All four seniors – Ashley O’Dell, Avery Walker, Madison Waller, and Emalee Williams started the contest, and after surrendering the first points of the game to Pauls Valley, Marlow would score the next six points and would never trail again on their way to a 44-32 victory.
It may not have been the sharpest Marlow has played this season, especially since the beginning of the New Year, but the Lady Outlaws won’t complain about getting a win.
“We didn’t shoot the ball as well as we would like to, and they didn’t either, but I thought both teams played hard defensively,” Marlow coach Kirk Harris said. “Two things I thought we did better than we have been are defensive intensity and rebounding. It got us some second shots, and we got some turnovers.
“We were a little sloppy on the offensive end, but starting the game we had a different starting lineup so we could honor some seniors on Senior Night. We never could seem to get in a flow and we tinkered with our press breaker.
“We’ve been tinkering with our press breaker some, and I think we may be more confused than comfortable with it right now. Overall, I thought it was a nice win for the girls.”
Marlow managed to take a 12-5 lead after the first quarter and then went on to take a 25-11 halftime lead.
Marlow would then outscore Pauls Valley 12-9 in the third and then cruise to the win in the fourth.
Marlow – Ashley O’Dell, 12; Avery Walker, 11; Emalee Williams, 8; Diamond Morris, 6; Kaitlyn Kizarr, 2; Madison Waler, 2; Anne ´Davenport, 2; Shayna Throckmorton, 1
Pauls Valley – Charity Trammel, 13; Veronica Alvarado, 7; Cherykee Humphrey, 5; Mary Beth Balcerak, 4; Clarrisa Mars, 2; Kallie McMahan, 1
Panthers 49, Outlaws 47The Outlaws got off to a quick start, but could not keep the momentum going.
The Panthers dominated the second and third quarters, outscoring the Outlaws 36-20 during the span to take the lead. Marlow did manage to outscore Pauls Valley in the fourth quarter, and had an opportunity at the buzzer, but Kirby Neufeld’s three-point attempt was off the mark and the Panthers, who had a 3-14 record coming into the contest, escaped with the win.
“The whole thing was defense the whole game,” Marlow coach John Garrett said. “When they weren’t creating a mismatch inside, their guards beat us. We’ve got to have better defensive effort.”
Marlow – Zac Beasler, 14; Wes Coast, 8; Kirby Neufeld, 8; Sean Hazel, 6; Jackson Huddleston, 5; Braeden O’Dell, 4; Kris McCarley, 2.
Pauls Valley – Garrett Hamilton, 16; Dwayne Sanders, 13; Joe Kyle Foster, 9; Jenesis Meave, 6; Carter Tate, 3; Greg Balcerak, 2