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Davis faces area foes on back-to-back nights

Good, local competition tested the Davis basketball teams last week with hard fought games on back-to-back nights Jan. 17-18. The Lady Wolves found traction offensively and put up two of their highest scoring games of year, with a win and loss. The Davis boys played solid basketball early in both games, then struggled to keep pace in a pair of losses to Wynnewood and Sulphur.
Davis 56, Wynnewood 39
For a team that has played a lot of low scoring games, the first quarter of a home win over Wynnewood was the strangest eight minutes of the season. Just 6 days removed from a game that saw 48 total points, Davis and Wynnewood combined for 38 in the first quarter of the DHS homecoming game.
Not only was the quarter high-scoring, it was incredibly close as well. Just 63 seconds into the game Chloe Summers knocked down a three-point shot and gave the Lady Wolves the largest lead of the first quarter. The opening frame saw 9 ties and four lead changes as both teams pressed and both teams found ways to break the press and get to the basket.
Summers was hot in the first, scoring nine points to lead the Lady Wolves, who put in two or three normal quarters worth of baskets in the opening eight minutes.
The problem was that the visiting Lady Savages matched them. The game was tied 19-19 going into the second . . . . but things quickly changed.
Davis kept its offense rolling while putting the clamps on defensively. The Red-and-White blitzed Wynnewood, 14-2 in the second quarter to take a double-digit lead to halftime.
Davis used defensive steals, fast breaks and inbound plays to score early in the quarter before Summers and Jacie LaNoy buried a pair of backbreaking three-pointers toward the end of the half. Wynnewood didn’t score for over seven minutes to start the quarter and the game started to get out of reach because of it.
Wynnewood got it down to a 10-point game at one point in the third quarter, but savvy play by Davis’ senior duo put down any thoughts of a comeback. LaNoy got a steal and set up Logan Pruitt for a layup. Then it was Pruitt with a steal and layup on her own. LaNoy then hustled an offensive rebound for a putback and just like that the lead was up to 15 points, 42-27 with just 9 minutes left in the game.
The offensive outburst was an encouraging site for the Lady Wolves, who picked up their ninth win of the season in the process.
Sulphur 48, Davis 44
On Jan. 18 at Sulphur, it was a different story. The Lady Wolves fell further and further behind for three quarters and then mounted a huge comeback in the fourth that came up short.
Only Summers and Pruitt were able to get on the board in the first quarter as Sulphur opened a 13-7 lead. That advantage swelled to 12 points by halftime as Davis struggled to slow down the Sulphur offense.
It was 39-26 when the fourth quarter started and Davis came storming back. The Lady Wolves racked up 18 points in the frame, while holding the home to just nine points, but they lost three starters in the process. Pruitt and Kensley Barnes both fouled out and Summers went out with an ankle injury.
She had five points, including a three-point play in the fourth quarter before leaving the game. LaNoy added a pair of big three-pointers and Pruitt added five points on 3-of-4 free throw shooting as the big three tried to will their team to a win. Instead, Sulphur was able to hang on for a four-point victory.
Wynnewood 54, Davis 31
The Davis boys took the court before the girls on homecoming night and hung tough against a long and athletic Wynnewood team. The Wolves scored first on a backdoor cut by Raydyn Amos and made Wynnewood come out of its zone defense and play them man-to-man. That led to a defensive struggle in the first quarter with Davis matching their neighbors to the north. Wynnewood led 7-6 at the start of the second.
The Savages went ahead by four on a three-pointer midway through the quarter, but Davis fought back with a pair of buckets by senior Cody Caraway that cut the visitors’ lead to 16-14 with just 1:45 to play in the first half.
Wynnewood took the lead up to seven points with a three-pointer in the final minute, but Dalton Hefley answered with deep shot of his own with just 20 seconds left to make it a four-point game at halftime.
The Savages solved the riddle in the third quarter though. They held Davis scoreless for nearly six minutes to start the second half and buried a trio of treys in the frame to stretch out a 36-23 by the end of the third.
Then, a 7-0 run to start the fourth pushed the lead to 20 points and put the game out of reach for the Wolves.
Sulphur 63, Davis 40
The Wolves again hung tough early in the second night of a back-to-back against Sulphur. Five different players scored in the first for Davis, which played solid defense as well. If not for a trio of triples by Mace Mobley, Davis would’ve had the lead by the end of the first quarter.
Unfortunately for the Wolves, the second quarter saw Sulphur turn an 11-9 ballgame into a 29-18 lead by halftime. The third quarter was similar as the Bulldogs outpaced Davis by more than a two-to-one margin for each of the middle quarters. By the start of the fourth, the home team led by 20 and coasted to a victory.
After the back-to-back nights, the Davis girls were 9-6 on the season, while the boys fell to 3-12. Both teams got the rest of the week off before a set of home games against Purcell on Tuesday. Their next games will be at Bridge Creek on Friday night.

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