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.
Outlaws shut out Indians
Marlow baseball snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-0 win at home against Comanche Monday.
“We needed to get this win and we got it,” said Marlow coach Jeff Brewer.
Demon golfers focused on regionals
The Duncan boys golfers have two more tournaments left before regionals.
The Demons will head to Ardmore this Monday for a tournament that was postponed from March 3 because of the weather.
Tourney named in memory of T-ball player
The Comanche Youth Council will dedicate its preseason baseball and softball tournament to the memory of a T-ball player who unexpectedly passed away this past weekend.
Tyee Percival, 5, was in his first year of T-ball and played for the Rangers. The youth council has named its preseason tourney the Tyee Percival Memorial Tournament. The council will hang a commemorative banner over the T-ball field at the Comanche Field of Dreams.
Lady Donkeys push towards playoffs
Fighting its roster limitations, Bray-Doyle slowpitch softball has a rare opportunity in front of it.
Coach Frank Moser is optimistic about his chances in district versus Mayesville and No. 5 Roff. While Roff has been one of the best teams in Class 2A — it has a winning record despite almost all of its games coming against ranked competitors — Mayesville has been one of the worst. It picked up its first win against Alex on April 8 by just one run.
Outlaws have chance to host regionals
The Marlow baseball team has had to overcome some adversity in recent weeks, but coach Jeff Brewer is confident the team will get back on track.
The past week started with a road game at Blanchard, ranked seventh in Class 4A, last Tuesday. Then came a tough outing at home against Class 4A Newcastle Thursday and a showdown Friday at Sterling, ranked fourth in Class A.
Tennis teams place second
The Duncan tennis teams did well for themselves in a tough field at the BancFirst Tournament.
The girls played Friday and took second as a team, with Marisa Moore taking second at No. 2 singles and Aubrey Mouser and Jordan Clauson the same placing at No. 2 doubles. Taking third were Alex Bowers at No. 1 singles and Sydney Hendricks and Carly Kirkland at No. 1 doubles.
Bronchos boast top-notch backstops
Central High coach Jeff Jones has had to tinker with his lineup to get the best Bronchos on the field for most of the year, but one position he hasn’t had to worry about is catcher.
That consistency came in the form of two very different players.
First, there’s the unheralded freshman Keeton Sallee. Flirting with a .400 batting average, Sallee is one of the Bronchos’ best offensive weapons. On defense, his quick release and strong arm cause headaches for opponents on the basepath. Just months into his high-school career, he’s performing admirably.
Girls soccer wins big at Eisenhower
The Duncan girls soccer team dominated its match at Lawton Eisenhower Friday, winning 8-0.
“We really moved the ball well,” said Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay. “We did a fantastic job. Everyone got a good amount of playing time.”
‘Dial’-ing up a vaulting tradition
Marlow’s pole vaulters have a good chance to continue the legacy of Joe Dial.
Dial held the world record in the men’s indoor pole vault at one point, clearing 19 feet, 3 3/4 inches in on Feb. 1, 1986. He was a four-time state champion at Marlow from 1978 to 1981, with his best state meet mark coming in 1980 when he cleared 17 feet, 1 inch. He now coaches track at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.
Demons post good times at tough meet
A meet at the University of Oklahoma Friday proved tough for the Duncan track athletes, but the coaches saw plenty of good things.
Duncan’s boys tallied nine top-six placings at a meet that mostly featured Class 6A schools. Kevin Roddy won the shot put (57’1.5”) and discus (178’11”), Mason Bivens won the 3200 (9:53.71) and Walker Clampitt won the 800 (2:00.03).
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