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Texhoma boys, girls and Hooker Bulldogs end season

February 25, 2013

Sophomore Moises Garay hits a free throw against Laverne during Area Playoffs Saturday evening. The Red Devils ultimately fell to their competitors with a final score of 61-49. Staff photo/Allison Gipe

Three basketball seasons ended Saturday evening for Texhoma’s boys and girls as well as Hooker’s boys. Although disappointed, each head coach was extremely proud of the game their teams played. The Lady Red Devils lost to Seiling, 58-44, Texhoma’s boys fell to Laverne, 61-49 and the Hooker Bulldogs came up short with a score of 82-68 against Pioneer.

The Lady Red Devils concluded their season Saturday afternoon after a hard-fought game against Seiling with a final score of 58-44. Head Coach Britton Gabriele said the girls had a rough start in the first half of the game, behind by 15 points - then the girls rallied.

”We had a timeout and told them this could be it, so we have to do what we can do and try to cut that 15 points down by taking on one possession at a time,” Gabriele said. “We were finally able to cut it to three points at halftime, so we went on a little run there and got back into the ballgame.

“I think, overall, our problem was that Seiling got to the free throw line and shot 33 free throws and we only shot 16 - that was a huge difference in the ballgame, and we got into early foul trouble.”
Of their performance, Gabriele said his girls have made strides they likely didn’t realize they could achieve.

“These girls have had a different coach for the past three years,” Gabriele said. “So, naturally there was an adjustment period. But as the season went on, everything started clicking for them.

“This was a big goal for us, we wanted to make it to the Area Playoffs - and we did,” he continued. “It has been quite awhile since these girls have been to the Area Playoffs. It was an entirely new experience for them. I am so proud of how they progressed throughout the season.”

As for the girls having to get acquainted with a new coach next year, Gabriele said absolutely not - he will be staying in Texhoma and is looking forward to what the next basketball season holds for the Red Devils.

“We have some junior high girls coming up,” he said. “I am looking forward to getting to know them and seeing what this team can do.
“No,” he said with a laugh. “I’m not going anywhere. I am already looking forward to next year.”

The Texhoma boys also ended their season Saturday with a loss to Laverne with a final score of 61-49. However, Coach Greg Higgins said the loss was not due to a lack of heart on the part of the Red Devils.

“They jumped out on us early,” Higgins said. “We were just behind steps today and had a hard time getting any stops. Our shooting percentage, I think was 35 percent total. Shots weren’t going down for us, we weren’t getting any stops and we weren’t getting any breaks either.”

Collbran Larsen led the Red Devils by putting 17 points on the board for his team, Bryson Beattie had nine points, Nathan Knitig did well.
As far as the season, in general, Higgins sang nothing but praises for his Red Devils.

“We finished up 18-10,” he said. “Looking back, we kind of struggled in January and had a rough couple of stretches. But they progressed real well and we had a great run here at the end.

“I was proud of them, they went out and played really well,” he added.
“We had some seniors that really put a good run together at the end. It really gives these younger ones a taste for what it is, and hopefully they will strive to keep doing the same thing.”

After two disappointing losses, the Hooker Bulldogs boys also bid farewell to their basketball season Saturday evening. Head Coach Chad Hussey said they boys tried hard, however, it just wasn’t happening for them against Pioneer with a final score of 82-68.

“We just fell flat the first quarter,” Hussey said. “We were pretty equal after that, the first quarter just killed us.

“They just gave every bit of effort they had left in them,” he added. “We lost a heart breaker Friday against Pawnee in overtime by one. I just don’t think we had the legs that is why we came out flat against Pioneer. This is the second year in a row they have eliminated us.”

Joe Bean lead the scoring for the Bulldogs with 22 points, Chad Kennedy followed suit with 14, Gabe Morales with 13 and Taylor McBee with 11.
As for the season, Hussey is proud of his team and is already looking forward to next year.

“We had a great season, 20-5, and we won quite a few tournaments,” he said. “I have enjoyed the kids and how hard they worked for me. We just really had a great year. I am really proud of our boys.”

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