By Phil Sandoval
Guymon Daily Herald
HOOKER — Homecoming basketball games raise concerns among coaches. Even for veteran skippers like Ray Kennedy.
“There’s all these different distractions that are going on. It’s all good.
But, sometimes we don’t play as well as we could have, because we’re thinking about other things than our opponent,” said the Hooker girls coach.
Collectively, the Bulldogs eased Kennedy’s mind when they stepped on the floor for Friday’s game with Moscow, Kan.
They jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the early moments against the 1-15 Wildcats and never trailed in a 64-26 win. Yet, it took awhile for Hooker to get in sync.
The Bulldogs failed to raise their margin beyond the six-point level until Jayme Walton hit a 3-pointer midway in the first quarter.
Sarah Ferguson’s field goal raised Hooker’s lead to 14-4 at the end of the period.
Then it was on to blowoutville.
Holding Moscow to single digits in a quarter, along with waiting to see who was announced as Homecoming Queen, became equal themes.
Hooker took care of that task when they limited Moscow to a high of 9 points in the third frame.
By then, the game was over.
In those two quarters, the Bulldogs offensive progressively got better.
They outscored Moscow 16-5 in the second period, then hit for a game-high 21 points after intermission for a 51-18 lead.
Shayla Mathis and Lucero Ugarte, led Hooker with 17 and 15 points, respectively.