Early deficits proved too much to overcome for the Davis basketball teams in a pair of home losses to Sulphur on Jan. 19. The Wolves and Lady Wolves both fought back in the second half, but ultimately came up short.
Sulphur 37, Davis 29
The Lady Wolves actually led early in the first quarter as Morgan Scott made a three-pointer for the game’s first bucket. Jacie LaNoy added a steal and layup to put Davis ahead 5-2 with 5:28 to play in the first.
Then, however, a combination of cold shooting and stout defense by Sulphur snuffed out the scoring for the home team. Davis went the next 13 minutes of game time without scoring a single point. Before the Lady Wolves put the ball through the hoop again there were just 28 seconds left in the first half.
The Lady Bulldogs weren’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard themselves, but over 13 minutes, they piled up 19 consecutive points and 21-5 lead.
“Early in the season we were making a lot of three pointers and here lately we haven’t been,” admitted Lady Wolves head coach Jeff Brown. “The problem is we’re still shooting them.”
Trailing 21-7 at halftime, the Davis girls worked hard to get back into the game in the second half. Sulphur scored the first five points in the third quarter to take its largest lead of the game, 26-7. Then Davis came clawing back.
Chloe Summers hit a three-pointer and then scored on a cut to the basket a few minutes later to get Davis going, offensively.
It was 31-15 to start the fourth quarter and the Lady Wolves came out firing. Logan Pruitt swiped a steal and laid it in for the first bucket of the frame. Then Jordan Brown got bold and buried back-to-back three pointers to make it a 10-point game with 5:12 to play.
Scott added another three to make it a nine-point game with 1:21 to play. Brown added another triple to cut the lead to 36-29, but with 45 seconds left, the Lady Wolves merely ran out of time for the comeback.
Sulphur 52, Davis 32
Just like the girls, one bad stretch was enough to doom the Davis boys. For them, that stretch was a 19-2 start by the Bulldogs.
Sulphur mixed drives and cuts to the basket with low post offense and the occasional three-pointer to sprint to a big lead early. A putback by Cody Caraway in the first two minutes of the game and a pair of free throws by Ty Birkes with 35 seconds left in the first were all Davis could muster offensively.
The Wolf offense came alive in the second, but they were still unable to slow down the Sulphur attack. A 17-12 advantage for the visitors in the second swelled the lead to 36-16 at halftime.
Davis stepped up its offense in the third quarter, holding Sulphur to just five points in the frame. They also focused on getting the ball inside to Birkes. He made four buckets in the paint for the Wolves, but the home scored just 11 in the frame, not nearly enough to get back in the game.
With the losses the Davis girls fell to 9-5 on the season, while the Wolves dropped to 1-11. Both teams were set for a trip to Purcell on Tuesday with their next action coming at home on Friday against Bridge Creek.
Friday will be homecoming with coronation scheduled for 5:45 p.m., followed by the boys game and then the girls. Vouchers are required to enter. Each player and homecoming participant gets four vouchers for family and friends to attend.
Girls Game Summary
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 5 2 8 14 – 29
Sulphur 11 10 10 6 – 37
D – Jordan Brown 11, Chloe Summers 6, Logan Pruitt 4, Morgan Scott 3 and Jacie LaNoy 2.
Boys Game Summary
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 4 12 11 5 – 32
Sulphur 19 17 5 11 – 52
D – Ty Birkes 12, Jacob Gain 7, Raydyn Amos 5, Cody Caraway 3, Tuff Hammons 3 and Kolton McGaha 2.