V-A now advances to face the winner of the District 3 tournament, which is favored to be No. 20 Agra (20-4).
These two ranked teams will face off Thursday night Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. from Macomb High School.
Demon golfers compete at Lincoln Park
The Duncan boys golfers competed at a tournament at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City Thursday.
Individual scores were Blake Graham with 76 and 79, Logan Harris with 76 and 75, Tyler Albin with 77 and 78, Christian Dructor with 78 and 86, and Carson Hogstad with 80 and 83.
Track teams head to Norman
The Duncan track athletes travel to Norman today for a meet at the University of Oklahoma.
Duncan boys coach Todd Ledford said that the Demons will be one of just three Class 5A teams attending. The rest of the teams are 6A.
Demon baseball beats Plainview in extra innings
The Duncan baseball team had to go extra innings and then hold off a late rally to win at Plainview 3-2 Thursday.
The game was tied 1-1 after seven innings. The Demons broke the tie with two runs in the top of the eighth, but Plainview battled back to make it 3-2 in its half of the inning.
More home tourney action awaits Demons
Another weekend of home matches await the Duncan tennis teams.
The BancFirst Tournament will be at the Duncan High School tennis courts, with the girls playing Friday and the boys Saturday. The tourneys come one week after Duncan hosted the Southern Oklahoma Invitational.
Bulldog pitching staff builds confidence
Heading towards the postseason, Empire is closing in on the possibility of winning record thanks in large part to its improvements on defense.
The Bulldogs (10-11) have cut down the errors from 10 or more a game to two or three a game. Coach Stefan Hunt said that’s led to the pitchers seeing some better results on the mound. Though, the pitchers have improved their game as well.
Demons in close district race
The Duncan baseball team is in a close race to finish in the top four in District 2-5A and earn a trip to regionals.
Duncan is 7-3 in district and in third place. First-place Carl Albert has lost just one district game. The Titans split with second-place Chickasha, which also split with Duncan.
Gayanich to play for Panhandle State
Velma-Alma senior Jaz Gayanich signed Wednesday to play basketball for Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell.
Gayanich said Panhandle coach Jerry Olsen was upfront about his program and ideas, compared to other coaches Gayanich visited. Gayanich already knows what role he’s expected to play.
Those who knew John Humphrey respected him
Duncan resident Rod Battles got to know John Humphrey pretty well.
Battles first played Duncan High School baseball for Humphrey in 1965. He later returned to DHS, when Humphrey hired him as an assistant, and later head baseball coach. After both men retired, they became fishing buddies. Humphrey joined Battles and others for annual trips to Lake Texhoma.
Comets stay calm under pressure
Lately, Velma-Alma baseball has made a habit of having some exciting finishes.
In its home tournament, the Jake Leffler Wooden Bat Tournament, last weekend, it won four of five games. All of those victories came by less than five runs and two of them were by only one run.
Course challenges Lady Demons
The Duncan girls golf team took sixth at the longest course it has played this year.
KickingBird Golf Course is 5,300 yards. Add the windy conditions at the tournament hosted by Edmond Santa Fe and it made for a challenging day.
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