The Marlow Outlaws snapped a seven-game losing streak to Blanchard dating back to 2007 with a 57-41 win over the visiting Lions on Tuesday night.
Marlow never trailed as it jumped out to an 18-0 lead in the first quarter, but Blanchard would make the Outlaws work for the win.
After surrendering 20 points to the Outlaws in the first quarter, they only gave up 10 points in the second to cut the lead to 11 points at the half.
“I think the biggest change in momentum happened when we got a little bit gassed,” Marlow coach Kirk Harris said. “Second, I think our shot selection in the second quarter was not as good as it had been in the first. Of course, we were getting a lot of our offense off our defense in the first quarter. We got tired and got beat on some back doors, and some three point shots, and they made it interesting.”
Led by Wes Coast and Braeden O’Dell, Marlow was nearly unstoppable out of the gate. The two combined for 14 of the first 18 points for the Outlaws with Coast getting two three-point plays during the run.
The Outlaws would go on to take a 20-5 lead heading into the second.
Marlow led by as much as 30-9 in the second quarter before Blanchard responded by closing out the last three minutes of the half on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 30-19 at the half.
Marlow was missing one starter with Zac Beasler on the bench in street clothes, and Blanchard was missing three players. Beasler was replaced in the starting line-up by sophomore Easton Huddleston. The job of running the offense then fell on senior Nathan Crowson, who earned high praise from his coach.
“I like to give a shout out to Nathan,” Harris said. “He had to play a completely different spot. He’s run it a little bit in practice, but still, he’s real intelligent.”
Marlow only got three points out of reserves, and Harris said it is an area they need to improve on.
“Our bench needs to play a little better,” Harris said. “We dropped off more than I wanted to. I think they played better against the same guys in the JV game.”
Still, getting the win was important.
“For the most part it was a good win,” Harris said. “I’ll take it any way we can get it. I don’t care if they have 10 players missing, I’ll still take it.”
A 12-2 run to open the third quarter would put the game out of reach of the Lions, though they did get to within 14 points at the end of the third quarter.
Overall, the Outlaws played well defensively, not allowing any Blanchard player to get in double digits on the night.
Marlow (10-7) will host Rush Springs tonight (Thursday).
Marlow: Braeden O’Dell, 20; Wes Coast, 17; Trey Coffman, 9; Nathan Crowson, 6; Easton Huddleston, 2; Blaine Richardson, 2; Justin Brown, 1;
Blanchard: Braden Bush, 9; Jalan Daniels, 9; Drake Vittitow, 9; Brayden White, 4; Tanner Long, 4; Aaron Brooks, 3; Andrew McCord, 2; Holden Mayfield, 1
Lady Lions 55, Lady Outlaws 34
Things did not go as well for the Marlow girls in the opening game of the night. The Lady Outlaws led 13-5 at the end of the first quarter, but only scored two total points in the second and third quarters.
The game was close the first half of the opening quarter with Blanchard holding a 5-4 lead. The Lady Outlaws then got a spark on a three-pointer by Corrie Moore that was the start of a 9-0 run by Marlow to close out the quarter.
Blanchard, though, went on a 32-2 run during the middle quarters. Marlow’s lone bucket of the two quarters came with 13 seconds left in the third on a lay-up by Kaytlyn Kizarr.
The Lady Lions led 19-13 at the half and took a 31-15 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Outlaws did fight back in the fourth quarter, more than doubling their offensive output in the first three quarters.
Marlow scored 19 points in the fourth, led by three three-pointers by Diamond Morris.
Marlow dropped to 4-12 on the season with the loss.
Marlow: Diamond Morris, 11; Kaytlyn Kizarr, 10; Corrie Moore, 5; Jordan Ridge, 4; Connor Clements, 2; Shayna Throckmorton, 2;
Blanchard: Adri Brooks, 11; Haylee Mason, 10; Lauryn Weatherall, 9; Kylie Garrett, 5; Tori James, 5; Paige Jackson, 5; Jacie Boyd, 4; Jesica Massie, 4; Kylie Langford, 2
Outlaws pick up win over Blanchard
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By Todd Brooks
Feb 6, 2014 - 8:59:01 AM
By Todd Brooks
Feb 6, 2014 - 8:59:01 AM