Hooker goes for 9th consecutive win tonight in Guymon Print
Friday, 28 January 2011 12:53

• Leader & Times
After Tuesday’s 7-point win over Beaver — their eighth in a row — the Hooker Bulldogs hit the road to Class 4A Guymon tonight seeking their ninth consecutive win. But they’re doing it against a Guymon team that is having one of its best seasons in years.
“This is a brutal part of the schedule right now, it’s a grueling part,” Hooker head coach Bud Valerius said after Tuesday’s game.
The win was even more impressive considering how tough Beaver is, and how sick some of Hooker’s players were. Some are still under the weather heading into tonight’s game.
The Lady Bulldogs will be evenly matched against the Lady Tigers, who are without the services of 6-foot-2 post Vanessa DeWilde.
• In other action tonight, Liberal returns for a rare home game against Wichita Sunrise Christian. Both Liberal teams have already faced Sunrise, last weekend in Colby’s Orange and Black Classic. The Redskin boys (7-5) played well last Friday against an extremely tall and talented Sunrise team that has multiple Div. I college recruits. Sunrise is led by 6-foot-10 Gabriel Olaseni, 6-9  Eric Katenda, 6-8 Lawrence Fejowkwo. 6-4  guard Buddy Hield is also a force.
Liberal’s girls (7-5) placed fourth in Colby with a big win over the Sunrise girls on Saturday in Colby as Justice Norah drained a school, career and tournament record 42 points.
• Southwestern Heights (9-2) returns to action tonight on the road at Hi-Plains rival Leoti. The Lady Mustangs got 27 from Heidi Brown in a 60-46 win over Leoti in last Saturday’s third place battle at the Hi-Plains League tournament in Garden City.
The ladies dropped out of the Top 10 in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association after falling to Elkhart in the semifinals of the Hi-Plains League tournament.
The Mustang boys (4-7) got back on the winning track with a 49-33 win over Elkhart in the Hi-Plains consolation final on Saturday.
• Back in the Oklahoma Panhandle, the Forgan Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 in the state in Cass B with an 18-2 record, brings a 9-game winning streak back to Forgan to face No. 17 Arnett (13-8). The Wildcats are fresh off a third place finish in the Bi-County tournament.
The No. 14-ranked Lady Bulldogs (12-8) look to get back on the winning track against the unranked Lady Wildcats (8-14) who are reeling from a 64-43 loss to No. 1 Hammon on Tuesday.
• The fortunes have changed for the better in Turpin, where both the Cardinal boys (9-10) and girls (4-15) are coming off impressive wins. The Cards handed Tyrone just its third loss in 16 games on Tuesday night and the Lady Cards grabbed a solid win over the Lady Bobcats, the second in a row for the ladies.
But Turpin is in for a reality check tonight when they travel to Laverne to face the Tigers. The Laverne boys are currently unranked, but sport a 15-4 record after recently winning the Buffalo tournament and hammering Class B Waynoka by 24.
Laverne’s girls were 9-8 overall heading into their game Tuesday against Waynoka.
• Tyrone hopes to find its winning ways again when Keyes comes to town for the Bobcats’ homecoming. At 13-3, Tyrone is having one of its best seasons in years, but suffered a setback at Turpin on Tuesday. But they’re playing a Keyes team that they’ve already beaten handily this season.
At 3-14, Keyes has beaten Hardesy, Felt and Boise City this season.
The Lady Bobcats (7-9) have also easily beaten Keyes this season.
• In Beaver, the Duster boys are hoping to regroup after a tough 7-point loss at surging Hooker on Tuesday, but they face a Texhoma Red Devils team that’s hoping to get back to winning after falling in the championship of its own tournament to that same Hooker Bulldogs team.
Coach Greg Higgins’ team is 9-8 overall, three of those losses have come against Hooker — all by four points or less.
The No. 11 Beaver Lady Dusters (18-2) struggled at times against a taller Hooker Lady Bulldogs team in a 15-point win on Tuesday, and will face the same problem tonight in the Duster Dome against Texhoma’s Lady Red Devils. Texhoma is 11-6 overall under first-year head coach Davis Forsythe.
The Lady Red beat Hooker by 12 in the third place game of the Texhoma tournament, and their losses have come to Top 20 Class A and B squads Balko, Sieling and Merritt, as well as Texas schools Gruver and Spearman.
All girls games begin at 6:30 p.m. tonight with the boys games to follow.

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