Following a huge home win this past Friday, on Tuesday the Duncan Lady Demons had trouble with the Cache Lady Bulldogs and lost in a close 45-36 battle.
Cache started off with a 5-0 run before a basket from Alexis Giles put Duncan on the scoreboard and Cache raced out to a 10-3 lead before the next buckets from the Lady Demons.
Kaylee Foster got going in the first quarter with a three point shot and then Madi Hallford hit a bucket to close the gap with Cache leading 10-8 after the first quarter of play.
The defense kept the game low scoring as Cache forced some turnovers early in the second quarter and got the lead to seven points before Duncan’s first bucket of the quarter came from Hallford.
Hallford hit a three point bucket to cut Cache’s lead to 15-11 then Giles was able get the game within two points with a bucket and the Lady Bulldogs led 17-15 before Cache’s final bucket of the half.
Cache got the lead to four points with a two bucket to lead 19-15 heading into the third quarter of action where Giles started the scoring making one of two free throws.
A three bucket from Cache got the largest lead up to that point when a bucket from Katelyn Samuels got it back within four and another bucket from Sydney White got it within two points.
The final bucket of the quarter came from Foster and Cache was ahead 24-22 before scoring four unanswered points to lead by six heading into the final quarter of play.
Foster started the fourth with a free throw and Cache extended the lead to 10 before the next two free throws fell for the Lady Demons.
Hallford and Kyndle Ledford went a perfect 4-for-4 at the charity stripe, however, Cache was able to coast to the victory as they nailed all their free throw attempts except one in the fourth quarter.
Samuels and Giles hit three buckets in the fourth quarter at the end to try and keep the Lady Demons close but Duncan couldn’t make a complete comeback and dropped to 9-12 on the season.
The Lady Demons head coach Mike Fitts said that Cache had a game plan and stuck with it while keeping Duncan away from theirs to get the victory.
“They play a murder schedule when you got the teams they play in their conference, they go up against the very best every week,” Fitts said. “We just started off slow and we had too many turnovers to begin with and we didn’t crash the boards like we normally do. They had a little to do with that because some of those times they blocked us out pretty good but for most part we didn’t look to crash like we usually do.”
Hallford led the scoring with nine, Giles and Foster had eight apiece with Samuels scoring five and three others players, Price, White and Ledford scored two apiece.
Fitts said that he isn’t worried about the loss as much because they still have a few games left to get ready for the playoffs and he knows those are the most important games from here on out.
“It is hard to play at a high level all the time. We played Altus, we have had to play at a high level against Ardmore and then the trip to Durant you have to try and play at a high level because of the distance,” Fitts said. “There are going to be games where it doesn’t click and this is one of those games. All year we have looked to the next game and we don’t look ahead for anybody or down the road but with really who we play being at Mac and then having Durant at home we are preparing for the playoff situation. Everything we do is geared towards that and we want to beat Mac then beat Durant because it is Senior Night and it is the last at home. We want to send the seniors out with a win. We have to prepare for Mac and that will prepare us for the playoffs.”
The Lady Demons next game will be on the road starting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at MacArthur High School while the final game of the regular season will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at home against Durant High School.