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Basketball Teams Return to Conference Action 

TO THE HOOP. Senior Jake Parker put 9 points on the board for the Wolves in Arbuckle Winter Classic Tournament Action. The Wolves won at Bridge Creek and lost to Pauls Valley at home. (Photo by Lexy Poyner, Wolf Pack Yearbook Staff Member.)

By Jeff Mapes
Following their recent success in the Arbuckle Winter Classic, the Davis basketball teams returned to conference play with games against Pauls Valley and Bridge Creek.
The Lady Wolves, champions of the AWC, earned a split this past week. Davis lost to Pauls Valley at home Jan. 10 but responded with a victory at Bridge Creek Jan. 13.
The Wolves, who finished third at the tourney, dropped both games to the Panthers and Bobcats.
Girls’ Games
Pauls Valley 53, Lady Wolves 43
These two teams battled throughout the first half with both squads trading leads. An 8-2 run in the first quarter gave Pauls Valley a 17-11 advantage at the end of the period.
The Lady Wolves answered with a 9-0 run in the second and led 22-19. Pauls Valley tied the score at 22-22 on its fourth 3 of the half.
There was one tie and two lead changes prior to halftime. A 10-3 run pushed the Lady Panthers to a 29-25 margin at intermission.
Kensley Barnes tied the game for Davis at 32-32 on a free throw with 2:22 in the third. The Lady Wolves had its first lead of the second half at 35-32 on a Chloe Summers 3.
Pauls Valley outscored the Lady Wolves 5-1 the final 1:25 of the third and led 37-36.  Pauls Valley used a 4-1 run to start the fourth for a 41-37 margin.
Davis cut the lead to 41-39, but another 5-0 Lady Panther run put PV up by seven at 46-39.
Pauls Valley led by eight late before settling on the 10-point final.
“I’ve been doing this for 25 years and I know when you win a tournament and you put so much energy, mental and physical, to win that tournament, a lot of times that next game you’re just drained,” said Lady Wolves head coach Jeff Brown. “It looked like we were.”
“We were so mentally drained, and we made so many mental mistakes defensively,” Brown continued. “In the fourth quarter it looked like fatigue set in on us.”
Summers paced the Lady Wolves in scoring with 17 points, including three 3s in the third quarter. Barnes, Jacobi LaNoy and Preslee Hunt each scored eight.
Lady Wolves 33, Bridge Creek 28
Davis trailed 8-5 at the end of the first quarter. Summers and Morton combined for nine points in the second to salvage a 14-14 tie at halftime.
Hunt’s two 3s in the third sparked an 11-8 scoring advantage and a 25-22 lead. The Lady Wolves outscored Bridge Creek 8-6 in the final period despite going 4-8 from the free throw line.
“We did not play well at all,” Brown said of his team. “Things that we had been doing really good, we didn’t do good. We didn’t handle the ball well; we didn’t shoot the ball well.”
Hunt nailed three 3s in the game and finished with 13 points. Summers scored seven while Barnes had five.
“I ended up being very proud of them,” Brown said. “After everything that could go against us we still figured out a way to win.”
The victory evens the Lady Wolves’ record at 7-7. Davis is now 2-5 in the conference.
Boys’ Games
Pauls Valley 61, Wolves 2
The Wolves hit two field goals and seven free throws in the first half and trailed 27-11 at halftime.
Davis made two free throws in the first quarter and were held scoreless from the field until Dalton Hefley’s basket with 3:55 in the second.
Tyson Moss scored with 45 seconds before intermission for the Wolves’ only other field goal.
Pauls Valley’s largest lead in the second half was 31 points at 55-24.
“Coming off that Saturday and our best game of the year, it’s hard to keep that momentum sometimes,” said Wolves head coach Dakota Blackwell. “We came out a little flat and we had trouble scoring the ball. They stretched out a lead.”
Moss led the Wolves in scoring with nine points. Hefley and Jake Parker each scored five while Wyatt Fielding and Dakota Carter had four.
“We just weren’t on our A-game that night and they were,” Blackwell continued. “We just weren’t at our best.”
Bridge Creek 61, Wolves 29
Davis again struggled scoring, posting six points in the first quarter and nine for the half.
Bridge Creek led 19-6 at the end of the first quarter and 34-9 at halftime.
“They’re just as talented as anybody in our conference,” Blackwell said of the Bobcats. “They want to play at a fast pace, and we played to their hands early.”
The Wolves hit three field goals in the first half and committed 16 turnovers. For the game Davis turned the ball over 25 times.
The Wolves also allowed Bridge Creek to 15 offensive rebounds and 40 extra possessions.
“That’s just not a recipe to have success,” Blackwell said. “We’re having a hard time scoring right now, and if we don’t take care of the ball, it can get away from us.”
Carter scored all his team-leading seven points in the second half. Moss had six, Hefley had five while Parker scored four.
The two losses drop the Wolves to 5-9 overall and 0-7 in the conference.
Davis hosted Sulphur Jan. 17 for its only game of the week. Next week, the Wolves will travel to Washington Jan. 24 and to Purcell Jan. 27.
Girls Game Summaries
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 11 14 11 7 – 43
Pauls Valley 17 12 8 16 – 53
Davis- Chloe Summers 17, Kensley Barnes 8, Jacobi LaNoy 8, Preslee Hunt 8 and Shelby Courtney 2.
Girls Game Summaries
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 5 9 11 8 – 33
Bridge Creek 8 6 8 6 – 28
Davis – Hunt 13, Summers 7, Barnes 5, Mattie Morton 4, LaNoy 2 and Courtney 2.
Boys Game Summaries
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 2 9 11 10 – 32
Pauls Valley 8 19 23 11 – 61
Davis – Tyson Moss 9, Dalton Hefley 5, Jake Parker 5, Dakota Carter 4, Wyatt Fielding 4, Spencer Clinton 3, Tye Barnett 1 and Braxton Griffin 1.
Boys Game Summaries
Team 1 2 3 4 – F
Davis 6 3 15 16 – 29
Bridge Creek 19 15 16 11 – 61
Davis – Carter 7, Moss 6, Hefley 5, Parker 4, Clinton 3, Fielding 2 and Nick Pruitt 2.


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