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Altus falters against Anadarko to end 2018

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The 2018-19 high school basketball season hasn’t been kind to the Altus Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs, and on Tuesday, things got a lot worse as both teams played their final games before Christmas break.

The Bulldogs will have a chance to redeem themselves when they head to the Holiday Classic in Duncan two days after Christmas, but the Lady Bulldogs have played their final game of 2018 and will have to wait until Jan. 5 to rebound from three straight losses.

The games were never going to be easy. The Lady Bulldogs were taking on Class 4A’s fourth-ranked Anadarko Lady Warriors while the Bulldogs were dealing with Class 4A’s fifth-ranked Warriors. Even with the tough task ahead, both Altus teams were expecting to compete and come out on top.

For the girls’ team, the game got out of hand quickly as the Lady Warriors built a 20-8 first quarter lead and never looked back.

Altus had no answer for Kaylee Borden, Kimberly Stephens and Lexi Foreman who seemed to score at will. Borden led a second quarter charge by scoring eight of the Lady Warriors’ 17 points to give Anadarko a 37-13 lead at the break.

Altus struggled through the first three quarters with Lakysia Johnson scoring the bulk of the Lady Bulldogs’ points. Johnson had six of Altus’ eight points in the first quarter and two of Altus’ five points in the second quarter. Only Haley Leyja, who knocked down a triple in the second, and Kaylen Carroll, who chipped in two in the first, made it on the stat sheet before halftime.

In the third quarter, Leyja knocked down another three and Jordan Benway added two to push Altus to 18 points through three quarters. Meanwhile, Anadarko saw its best quarter yet with six different players getting involved to push the Lady Warriors’ lead to 59-18.

By the end of the game, Anadarko had scored 78 points to Altus’ 30 with Borden scoring 16 and Stephens and Foreman each adding 12.

For Altus, the fourth quarter was the Lady Bulldogs’ best showing on the court. Jerzey Ybarra knocked down two two-point field goals as did Johnson. Carroll added a bucket as well to give Altus a 12-point quarter. But the free-throw line continues to be a problem for the Lady Bulldogs who finished 0-of-8 from the line against Anadarko.

Johnson led Altus with 12 points while Leyja chipped in six and Carroll and Ybarra each finished with four.

The boys didn’t fare any better, but they did manage to keep things interesting through the first half of play and trailed Anadarko by just four points, 25-21, going into the break.

It was in the third quarter that Anadarko was able to pull away thanks to the heroics of Christian Braveheart who scored 13 of his 20 points in the quarter. Up until the break, Altus’ Carson Pickett was guarding Braveheart and kept him locked down and limited to two first half points, but after halftime, Anadarko switched things up and Braveheart broke free to lead the Warriors to victory.

For Altus, Pickett led all scorers with 11 points, most coming by way of the free-throw line where he knocked down 6-of-6 in the third and fourth quarters. Tim Gloria knocked down a pair of three-point buckets to finish with six points and Derek Beach added a three and a free throw to finish with four points.

The Bulldogs will travel to the Holiday Classic in Duncan on Dec. 27.

Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.

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