While they didn’t come easy Friday night, both the Plainview Indians and Lady Indians managed to record victories over Comanche at the Plainview Activity Center.

While they didn’t come easy Friday night, both the Plainview Indians and Lady Indians managed to record victories over Comanche at the Plainview Activity Center.

Plainview 42
Comanche 33

When points are hard to come by it’s good to have strong defense to take up the slack. 

Thankfully, the Plainview Lady Indians had more than enough of both down the stretch Friday night, leading to a 42-33 victory over Comanche in a Lake Country Conference game. 

“Our defense made the difference tonight,” Plainview coach Chad Walker said. “As the game progressed we started learning who their best shooters were, and then we focused on giving those players tighter defense. I would like to see us to block out better under the boards. But I was pleased to get a Conference win. We are pretty young, and we are learning to play better as a team.”

Both teams struggled from the floor in the first with Plainview holding a 4-3 lead headed to the second. 

It was the Plainview defense that emerged in the second that helped them gradually pull away. 

Senior Anna Simmons came off the bench early in the second period and helped provide an offensive and defensive spark for Plainview, as she knocked down two 3-pointers and a lay-up offensively. Defensively she picked up three steals and eight rebounds, as Plainview’s transition offense began to kick in for higher percentage shots off fast-break opportunities.

Plainview’s shooting percentage went from 1-of-8 in the first to 6-of-12 in the second, as the Lady Indians held a 21-10 lead the break. 

In the third quarter, the same combination which had thrust Plainview into the lead kept itself there after the interval.

Plainview managed to grab five steals and forced Comanche into eight third period turnovers to increase its lead to 33-18 going to the fourth, after a 12-8 run in the quarter. 

Plainview (5-2), hit 38 percent from the floor (15 of 39) to just 13-of-43 (30 percent) for Comanche. The Plainview defense forced Comanche’s hand into taking ill-advised long-range shots from the outside. And they were not falling. 

Plainview had a 25-18 rebounding edge but committed 22 miscues to Comanche’s 17.

Megan Winchester scored eight of her 12 points in the critical third period to lead the Plainview attack. Simmons and Riley Grant had 8 points each. 

Amiya Howard finished with four points, all from the line, but Howard was a key ball-handler that took the lead late in the game for Plainview to spread the court and maintain their lead. 

She also had 10 assists and three steals. 

Plainview 60
Comanche 54 

Often times, it’s not how you start but how you finish which matters most.

Despite trailing for three quarters, Plainview managed to use a 10-0 run to spark itself in the fourth quarter, which eventually led to a narrow 60-54 victory over Comanche. 

With Comanche up 40-36 to start the fourth, Plainview got on a roll. 

Brock Parham hit 2-of-2 from the line to pull Plainview within two, before a steal by Blake Nowell, who fed Drake Sizemore for a 3-pointer from the corner, gave Plainview their first lead at 41-40. 

A trey by Parham out front and 2-of-2 from the line by Parham had Plainview up 46-40 two minutes into the fourth.

“After we implemented our plan to the plan we worked on, we went on to get the victory,” Plainview coach Deon Stevenson said. “We knew we would need to match their physical play with physical play of our own in order to be successful.  When we saw that the officiating crew would allow the physicality, we had no choice but to match that.”

“We finally made key adjustments at the end of the third that paid off for us,” Stevenson added. “We knew if we continued to make stops and block out for rebounding we would be where we wanted to be. We struggled in the first half, but everyone played well in the second half. It is a blessing that we have ten or more players that we can put out on the floor and get solid play out of. It is fun to watch when we are doing what we do best.”

Comanche (4-3), hit 8-of-13 shots in the first eight minutes and took an 18-12 lead, as the lead grew to 33-24 going into the halftime break after Comanche went on a 15-12 run in the second. 

Plainview’s defense started to wear down Comanche in the third, as Plainview had a 12-7 edge in the third and pulled to within four heading to the final eight minutes.

Plainview’s second-half shooting percentage improved as their defense improved. Plainview finished 21-of-45 (47 percent) from the floor to Comanche’s 43 percent (20-of-46). Comanche hit just 7-of-23 in the second half following a more productive first-half. 

At the line Plainview made up ground in the fourth. 

Plainview was 11-of-15 from the stripe in the final period and finished 13-of-22 (59 percent), while Comanche was 9 of 17 (53 percent).

Plainview (5-1), put three scorers in double figures as Nowell led the way with 14 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists. 

Devin Jones had 11 points, and Taylon Chambers chipped in 10 points with six boards.