The Moore American

February 13, 2013

Lions run into buzz saw

By Michael Kinney
The Moore American

MOORE — The Moore girls basketball team had a difficult few days last week, on and off the court. Despite battling several injuries, it had to deal with one of the worst defeats in the program’s history.

The Lions first fell to Midwest City 68-23 Feb. 5. It got even tougher Friday when they ran into a buzzsaw. No. 4 Southmoore put the hammer down and ran away with a 101-18 victory at SMH. It was the most points Moore has given up all season. The second most came against the SaberCats again back on Dec. 18 when they lost to SMH 87-19.

Coach Tim Gray would not dwell on if Southmoore decided to seemingly run the score up on his Lions. He wanted to just look ahead to what his teams needs to do to get better.

“I think as best I can put this is that we need to definitely try to get better, which we work on every day,” Gray said. “We did have some girls throughout the game who didn’t quit and played hard. That’s what we are going to choose to focus on. I know there is a lot of negative talk going on right now, and we’re just not going to mess with that. I’ve been doing this 23 years, and I’m not going to stoop down to another level. We try to run a classy program, and that’s all we’re going to be concerned with.”

Moore will conclude its regular Friday when it host the Jaguars. Westmoore ends season against Del City Feb. 20.

Entering this week, Southmoore (18-3) has lost only one game to team in class 6A, and that was to No. 2 Muskogee in the finals of the John Noble Invitational.

Under coach Britney Kannady-Sayes, the Lady SaberCats have a chance to end the regular season undefeated at home and in the Mid-State Conference if they knock of No. 8 Norman North (Feb. 12) then take down No. 16 Edmond Memorial Friday. Last year they finished 11-12.

Boys

After three straight wins against top-20 competition, the Westmoore boys basketball team took on the state’s No. 1 team Friday in Midwest City.

The Jaguars had the same fate as almost every team the Bombers have faced. MWC won 81-43.

The loss dropped the Jags to 13-7 with three games left in the regular season against Norman (Feb. 12), Moore (Feb. 15) and Del City (Feb. 18).

With it’s 53-39 defeat to Moore Friday, Southmoore has lost four of its last five games. It will end the season Friday at home against Edmond Memorial. The Lions final game is Friday against the Jags.

“Just go into it strong, make sure everything is working out, make sure we have good chemistry,” MHS coach Aaron Howell said.