Hooker gets 2 big wins in the ‘Doghouse’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2013 16:02



By John Plestina
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HOOKER—Perhaps the only thing missing in Hooker’s “Doghouse” gymnasium Tuesday night was the familiar recording of the barking bulldog fans hear at football games after every Hooker touchdown.

There would have been a lot of barking. The Lady Dogs and Bulldogs put up a combined total of 118 points against the  Eagles from Walsh, Colo.

Both Hooker teams had close calls during their games with one key player missing on each Hooker team.

Joe Bean is out this week due to being ill. He is expected back on Friday when the Dogs play in Moscow, Kan.

Kyra Cathcart sustained a shoulder injury during the Arapaho Tournament three weeks ago and will miss the remainder of the season.

Both players have led their Bulldog teams with consistent double digit scoring and strong defensive play.

Bulldogs 62, Eagles 45

Playing Beanless Tuesday night, perhaps some Hooker players realized how much they depend on the senior team leader.

Hooker led Walsh 13-10 at the first quarter break and 26-24 at halftime, after several second quarter ties and Walsh leads.

The Dogs adjusted and extended a 44-30 lead at the end of three periods and a 56-42 finish.

“When these seniors play together as much as they do and you take one out of the mix, it’s kind of like they’re missing body parts,” said Hooker head coach Chad Hussey.

Then the Bulldogs made the adjustments they needed to make.

“They realized they didn’t have that big man (Bean) inside that can take it to the rack anytime,” he said.

Taylor McBee led with 13 points, followed by Chad Kennedy with 12 and Gabe Morales with 10. McBee recorded three 3-point goals, Morales sank two and Kennedy and Brandon Gomez each had one.

Lady Dogs 62, Lady Eagles 45

The Lady Dogs controlled all four quarters of their game against Walsh, leading 17-4 at the first quarter break, 38-17 at halftime, 51-37 after the third quarter and a 62-45 finish.

“We had stretches where we didn’t play very well. I feel we settled down and played well,” said Hooker head coach Ray Kennedy.

“The first half we had a big lead. They (Walsh) missed a lot of easy shots early. When that happens they are going to start falling,” he said.

Besides playing without Kyra Cathcart, the Lady Dogs were dealing with post tournament lag,” Kennedy said. They played Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Texhoma Tournament.

Mariana Cervantes poured in 24 points for the Lady Dogs. Jade Cathcart recorded 13 and Shania Miller had 12. Miller sank two 3-pointers and Jessica Ugarte had one.

 
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