Lions, Lady Lions split with Buffs in McAlester
By Zach Maxwell firstname.lastname@example.org
McALESTER - Four Lions got into the double-digit scoring column on Tuesday in a 74-61 win over the Buffaloes.
The win also improves Durant to 9-10 this season and thus one victory away from double digits in the win column as well.
Skye Lowe led all Lions with 17 points. He left the game with 11 seconds to go after a hard foul from one of the Buffs on a breakaway lay-up. Derek Penz substituted for Lowe at the free throw line.
Zac Cater and James Donelan scored 15 apiece and Will Engle added 14 second-half points. Tyler Stovall scored six, Taylor Cox had five and Lucas Wright scored two.
McAlester led the game 17-13 after one quarter, but the Lions outscored the Buffs 18-9 in the second to take over. Engle’s eight points in the third quarter helped Durant build a 10-point lead before the Buffs started to come back.
McAlester got as close as five points before the Lions pulled away.
Durant will host Chickasha next Tuesday for senior night before wrapping up the regular season on Feb. 21 in Duncan.
McAlester girls 36 Durant 34
The streak continues for the Lady Lions, who let one slip away on Tuesday in a 36-34 road loss to the Lady Buffs.
Durant led through the entire first half but McAlester took its first lead early in the third. The game teetered until the very end, with a pair of free throws from Rheagan Jones giving the Lady Lions a 34-32 lead in the closing minutes.
A turnover off of a timeout doomed Durant, as they were forced to foul the Lady Buffs. McAlester scored their final points on free throws.
Jones led the Lady Lions with 13 points, Makayla Patton had six, Alexa Richards and Ciera Taylor had five each, Kylie Manning scored three and Summer Simeroth had two.
Durant raced out to a 5-0 start thanks to Richards. The Lady Lions led 8-6 after one quarter and got back to a five-point margin on a three from Jones before the Lady Buffs got within 19-18 at the break.
Patton struck first in the third for a slim 21-18 Lady Lion advantage before McAlester scored eight straight. Durant was able to tie the game before McAlester scored once more to take a 30-28 lead into the fourth.
The Lady Buffs led 32-28 when Simeroth scored her basket, then Patton and Jones hit four free throws to get the lead back in Durant’s hands. Ciera Taylor had an important defensive stand in between the free throws to keep McAlester from scoring.
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