On one hand, the Marlow boys basketball team did not put away visiting Lindsay when they had the chance. On the other hand, the Outlaws never quit fighting and held off a late charge by the Leopards.
Regardless of the point of view, the fact remains Marlow won its third game in four tries with a 69-66 victory.
It was the largest offensive output on the season for the Outlaws and they would need every point.
The game was not decided until Lindsay’s Tyler Miller’s three-point attempt at the buzzer to force overtime clanked off the rim to secure the win for the Outlaws.
“We put ourselves in a bad situation, but we were able to finish,” Marlow coach John Garrett said. “Where we kind of mistakes in the Tuttle game (an overtime loss), we didn’t make them this time. We took care of the ball. We pulled the ball out when we needed to. We made a long pass when we needed to. We made them guard us.
“Those are the things we’ve been working on and we applied it in this game.”
Marlow held a 63-54 lead following a free throw by Zac Beasler, but back-to-back three-point plays by the Leopards’ Hunter Mason quickly got the lead down to 63-60 with 50.2 seconds left in the game.
Marlow push the lead back to five points twice on free throws by Kirby Neufeld.
Lindsay would comeback to get the lead down to 67-66 with 10 seconds left.
Marlow freshman Braeden O’Dell hit two clutch free throws, his only two points of the game, with 5.5 seconds left to push the lead back to three, forcing the Leopards to go for three to send the game to overtime.
Marlow led from start to finish, leading 17-11 at the end of the first and 34-31 at the half.
The Outlaws then led 51-45 at the end of the third before closing out the game in the fourth.
Marlow – Kirby Neufeld, 18; Zac Beasler, 14; Jackson Huddleston, 14; Wes Coast, 14; Nathan Crowson, 7; Braeden O’Dell, 2.
Lindsay – Andrew Cummins, 24; Hunter Mason, 17; Tyler Miller, 15; Rex Sutherland, 4; Dalton McConnell, 3; Tanner Shoemake, 3.
Leopardettes 61, Lady Outlaws 53Marlow saw the return of senior Avery Walker and the point guard made her presence known early, showing no rust as she canned her first three three-point attempts in the first quarter.
The spark by Walker allowed the Lady Outlaws to jump out to a 21-13 lead at end of the first quarter, but Lindsay used a three-pointer at the end of the first quarter to seize the momentum and outscore the home team 19-9 in the second to take a 32-30 halftime lead.
Lindsay would outscore Marlow 29-23 in the second half to pull away for the eight-point win.
The loss dropped the Lady Outlaws to 1-3 on the season.
“I thought we did some good things,” Marlow coach Kirk Harris said. “We gave them too many second chances though. We had turnovers when we were trying to hold the ball for the last shot and they would go down and score.
“Offensively we are ahead of where we were last year, but defensively, we’re not.”
Marlow was also hurt at the free-throw line, more specifically, the lack of trips to it. The Lady Outlaws had just four attempts from the charity stripe, and made all four. Lindsay on the other hand attempted 18 free throws and sank eight.
Marlow will travel to Washington on Friday and then play Velma-Alma on Saturday at the State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City on Saturday. The game times are 1:30 for the girls and 3 p.m. for the boys.
Marlow – Ashley O’Dell, 20; Avery Walker, 14; Emalee Williams, 4; Diamond Morris, 4; Shelby Elroy, 4; Shayna Throckmorton, 3; Tory Nations, 2; Anne´ Wortham, 2
Lindsay – Molly Hibbard, 16; Macey Hatfield, 15; Morgan Moore, 10; Taylor Moutaw, 8; Britany Lujan, 6; Whitney Metker, 4; Ellanee Allsion, 2