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Friday, April 10, 2020

Cowgirls Nab Third Place at Bulldog Bash; Cowboys Drop Two


The Ryan Cowgirls’ bid to win a second tournament this season fell just short last weekend as the squad finished third in the 11th annual Bulldog Bash at Healdton.

The Cowgirls defeated Wynnewood, 46-32, last Saturday in the third place game.

The Cowgirls dropped a 47-35 decision to the host school in the semifinal round on Friday.

In Thursday’s first round the Cowgirls dominated Elmore City-Pernell in a 52-30 victory.

All three of the opponents in the tournament for the Cowgirls were from Class 2A.

The Cowboys had a tough weekend as they dropped the first two games in the tournament.

The Fox Foxes handed Ryan a 50-36 defeat in the first round last Thursday and then Ringling pounded the Cowboys in the consolation semifinals, 50-30.

Fox boys and Healdton girls – both Ryan opponents during the tourney – claimed the tournament championship last Saturday night.

Cowgirls 46, Wynnewood 32

The Cowgirls dominated play in the second and third quarters to get the win over the Lady Savages.

The Lady Savages kept it close in the first quarter as Ryan held only an 11-10 lead at end of the quarter.

In the second quarter the Cowgirls went on a 12-4 run to take a 23-14 lead at intermission.

In the third quarter, Juliet Spangler and Samantha Good found the range and the Cowgirls dominated the Lady Savages, 17-5, to hold a commanding 40-19 lead heading to the final quarter.

 The Lady Savages cut the margin in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Cowgirls, 13-6, thanks mainly to the Cowgirls poor free throw shooting. Ryan connected on only four of 10 attempts in the fourth quarter and hit only 13 of 24 in the game.

Good led the Cowgirls in scoring with 21 points and was the only Cowgirl in double figures, but six of the seven players that saw action in the game scored.

Healdton 47, Cowgirls 35

Healdton avenged an earlier loss to the Cowgirls with a strong first-half performance and taking advantage of superior depth to earn a spot in the finals of the tourney.

The Cowgirls fell behind the Lady Bulldogs, 17-9, after the first quarter and could never get on track offensively. Healdton increased the lead to 28-15 at intermission.

In the second half, the Cowgirls could only stay even with the Lady Bulldogs.

The Cowgirls outscored the Lady Bulldogs, 15-13 in the third quarter to trim the advantage to 41-30, but Ryan could only score five points in the fourth quarter – including only one field goal – and could not cut in the deficit.

J. Spangler had 15 points and York added 10 points to pace the Cowgirls in scoring.

The Cowgirls have won only two of 14 meetings with Healdton since the 1993 season.

Cowgirls 52, ECP 30

The Cowgirls used a strong second and fourth quarters to earn the first round victory despite missing a number of shots from point-blank range.

The two squads were tied at eight apiece after one quarter, but Ryan went on a 16-6 run in the second period to take a 24-14 lead at halftime.

The Cowgirls were able to extend the lead after three quarters with a 13-10 advantage giving Ryan a 37-24 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

In the final period the Cowgirls pulled away by outscoring the Lady Badgers, 15-6.

The Cowgirls were impressive on the offensive board with 14 rebounds compared to the Lady Badgers’ two offensive rebounds. Overall, the Cowgirls held a 40-16 advantage on the boards.

On the defensive end, the Cowgirls produced nine steals in the game.

York led the Cowgirls in scoring with 20 points, while J. Spangler added 15 points.

With this win the Cowgirls hold a 3-1 advantage over the Lady Badgers since the 1990 season.

Ringling 50, Cowboys 30

It took the Cowboys three quarters to get on track offensively and by that time the Blue Devils had built a big lead to earn a spot in the consolation finals.

Ringling sped to a 17-6 advantage after the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Cowboys could not find the basket as they scored only three points – all on free throws. In the meantime the Blue Devils were expanded the lead to 26-9 at the half.

The Blue Devils increased the lead to 39-15 after the end of the first quarter.

The Cowboys finally began to put points on the scoreboard in the final frame, but the deficit was too much for Ryan to overcome.

The 15 points scored in the quarter by Ryan was as many as the previous three quarters combined.

Andrew Villerreal topped the Cowboys in scoring with 13 points, but no other Cowboy could hit for double figures.

This was the fifth straight loss to the Blue Devils dating back to 2017.

Fox 50, Cowboys 36

Despite missing a pair of starters the undefeated Foxes rallied for the first round win over the Cowboys.

The Cowboys assisted with the comeback by committing over 20 turnovers in the contest.

The Cowboys jumped out to a 12-4 lead after the first quarter, but Fox found the shooting range in the second quarter and outscored the Cowboys 17-6 to hold a slim 21-18 lead at halftime.

Fox increased the lead in the third quarter with a 10-6 scoring advantage to take a 31-24 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Foxes pulled away in the final quarter with a 19-12 scoring advantage.

Logan McCurtain hurt the Cowboys with his outstanding outside shooting. McCurtain finished the game as the leading scorer with 19 points and that includes five three-pointers.

Grayson Tomberlin led the Cowboys in scoring with 12 points.

Ryan still holds a 6-2 record against the Foxes with one year’s result unknown dating back to the 1996 season.

Photo By Sheree Hanson

Waurika Wins Consolation Title


 After dropping a first-round game to Davis, the Waurika Eagles came back to win two straight games in two days to claim the consolation title of the 89th annual Stephens County Tournament at Comanche.

Not only did the Eagles win two straight games, but they did it in impressive fashion with a 65-36 win over Bray-Doyle on Friday and a 48-27 victory over Central High last Saturday afternoon.

Waurika’s boys dropped into the consolation bracket after the loss to Davis.

The Lady Eagles also lost their first round game to Marlow and in Friday’s consolation semifinals the Lady Eagles fell to Central High, 40-37.

The Comanche girls claimed their sixth straight county tourney title, while Velma-Alma won its second straight county title on the boys’ side of the tourney.

Eagles 48, Central 27

Central High hung around the Eagles in the first half, but Waurika managed to pull away in the fourth quarter with a 20-point explosion to claim the big win.

The Bronchos actually led after the first quarter, 9-7, but Waurika went on a 10-3 spurt in the second quarter to hold a 17-12 advantage at the half.

Waurika was able to extend the lead in the third quarter by outscoring Central, 11-6, to carry a 28-18 lead into the final quarter.

The Eagles overwhelmed Central in the fourth quarter with the 20-point outburst that was fueled by three treys – one each by Treyton Torrez, Kevin Garcia and Peyton Fletcher – to give the Eagles the 21-point win.

Torrez led the Eagles in scoring with 15 points.

Central 40, Lady Eagles 37

The Lady Eagles and Central High fought to a 7-7 draw after the first quarter, but the Lady Bronchos connected on a pair of treys in the second quarter to outscore Waurika, 13-8, and take a 20-15 lead into the locker room.

Central High was able to add to the lead with a 10-7 scoring advantage in the third quarter to hold a 30-23 lead.

Waurika put on a furious rally in the fourth quarter and outscored the Lady Bronchos, 14-10, but could not overtake the Lady Bronchos as Central High was able to connect on five of eight from the charity stripe to help hold off the Lady Eagles.

Tallin Mora led the Eagles in scoring with nine points.

Eagles 65, BD 36

A second quarter scoring barrage by the Eagles scored proved to be the difference in handing the winless Donkeys the loss and earning the berth in the consolation finals.

Waurika held only a 10-7 lead after the first quarter, but when on a 16-5 run in the second quarter giving the Eagles a commanding 26-12 lead at the half.

Coming out of the locker room after intermission the Eagles continued to pound the Donkeys and outscored Bray-Doyle, 20-15, to increase the lead to 46-27.

The Eagles put up 19 points in the fourth quarter while holding the Donkeys to only 10 tallies to record the victory.

Torrez led the Eagles in scoring with 19 points including the only two treys of the game for Waurika. Fletcher added 12 points and Turner Mora added 10 points.

Eight different Eagles contributed on the scoreboard in the contest.