Ryan’s Cowboy and Cowgirl roundballers in two nights this week faced two tough assignments to start the 2019 portion of the schedule.

 On Tuesday, Ryan hosted Big Pasture and the Cowgirls fell to 14th-ranked Big Pasture, 43-32, while the boys dropped a 78-26 decision to Class B’s sixth-ranked Rangers.

 On Monday, Ryan dropped a pair at Empire as the Cowgirls lost to 20th-ranked Empire, 57-34, while the Cowboys were hammered, 70-36, by the Bulldogs.

The Cowgirls will take a 6-7 record into next week’s action, while the Cowboys are now 4-9 for the season.

 The Ryan squads will return to action on Monday when they host Oklahoma School for the Deaf on Raymon West Court.

 On Tuesday, the Cowboys and Cowgirls will travel to Ringling to battle the Lady Blue Devils and Blue Devils.

One week from Friday the Cowboys and Cowgirls will play host to Frederick – the newest member of the Southern 

Eight Conference.

 In the home contest with Big Pasture, the Cowgirls actually led after the first quarter, 6-4, and maintained the margin at the intermission, 16-14.

 However, in the second half Big Pasture’s Katelynn Laminack and Maddison Rivers found the range from the field and led the Lady Rangers’ rally.

 Laminack had eight of Big Pasture’s 12 third-quarter points to give the Lady Rangers a 26-24 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

 Rivers got hot from behind the arc in the final frame as the Lady Ranger connected on three treys and scored 10 of the 17 Big Pasture points to aid the Lady Rangers in taking command of the game.

The Cowgirls were still close late in the game and had a chance to cut the lead to only four but missed a layup and that forced the Cowgirls to foul in the final minute and Big Pasture connected on four of seven tries from the charity stripe to extend the lead and pick up the win.

 Samantha Good finished with 18 points for the Cowgirls, but was the only player to score in double figures.

 The Cowgirls were only 7-16 from the free throw line and shot only 36% from the field during the game.

Defensively, the Cowgirls recorded 10 steals and only suffered three turnovers in the contest.

 The Rangers proved why they are worthy of their high ranking in Class B as they jumped on the Cowboys for a 52-8 advantage at halftime after rolling up 30 points in the second quarter.

 The Cowboys, who have suffered from shooting woes the entire season, were never in the game. Ryan hit only 27% from the field – including only one of 14 from beyond the arc.

 In the third quarter, the Cowboys scored more than in the first half, but Big Pasture continued to build the lead and led 72-17 heading to the fourth quarter.

 The Rangers managed only six points in the final frame, while the Cowboys managed nine points to set the final margin.

The Cowboys had only 10 attempts from the free throw line, but connected on only three of them for 30%.

Grayson Tomberlin led the Cowboys in scoring with 11 points.

 On Monday, the Cowgirls could never get anything going in the first quarter against Empire. Meanwhile, Empire exploded for 29 first-quarter points to hold a 29-3 lead at the end of the period.

 The Cowgirls actually outscored the Lady Bulldogs, 31-28, over the remaining three quarters, but could not overcome the poor start.

 Three Ryan starters were battling illnesses. Good and Lily York shared scoring honors with 11 points each, but only three other Cowgirls found the scoring column in the game.

 The Cowboys suffered the same fate as the girls’ squad as a poor first-quarter showing left the Cowboys with no chance to win.

The Bulldogs stormed to a 20-3 first quarter lead and although Ryan trimmed the deficit to 32-21 at the half, the Bulldogs outscored Ryan, 38-15, over the final two quarters.

Tomberlin finished with 13 points for the Cowboys and was the only Ryan player to score in double figures.

Big Pasture 43, Ryan 32


Big Pasture              4          10        12         17–43

Ryan                        6          10         8            8–32

RYAN – Samantha Good 6-4-18, Juliet Spangler 3-1-7, Lily York 2-2-6, Bailee Martin 0-1-1. PF: 17. Three-pointers: Good 2.

Big Pasture 78, Ryan 26


Big Pasture              22          30         20        6–78

Ryan                        3             5           9         9–26

RYAN – Grayson Tomberlin 5-0-11, Trey Bryant 2-1-5, Travis Fristoe 2-1-5, Kane Howard 1-0-2, Andrew Villerreal 1-0-2, Caleb Perrin 0-1-1. PF: 12. Three-pointers: Tomberlin.

Empire 57, Ryan 34


Ryan        3              10            12            9–34

Empire     29            13            4              11–57

RYAN – Samantha Good 4-3-11, Lily York 3-4-11, Juliet Spangler 1-4-7, Alicen Williams 1-0-3, Carter Combs 0-2-2. PF: 15. Three-pointers: Spangler, York, Williams.

Empire 70, Ryan 36


Ryan         3              18            6              9–36

Empire     20            12            15            23-70

RYAN – Grayson Tomberlin 3-5-13, Kane Howard 4-0-9, Andrew Villerreal 2-0-4, Daniel Alsup 1-0-3, Gunner Phillips 1-0-2, Kalen Weldon 1-0-2, Travis Fristoe 1-0-2, Landen Alexander 1-0-2. PF: 13. Three-pointers: Tomberlin 2, Howard 2, Alsup.