SULPHUR — Senior Kacie West was in the eighth grade when Sulphur ran the table to capture the 2013 Class 4A state title in girls basketball — all without a player taller than 5-foot-10.
She sees a lot of similarities between that season’s version of the 30-0 Lady Bulldogs and the one that is 9-0 coming into tonight’s home game against 10-0 Comanche (ranked fourth in 3A).
“Me, (Savannah) Ashford and (Ivy) Borders would love it we could make it to state our last year,” she said. “Just go all out, go get a state ring.”
Of course, West doesn’t want the Class 4A No. 18 Lady Bulldogs to get too far ahead of themselves just yet. Sulphur has 13 games remaining in the regular season, in addition to the postseason.
West has a compartmentalized approach to the rest of the Lady Bulldogs’ season.
“We’ve got to take one game at a time and focus on each team,” she said. “I’m just really proud of the team that we’ve been this year, how much heart and girt that we have.”
Sulphur senior forward Savannah Ashford said a key to Sulphur’s unbeaten start is the team’s unity.
“We’re playing for one another,” she said. “We’re working together. We know we have five people on the court that can play.”
It’s not just the starting lineup that has produced in big moments for Sulphur.
The reserves who come off the bench for the Lady Bulldogs are more than capable of providing an instant spark.
Freshman Kady Lynch scored two game-tying field goals during Tuesday’s 49-38 come-from-behind win over Davis in Murray County Bedlam, giving Sulphur another option as Ashford battled foul trouble.
“That’s what I’ve been really pleased with: We’ve had some different combinations throughout the season,” Sulphur coach Toby Todd said. “I’m really proud of the younger girls for coming in, different girls stepping up and taking on different roles.
“To me, that’s the mark of a good team.”
Sulphur’s success tonight will depend heavily on how much it can limit the production of Comanche’s 6-foot-4 junior forward Misty Dossey.
Dossey averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Lady Indians her sophomore season.
This past June, the Lawton Constitution reported Oklahoma State became the first major school to offer her a scholarship. Tulsa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas A&M and Rice are also interested in acquiring her talents.
“Comanche’s got a great ball club,” Todd said. “They’re coached well, got a lot of talent and a big tall post (player, Dossey) and a couple girls who can shoot outside, so it’ll be a big conference game for us.
“We’re kind of leg-weary right now with so many games back to back. We’re going to try to get prepared for them the next couple days but also get our legs back under us.”