The Durant Lions went head-to-head Friday night in the Lions Den against the McAlester Buffaloes, but the ball didn’t bounce the Lions way as the Buff’s grabbed two wins.
The Lady Lions fell 54-39 to the Lady Buffs and the Durant boys couldn’t catch up with McAlester in a 65-54 loss.
The Lady Lions dug themselves an early hole in the first period that they couldn’t overcome.
Ciera Taylor led the Lady Lions with 16 points, Breanna Simmons came away with 9 points, Christian Chaney pitched in 5 points, Bre Evans and Haley Morgan had 4 points each and Destinee Lewis got a bucket.
In the first the period, Chaney got the lone bucket for the Lady Lions as the Lady Buffs led 8-2 headed into second quarter.
The Lady Lions got their offense going in the second period, but so did the Lady Buffs. McAlester began the period with a 7-2 run. Then Taylor stop the run with back-to-back baskets and trailed 15-8. Then the Lady Buffs closed out the half with a 13-4 run and led Durant at halftime 28-12.
The Lady Lions came out of the half hot when Taylor, Simmons and Chaney combined for a 7-0 run and trailed 28-19. The Lady Buffs countered with two 3-point buckets to stop the run. Both teams traded buckets for the rest of the period and the Lady Lions trailed 42-28.
In the final frame of the game, the Lady Lions were edged in period 12-11 and fell 54-39.
Durant trailed by only one point at the end of the first period, but were outscored 23-11 in the second quarter and couldn’t make up the difference.
Taylor Cox led the way for the Lions with 18 points, Wes Engle had 10 points, Tre Harper pitched in 9 points, Haroon Akhter had 7 points, Tyler Shade had 5 points, Alex Steve finished with 2 points.
In the first period, both teams traded buckets as McAlester edged Durant 10-9. Harper, Cox and Shade all had buckets and Akhter hit a 3-pointer.
The Lions offense slow down in the second period. Engle started the period with a bucket and Shade followed with basket and Akhter made a 3-point bucket. Then McAlester went on a 9-0 run and led 33-17. Durant closed out the period with a 3-0 run at the free throw line.
Durant offense got going in the third period, but the Lions defense couldn’t get stops. But Durant outscored the Buffs in thrid and trailed at the end of the of the third period 47-37. Cox had 8 points in the period, Harper had 3 points, Steve had 3 points and Engle chipped in 2 points.
The Lions couldn’t cut into McAlester’s led as they were outscored 19-17 in the fourth period and fell 65-54. Cox had 7 points in the period, Engle had 5 points, Harper had 3 points and Steve had bucket.
Next up for the Lions is a road trip to Ada on Jan. 19.
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