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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Team effort propels Longhorns

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  • LONE GROVE — In what head coach Josh Mitchell called “the best overall team effort we have had since I have been here,” the Longhorns led from start to finish to defeat the Comanche Indians 74-71 Thursday night in opening-round action of the Lone Grove Invitational Tournament played at the Gary Scott Center. In earlier boys action, Bristow defeated Washington 58-44. Also, Marlow beat Walters 64-54, and Idabel defeated Colbert 46-39. The Longhorns move to tonight's 8:30 p.m. semifinal action against Idabel. Comanche (6-2), ranked No. 6 in Class 3A, was expected to give the Longhorns fits. Instead, the opposite was true as Lone Grove jumped to a 21-10 lead after the first period. The Indians got a strong performance from their 6-10 center, Jacob Hammond, who was all but impossible to stop in the paint. Hammond finished with 37 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double game. Lone Grove (3-3) took the Indians completely out of the game plan offensive with their strong defensive performance. The Longhorns forced Comanche into 29 turnovers, 22 of which came from Lone Grove steals. The Indians managed to outscore the Longhorns 19-9 in the second frame and trimmed the Lone Grove lead to 34-29 by intermission. “This was a pretty exciting game for our players,” Mitchell said. “When I entered the locker room before the game, I really didn't need to say very much. Everyone had their game faces on. They were ready to compete against a ranked opponent and a 6-10 player with a college future ahead of him. Every time they made a run at us, we had an answer. I am extremely proud of the way we competed tonight.” Both teams scored 19 in the third, and they headed to the final eight minutes with Lone Grove still leading 53-48. Lone Grove and Comanche hit identical from the floor. They were both 25 of 47 (53 percent), and they were close at the line as well. The Indians were 16 of 25 (64 percent) to the Longhorns' 18 of 32 (56 percent). Although Comanche had a 31-25 rebounding edge, it was ultimately the 29 miscues that turned things in favor of the Longhorns. Nathan Meek led the Longhorns in scoring with 21 points, including five 3-point buckets. Jeremy Lewis had 15 points, 11 steals and seven rebounds, and Bryce Newton finished with 10 points. Mason Taylor finished with 13 points for the Indians. Lone Grove 74, Comanche 71 Comanche 10 19 19 23 - 71 Lone Grove 25 9 19 21 - 74 Comanche (6-2) Jacob Hammond 37, Mason Taylor 13, Matt Headley 9, Dalton Wood 5, Jerron Sanders 5, Cody Crow 2. Lone Grove (3-3) Nathan Meek 21, Jeremy Lewis 15, Bryce Newton 10, Devon Gunter 9, Terry Rowe 8, Brady Norman 8, Adonis McGee 3. 3-point goals - Comanche 5-8 (Hendley 2, Taylor 2, Wood); Lone Grove 7-19 (Meek 5, Lewis, Newton). Free Throws - Comanche 16-25, Lone Grove 18-32. Rebounds - Comanche 31, Lone Grove 25. Total Fouls - Comanche 22, Lone Grove 18. Bristow 58, Washington 54
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