Having their first home scrimmage Thursday afternoon and their third of six scrimmages, the Duncan Lady Demons basketball team are at the halfway point of pre-season preparation.
Duncan hosted the Stephens County Comanche Lady Indians in their first home scrimmage and it was the first time the Lady Demons were under the direction of Brandon Kephart on the Duncan home court.
Kephart, who was hired a couple of months ago to take over for the retiring Mike Fitts, said that the halfway point of the season has seen improvement throughout the three scrimmages.
“The scrimmages have gone really well and as you know, everything has gone a little crazy with COVID and quarantines so we kind of got started a little late because some of the girls were quarantined,” Kephart said. “We have scrimmaged Sulphur, Bridge Creek and Comanche ... and from the first scrimmage to the third one, we have improved every scrimmage. So that has been really exciting and these girls have worked really hard and they all work really very, very hard and have really good attitudes. So for me it has been really fun to just get out there and see them play and watch them have the excitement and joy of them playing.”
The Duncan Lady Demons will be led by four seniors and other returning starters in Sydney White, Maddie Woods, Maddie Hallford and Kenadi Kelly.
Also returning are Alexis Giles, Kyndle Ledford, KK Miller and Kaylee Foster with a bunch of freshman also coming up to be a deep team for the Lady Demons in the 2020-2021 season opener.
“We expect a really good rotation of girls and we expect a lot from them. I wouldn’t say we would have one girl that will score 20 a game, but all of those girls are expecting to score a little for us every night,” Kephart said. “When they play together they are really fun to watch and it is a really good group, they are athletic and play hard like I said. We also got some freshman and they are some good players in that group so it is a really great mix.”
Duncan will head to Deer Creek for a scrimmage that is closed to the public on Nov. 14 and then head to Lawton to face Eisenhower before coming home for the second scrimmage before the Thanksgiving break.
The season opener for the Lady Demons will take place at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 against Ardmore. Kephart said he hopes once the season opener comes, his team will be ready to play.
“I think we got the girls a little late because of the quarantine and with everything going on we were just working on getting our basketball feel back and getting into shape while putting my system in,” Kephart said. “We kind of got that in and now we just feel like we are cleaning some things and take care of the rough edges and making everything run smoother. They got what we want and they are getting into shape and now it is trying to refine everything and hopefully when that first game comes Dec. 1, we will be hitting on all cylinders.”