upends Eagles by 30
If Bryan County basketball fans wanted to see what all the Coleman fuss was about, then Thursday was their chance.
The sizable senior-laden Wildcats (No. 10 among Class B teams in Oklahoma) pummeled Victory Life Academy 66-36. Hunter Evans scored 24 points, and Coleman also had hot three-point shooters in Colton Stephens and Lucas Hamilton.
Coleman (5-2) took an 18-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. Evans scored 11 in the second quarter as the Wildcats poured on the points, 26-6 for a 44-12 halftime lead.
Zach Hestily led the Eagles (1-3) with 16 points, scoring 14 of those in the second half. Josh English had 11, Hunter Principe hit a late three, while Chase Stampley, Austin Waterman and Connor Harrison scored a bucket apiece.
Victory Life won’t have long to worry about the loss; they host Class A No. 12 Boswell (3-2) at 8 p.m. tonight.
Girls: Lady Wildcats win close one against VLA
Coleman’s Lady Wildcats escaped with a 35-33 win over the Victory Life Academy Lady Eagles on Thursday.
The close decision left both teams with even records on the new season. Coleman improves to 3-3 while VLA fell to 2-2. The Lady Eagles will host the Boswell Lady Scorpions at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
Victory Life let a 26-22 lead to start the fourth quarter slip away as the Lady Wildcats won the free throw battle down the stretch. Both teams were in the penalty on fouls within the first two minutes of the fourth.
Coleman went on an 8-2 run to take a 30-28 lead with 2.5 minutes to go. Sarah Roesler tied the game for VLA before Coleman went back ahead on free throws.
In the final minute, the teams traded turnovers and the Lady Eagles missed a pair of three pointers. Coleman took a 35-32 lead on another free throw, and Amy Roesler went to the line with six seconds remaining and went one-for-two to get within 35-33.
The Lady ‘Cats committed a turnover beneath the VLA basket, but the Lady Eagles could not get a bucket before the buzzer sounded.
Chancie Johnston led Coleman with 12 points and Kami Sharp added seven. For VLA, Michaela Woodall scored 11 before fouling out; Amy Roesler finished with eight, Sarah Roesler had six points and seven rebounds, Macie Bufkin and Sierra Kinnamon scored four each.