While much of the focus was squared on the Black Diamond Tournament this past weekend, the Marlow Outlaws and Lady Outlaws were busy making some noise of their own at the Lone Grove Invitational.
While the Outlaws rebounded to claim the consolation championship on the boys side, the Lady Outlaws made a run before falling in the championship game to Washington.
IDABEL 56 MARLOW 44
Before his team’s game against Idabel, head coach John Garrett had said IHS was capable of winning a close ball game.
Turns out that observation was very accurate.
A 28-21 scoring advantage in the second half turned out to be the difference as the Warriors claimed the first round meeting over the Outlaws.
“We played a hard fought game against Idabel,” Marlow coach John Garrett said. “There were a lot of things we did right, but we just ran out of time. Idabel made their free throws down the stretch so that’s why the score turned out like it did.”
With the game tied at 15-15 after one quarter, the Warriors outscored the Outlaws 13-8 in the second to take a 28-23 lead into the locker room for halftime.
Jackson Huddleston led the scoring for the Outlaws with 12 points followed by Wes Coast with 11 points. Braeden O’Dell added nine points with Zac Beasler putting in eight points.
Kirby Neufeld put in four points in the game.
MARLOW 80 LONE GROVE 60
In game two of the tournament, the Outlaws took out their frustration on the host Longhorns, gaining their second victory over LGHS this season.
“Our guys really shot the ball well against Lone Grove,” Garrett said. “We took them out of the game early and were able to establish the tempo against them.”
A 34 point first half effort was followed by an impressive 46 points in the second half as the Outlaws broke their three game losing streak.
Lone Grove found itself down 34-25 going into the halftime break.
Wes Coast and Braeden O’Dell each scored a team-high 21 points with Jackson Huddleston adding 15 points. Kirby Neufeld put in nine points while Zac Beasler scored eight points. Nathan Crowson rounded out the scoring with six points.
MARLOW 63 TALIHINA 60 F/OT
Marlow went about doing things the hard way in the consolation championship game against Talihina.
After being down by as many as 10 points in the third, the Outlaws managed to fight back and tie the game in the fourth quarter before outscoring THS 13-10 in the overtime period.
Going into the halftime break, it was all square at 19-19 before THS took a 34-27 lead at the end of the third quarter.
MHS (8-5) outscored the Golden Tigers 23-16 in the fourth to force overtime.
Jackson Huddleston paced the Outlaws with 19 points with Braeden O’Dell scoring 17 points. Kirby Neufeld added 13, while Zac Beasler put in 11 points. Wes Coast put in three points.
Marlow will be on the road against Little Axe on Tuesday night before traveling to Bethany on Friday night with both games set for 8 p.m.
MARLOW 49 TALIHINA 45
The Lady Outlaws found themselves in a close game in their opener.
After being down 10-8 following the first quarter, MHS stormed back to claim a 27-23 halftime lead and never look back in downing the Golden Lady Tigers.
Both teams scored 27 apiece in the second half, but it was Marlow who advanced.
Ashley O’Dell scored 18 points to lead the Lady Outlaws while Avery Walker added 16 points.
MARLOW 69 WALTERS 65
Another close game beckoned for the Lady Outlaws in the semifinals, but once again they were up to the challenge.
Marlow survived against class 2A Walters with a four point victory.
Ashley O’Dell scored a team-high 29 points with Avery Walker adding 17 points. Diamond Morris also put in 11 points.
In the finals, the Lady Outlaws (7-5) fell to Washington as the Lady Warriors got a measure of revenge from earlier this season.
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MHS will be on the road facing Little Axe on Tuesday before going to Bethany on Friday. Both games are set to begin at 6:30 p.m.