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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Lone Grove boys fall to athletic Idabel

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  • LONE GROVE — The athleticism of Idabel was too much for Lone Grove on Friday night, as the Longhorns dropped a 49-33 decision to the Warriors at the Gary Scott Center.
    A strong third frame in which the Longhorns outscored Idabel 13-8 pulled the Longhorns to within 35-30 heading to the final 8 minutes. But Lone Grove's shooting went ice cold in the fourth quarter.
    The Warriors continued to spread the floor offensively, and defensively they kept the Longhorns from establishing anything at the offensive end. Idabel scored the first 14 points in the fourth with the only Lone Grove points coming on a 3-point bucket by Nathan Meek with 10 seconds to go in the game.
    Lone Grove fell to 0-7 with the loss, and Idabel improved to 5-7.
    "Athletically we were outmatched tonight," Lone Grove coach Josh Mitchell said. "They were able to run a lot of clock with their spread offense. We weren't able to change the game's momentum with our defensive play.
    "Idabel has played quite a few good teams really close because they are so athletic. Overall, we are still young and inexperienced as a team. We've got a ways to go to get where we want to be."
    Because of their spread-the-floor offensive scheme and better shot selection from it, the Warriors hit 48 percent (21 of 44) compared to just 13-of-38 (34 percent) by the Longhorns. Idabel had a 29-9 rebounding edge and a 9-3 advantage on the offensive glass. The Warriors also had an 8-2 edge in second-chance points.
    Earl Eason's 14 points led Idabel, who put nine players in the scoring column. Meek had 15 points to pace Lone Grove.
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