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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Newton leads Longhorns over Wolves

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  • DAVIS — Lone Grove’s Bryce Newton had 22 points, including four 3-point buckets to lead the Longhorns to a 72-51 victory over the Davis Wolves on Tuesday night at the Pete Byrd Sports Center. Lone Grove (1-3) took a 21-13 lead after the first period and increased its advantage to 37-24 by intermission. The Longhorns used a full-court pressure defense, which was not a good thing for the Wolves, playing in their first basketball game of the season after winning the Class 2A football state championship. “Our pressure defense is important for us, because we are not very tall,” Lone Grove coach Josh Mitchell said. “We have to front people and out-quick them where we can, because we have good team speed. We gave a great effort tonight, and I was proud of the players for the way we came out and competed. We shot pretty good from the floor, and that always makes for a good night on the court.” Lone Grove hit 24 of 49 (49 percent) from the floor to 20 of 42 (48 percent) for Davis. The Longhorns were 16 of 28 (57 percent) from the line compared to the Wolves’ 10 of 20 (50 percent). The Longhorn pressure forced Davis into 28 turnovers to just 15 for Lone Grove. Both teams scored 19 in the third, but Lone Grove had a 16-8 edge in the fourth to pull away for the win. “This was actually not too bad of an outing for us in our first game,” first-year Davis coach John Garrett said. “They have had to learn a new system in just six days, and they have done a pretty good job of doing that.” Nathan Meek had 17 points for the Longhorns and Jeremy Lewis finished with 13 points. Davis (0-1) was led by its big post player, Jordyn Romine, with 13 points. Chazdon Anderson chipped in 10 points, as did Drew Melton for the Wolves.

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