DURANT - Durant teams got back in the win column with a sweep over Southeast Six Conference counterpart Hugo Friday.
The Lady Lions evened their season record to 6-6 by thumping the Hugo Lady Buffaloes, 45-17. The Lions improved to 7-5 after their, 54-39, victory.
Durant will host Ada Tuesday before venturing into tournament competitions. The Lady Lions begin play in the Southern Oklahoma Classic at Lone Grove Thursday. The Lions will travel to Altus to play in the 36th Annual Clester Harrington Shortgrass Invitational.
The girls open against host Lone grove, 6:40 p.m. Thursday. The Lions will also take on host Altus, 8 p.m., Thursday.
Lauren Hughes helped stake the Lady Lions to an early 6-0 lead with two 3-pointers to open the contest. The Lady Lion defense executed the zone to perfection, holding Hugo to a single free throw in the first period.
Durant led 10-1 after the opening quarter, and built a 16-1 lead before Hugo got its first field goal of the game at the 3:46 mark in the second quarter.
Katy O'Steen poured in eight of her game-high 14 in the first half, while Hughes and Regan Browne added six each to spark Durant to a 25-7 lead at intermission.
The Lady Lions continued to their stingy ways, outscoring Hugo 10-5 each of the last two periods. O'Steen finished with a double-double by grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds. Hughes and Browne reached double digits with 10 points each, while the Lady Buffs, were held out of double figures.
Ayanna Jackson and Kassie Shoals each had six points for Hugo. Courtney Conditt added three for Durant, while Felicia Renegar, Kenna Chaffin, Jessica Nguyen and Kaci Robinson added two points each. Robinson also provided six rebounds.
It was all Durant early as the Lions opened the contest on a 12-0 run led by Jarryd Mathews, and outscored the visitors 20-4 in the first period. Mathews opened the scoring at the foul line before knocking down a pair of 3-pointers. Colby Gardner scored eight of his game-high 18 points in the first quarter.
T.J. Langley had both of Hugo's baskets in the first period, but Rolando Johnson scored eight in the second to help get the Buffs out of its scoring slump.
Durant still managed to maintain its lead, outscoring Hugo, 15-14 in the second period. Led by Shaun Brown's six points, including 4-of-4 shooting from the foul line, Durant never led by less than 15.
Durant built its lead to 19 in the third quarter, and went up 22 points before calling off the dogs in the fourth period.
Mathews finished with three, 3-pointers and 10 points for his first double-digit scoring performance of the season. Bo White was the only other Durant player in double figures with 10. Will Robinson had a strong game defensively with three blocked shots and two steals to go along with five points and five assists. Austin Ennis added a 3-pointer, and Jake Boyd rounded out the scoring with two.
Langley finished with 14 points, while Johnson hit double digits with 12 for Hugo.