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Lady Wolves Claim Championship at the Arbuckle Winter Classic

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS. Lady Wolves battled hard at the Arbuckle Winter Classic and came out on top. With only three seniors leading the young team to victory.

By Jeff Mapes

The Davis Lady Wolves basketball team claimed their second Arbuckle Winter Classic championship in three years over the weekend while the Wolves placed third.
Both squads started the week Jan. 3 with losses at Marlow in a conference doubleheader.
The Lady Wolves opened the tournament Jan. 5 with a win over Dibble. Davis faced Marietta the next night in the semifinals in a rematch of last year’s finals in which the Lady Indians won.
The Lady Wolves revenged the loss to Marietta with a victory, then reclaimed the title Jan. 7 with a win over Lexington in the finals.
“It was great. Back on top again,” said Lady Wolves head coach Jeff Brown. “Going in we wanted to try and put three wins and I was proud for the girls.”
The Wolves moved to the semifinals with a first-round win over Ringling. Davis lost to conference foe Lexington on day two.
The Wolves won the third-place trophy with a convincing victory over Marietta.
“That’s what you’re looking for if you don’t win it,” said Wolves coach Dakota Blackwell. “We’re going to be able to compete in all the games we have left and I think we’re getting better and better with each game.”
Girls’ Games
Marlow 35, Lady Wolves 31
Davis competed against the 12th-ranked Lady Outlaws and were down by two with under 30 seconds to play.
The Lady Wolves trailed 33-26 with 2:31 in the game and outscored Marlow 5-2 down the stretch.
“We just didn’t score,” Brown said. “We didn’t shoot the ball very well in that game. We didn’t play bad. They’re a good team and we played right with them and had a chance to win. Just didn’t get it done.”
Senior Chloe Summers led Davis with 14 points including 3-4 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Kensley Barnes and Preslee Hunt both contributed with six apiece.
Lady Wolves 52, Dibble 35
Davis jumped out to an 11-2 lead but a 7-0 run by Dibble trimmed the margin to 11-9.
The Lady Demons continued their run in the second period and took their first lead at 15-14.
Barnes gave Davis the lead for good at 17-15 and the Lady Wolves led 28-24 at the intermission.
Davis built a 12-point lead twice in the third quarter and led by 17 in the fourth.
“We were able to put a lot of pressure on them and we started to get our offense going a little bit,” Brown said.
Hunt nailed five threes in the first half and paced the Lady Wolves with 21 points. Summers scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half.
Mattie Morton had nine while Barnes added seven.
Lady Wolves 39, Marietta 33
The two teams battled the first three quarters with neither squad enjoying more than a seven-point lead.
Kamryn Martin broke a 26-26 tie with a three-point play at the start of the fourth quarter.
Marietta came within one at 29-28, but Jakobi LaNoy put Davis back up by seven at 35-28 with a three and a putback.
“Our kids played hard,” Brown said. “We fought hard and just kept punching. We gave ourselves a chance late and ended up winning it.”
Summers led again with 17 points. LaNoy had eight and Barnes had seven.
The Lady Wolves went 10-25 from the line against Marietta.
Lady Wolves 49, Lexington 35
Davis used a 6-2 run at the beginning of the second quarter to take a 13-5 lead. Lexington answered and trailed by four twice.
The Lady Bulldogs tied the score at 21-21 with a three in the third quarter. Davis then went on a 10-3 run of its own for a 31-24 advantage.
The Lady Wolves outscored Lexington 18-11 in the fourth and held a 17-point lead on two occasions.
“A lot of people don’t realize how big a game that was,” Brown said. “We played them the first game of the season and beat them by 20 points. They’ve gotten a couple of players back and they’ve beaten some teams who have beaten us.”
Hunt and Summers combined for 27 points with Hunt leading with 15. LaNoy had nine including five in the fourth. Morton had eight.
“Some of our younger girls really stepped up,” Brown said. “That was probably Jakobi’s best game of the year and it might have been Preslee’s best game of the year.”
“Mattie is getting better each game,” Brown continued. “When Kensley is on the floor for us, we’re really good defensively.”
Boys’ Games
Marlow 60, Wolves 42
Marlow jumped out to a 9-0 lead which fueled the Outlaws to a 21-10 lead at the first quarter break.
From there, the Wolves played even with the 14th-ranked team in Class 3A.
“Going into the tournament I thought it was the best game we played,” said Blackwell. “Probably didn’t look like it on the scoreboard. We played them even for the rest of the game.”
Dakota Carter led with 11 points. Dalton Hefley hit three 3s for nine points.
Tyson Moss and Spencer Clinton each had eight.
Wolves 59, Ringling 29
Davis opened a 10-0 lead to start the game and led 22-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Wolves stretched the lead to 35-11 by halftime and were in charge 47-23 heading into the fourth quarter.
Nine players scored for Davis including three in double figures. Hefley led with 13, Clinton had 11 and Braxton Griffin had 10.
“We had already seen them early in the year and beat them pretty handily so I was a little nervous we might take them lightly,” Blackwell said. “We jumped out to a quick start and our kids were hitting shots early.”
Lexington 61, Wolves 51
Lexington erased a 7-0 Wolves’ start with an 11-2 run. The two teams played an even game until the third when the Bulldogs went in front 36-19.
The Wolves clawed back and came within six twice at 44-38 and later at 55-49.
It marks the second time this season Davis has fallen to the Bulldogs.
“Lexington has our number right now for some reason,” Blackwell said. “I thought we played a really good first half defensively but our shots weren’t falling and we came out flat in the second half.”
Wolves 77, Marietta 51
Davis held the Indians to five points in the second quarter  and pushed a three-point lead to 18 by halftime.
Again, nine players scored for the Wolves including Clinton who had 19 by halftime and finished with 28. Hefley had 14 and Wyatt Fielding had 11.
“We just came out and played the best game of the season,” Blackwell said. “I was super proud of them. Those guys who came off the bench really stepped up.”
“I want to say thank you to all the sponsors and all the volunteers who worked the tournament,” Brown said. “It couldn’t have been as much of a success as it was without their help and support.”
Girls Game Summaries
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 2 12 7 10 – 31
Marlow 7 11 9 8 – 35
Davis – Chloe Summers 14, Kensley Barnes 6, Preslee Hunt 6, Kamryn Martin 2, Mattie Morton 2 and Jakobi LaNoy 1.
Girls Game Summaries
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 11 17 11 13 – 52
Dibble 9 15 3 8 – 35
Davis – Hunt 21, Summers 13, Morton 9, Barnes 7 and Shelby Courtney 2.
Girls Game Summaries
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 8 4 14 13 – 39
Marietta 8 8 10 7 – 33
Davis – Summers 17, LaNoy 8, Barnes 7, Martin 3, Hunt 2 and Morton 2.
Girls Game Summaries
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 7 14 10 18 – 49
Lexington 3 13 8 11 – 35
Davis – Hunt 15, Summers 12, LaNoy 9, Morton 8, Barnes 3 and Addison Danker 2.
Boys Game Summaries
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 10 10 10 12 – 42
Marlow 21 12 14 13 – 60
Davis – Dakota Carter 11, Dalton Hefley 9, Tyson Moss 8, Spencer Clinton 8, Wyatt Fielding 4 and Dentan Bumgarner 2.
Boys Game Summaries
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 22 13 12 12 – 59
Ringling 6 5 14 6 – 31
Davis – Hefley 13, Clinton 11, Braxton Griffin 10, Jake Parker 8, Fielding 5, Carter 4, Jaxson Bonner 4, Moss 3 and Tye Barnett 1.
Boys Game Summaries
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 12 7 16 16 – 51
Lexington 11 11 21 18 – 61
Davis – Carter 16, Hefley 11, Parker 10, Clinton 9 and Fielding 5.
Boys Game Summaries
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 16 20 22 19 – 77
Marietta 13 5 15 18 – 51
Davis – Clinton 28, Hefley 14, Fielding 11, Moss 8, Barnett 5, Carter 4, Parker 3, Bonner 2 and Griffin 2.

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