Marlow gets swept by Comets in ‘Battle at the Big House’

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Dec 20, 2012 - 9:04:59 AM

LOOSE BALLThe Marlow Outlaws never were able to find their groove Saturday afternoon against Velma-Alma in Oklahoma City at The Big House, and the result was their second loss of the season, falling 59-43.
“We were never able to get going,” Marlow coach John Garrett said. “It looked like we were tired from the game the night before. It wasn’t a good atmosphere. We had two towns there sitting on the same side, and it still looked like no one was there. It was real quiet. We do better playing in smaller gyms where you can hear the fans and it looks like more people are there.”
The game was close throughout the first half with the Comets leading 13-10 at the end of the first quarter and 23-19 at the half.
Velma-Alma (7-1), ranked sixth in Class A, was able to start pulling away in the third quarter, outscoring Marlow 19-10 and then put the game away in the fourth quarter.
“I knew we were going to have to play our best game in order to win, and we didn’t,” Garrett said. “I don’t know how well Velma-Alma thought they played. We may see them again at the county tournament (hosted by Marlow) and I think it will be a more exciting game.”
One bright spot for Marlow (4-2) was 14-of-17 shooting from the free-throw line.
– Kirby Neufeld, 15; Zac Beasler, 9; Wes Coast, 9; Nathan Crowson, 7; Jackson Huddleston, 2; Braeden O’Dell, 2; Nathan Fikes, 1
Velma-Alma – Dallen Mercer, 16; Jaz Gayanich, 14; Zac Cable, 10; Connor Sullivan, 7; Austin Dennis, 3; Alan Beck, 2; Dallas Bare, 2; Tanner Southerland, 2.
Lady Comets 47, Lady Outlaws 46
A lay-up at the buzzer by Velma-Alma’s Kylie Saville propelled Velma to the narrow victory over Marlow.
Marlow had fought back in the fourth quarter after being outscored in the first three. The Lady Outlaws trailed 10-6 after one quarter, 30-22 at the half, and 38-29 at the end of three.
The comeback was made despite leading scorer Ashley O’Dell fouling out in the fourth quarter. O’Dell had problems early on, picking up her third foul with 1:14 to go in the opening quarter. She finished with six points.
Diamond Morris picked up her offensive game however with a game-high 20 points with 10 points coming in the second quarter.
The free-throw line was a major factor in the contest. The Lady Comets shot 11 free throws before Marlow shot its first. For the game, Velma-Alma was 16-of-26, while Marlow was just 2-of-5.
The Lady Outlaws had clawed their way to a 47-46 lead, their first of the contest, with just 21 seconds left in the game before Saville’s last second shot changed the final outcome.
- Diamond Morris, 20; Emalee Williams, 8; Avery Walker, 6; Ashley O’Dell, 6; Tory Nations, 4; Shayna Throckmorton, 2.
Velma-Alma – Kylee Saville, 18; Teddi Southerland, 12; Shalyn Files, 6; Bita Humphries, 4; Samantha Moore, 4; Nikki Wright, 3.