Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good.
Despite shooting 13-for-33 from the free throw line, and trailing for the majority of the first half, Central High’s Lady Bronchos were able to come away with a 41-34 victory over the Bray-Doyle Lady Donkeys Tuesday night, spoiling the home debut of new B-D head coach Frank Moser.
The win also gave the Lady Bronchos their fourth straight victory over the Lady Donkeys, dating back to last season.
“We just weren’t patient,” Central High coach Chad Weldon said about his team’s first half. “One shot offense is what we were running. But our seniors settled down and helped bring us back to win. I know we missed 20 free throws and that’s something we need to work on. We’re going to take it one game at a time, it’s nice being 2-0 but we have a lot of work to do.”
B-D had every reason to be confident coming out for the second half.
With a seven point lead, and the Lady Bronchos struggling from the field, it looked like the Lady Donkeys might finally get one over CHHS.
However, the ladies in blue and gold had other ideas.
After tying the game at 21-21 with just over 5 minutes left in the third, CHHS took its first lead of the second half at the 1:35 mark at 26-25.
From that moment on, B-D struggled to find the rhythm which had helped build an 11-point lead with just under three minutes left in the second quarter.
“I thought foul trouble and cold shooting were the things that hindered us the most tonight,” Moser said. “We had to make adjustments and it’s hard to stay consistent when you have to do that. Against their man defense we were having good shots, but when they went to a zone, our outside shooting struggled.”
Both teams had trouble shooting from behind the arc on the evening, as the Lady Bronchos (2-0) went 1-for-9 while the Lady Donkeys were 2-for-10.
Bray-Doyle had the better of the fortunes at the free throw line, where it went 8-for-15, including 8-for-12 in the first half.
Lady Broncho senior Lora-Lynn Loomis led all scorers with 20 points on the evening, with fellow seniors Caitlyn White, and Lacie Phillips each scoring six points. Sophomore Faith Harris scored five, with Aleia Daniels putting in four.
“Caitlyn really pumped us up at half-time,” Loomis said. “We didn’t want to lose to them (B-D) and we made sure we didn’t. I knew before this season started I was going to have to step up because of the players we lost. It feels great being 2-0 before Thanksgiving and I hope we keep it up.”
Bray-Doyle (0-1) was paced by junior Ashlee Kelly with 17 points followed by Morgan Kovar with seven points.
B-D will be back in action Monday night Nov. 26 against Empire on the road, while the Lady Bronchos will return to Broncho Gymnasium Tuesday night Nov. 27 for a meeting against Sterling.
Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good.
Bronchos deliver big victory
No. 12 Central High kicked off its season in dominant fashion, winning 12-3 versus Elmore City-Pernell Friday.
The game was originally supposed to at Elmore City, but their fields were still damaged from the rainfall earlier this week. So the Bronchos hosted the matchup, but Central High coach Jeff Jones still allowed his opponents to be the home team.
Comanche opens with rivalry game
First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.
The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.
Demon track athletes tested right away
The Duncan boys track team placed seventh out of 20 teams at a meet in Norman Friday.
Those teams included last year’s Class 6A state champion Broken Arrow and runner-up Edmond Memorial, the top five teams at last year’s Class 5A state meet and defending 4A state champion Plainview.
Boys tennis ties for third at Ada
The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Demons keep it close against Southmoore
The Duncan boys soccer team challenged a tough Class 6A Southmoore squad on the road, losing 3-0.
Duncan kept it scoreless for much of the first half, but gave up two late goals. Demon coach Marcus Williams said the team had a couple of mental breakdowns but played well overall.
10 players named Oilfield all stars
There will be 10 players representing Stephens County schools Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma in the boys and girls Oilfield Conference All-Star games Monday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare will coach the girls game, which will include his own players Samantha Moore, Kaylie Keenan, Teddi Southerland, Ariah Johnson and Bita Humphreys. The players were selected by the eight conference coaches.
Comets can’t pull out upset
When Velma-Alma senior Conner Sullivan hit a halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer to trim Glencoe’s lead, the Panthers, who had gone 57-1 in the last 58 games had to be thinking “oh no, here we go again.”
Comanche can’t close out Alva
It wasn’t the way No. 8 Comanche basketball wanted its season to end, but with a 64-62 loss to No. 10 Alva Thursday, the Indians headed home after the first round of the Class 3A area tournament.
Youth bowlers are state runners-up
Duncan’s high school bowlers took second at the state tournament.
Girls golfers second at Guthrie
The Duncan girls didn’t play under ideal conditions at the Guthrie tournament Thursday, but claimed second as a team.
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