Babblin' Brooks - Tournament time again

Posted in: Sports
By Todd Brooks
Feb 7, 2013 - 8:43:41 AM

Basketball season is coming to a close, but it will not be going quietly as district and regional tournaments are right around the corner.
Looking back at the conclusion of the regular season, four area teams have winning records with the Marlow boys and girls and the Central High boys and girls.
The Marlow boys have hit some speed bumps lately, but they are still above .500 on the season with a 12-9 record, which is a better than any other record they have had the past few years.
The Outlaws loss to Pauls Valley did have a highlight when senior Sean Hazel, who had not started all season was put in the starting lineup. Hazel, who did not play last year, had not started a game all year and he is not part of the regular rotation used by head coach John Garrett.
At Marlow home games when players are introduced, they run through their teammates, shake hands with the referees and opposing coach, followed by a run down a line of cheerleaders for high fives and then down the side of the stands where the students sit for more high fives.
Announcers Joe Ligon and Mickey Eaves do an excellent job of injecting excitement to the reading of the names of the starters, so I’m sure Hazel was happy to hear his name called and to have a chance to run the gauntlet.
To top it off, Hazel played the entire first quarter. He was 2-of-4 from behind the arc for six points. A big cheer went up from the student section when he hit his first on his first attempt and then later on when his second shot fell.
“He’s a good kid,” Garrett said. “We knew when they (Pauls Valley) came out in a zone, he was going to have a chance to score. Pressure defense is what gives him problems.”
The Outlaws have a tough road ahead after match play this Saturday. Their district includes Frederick and then the next game will be against eighter ASTEC or No. 2-ranked Millwood in the sub-regional.
“It’s not going to be easy,” Garrett said.
The coach also pointed out if the Outlaws do go 0-2 in the playoffs, they would have lost their last six out of seven games.
“We have 12 wins, and they just aren’t used to that around here. It’s hard for them to keep up the intensity,” Garrett said.
The girls side of the draw is not any easier. The Lady Outlaws also play Frederick and will either get ASTEC or No. 3-ranked Millwood.
Regardless of what happens it can still be said the teams have had a successful season.
The Central High boys and girls have a chance to make some noise in the playoffs. It was not that long ago when the Bronchos were a one-win team and now they are winning tournaments and beating ranked teams.
Bray-Doyle is another team with a tough post-season draw. The Lady Donkeys could be without senior post player Erica Hatfield who injured her knee Monday night against Ringling.
The Donkeys may have only one win, but they have shown improvement over the course of the season.

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