BIG SPRING — The Steers (5-8) put on a thrilling performance Friday in front of a home crowd, going down to the wire in overtime to edge the Stanton Buffaloes (11-2) 44-43.
Big Spring started off strong, scoring 13 unanswered points in the first period, but Stanton's offense started to click during the second quarter and pulled within five points at the half.
“We're trying to incorporate a new offense,” BSHS Head Boy's Basketball Coach Cliff Thompson said. “We looked good early and we got not-so-good in the middle, but really, that had a lot to do with Stanton. It would have been easy at 20-3 for those kids to fold it in and quit, but they played their rears off, shot the ball well and they did everything they could to win. Luckily, we made a couple shots when we needed it.'
The victory marked the third overtime win in as many OT appearances for the Steers.
“That's what I told them to start overtime,” Thompson added. “We've been here before, play hard, but play calm — do the things we did in the first quarter — get some turnovers, score in transition and we'll be fine.
Thompson was pleased with his team's poise.
”You never know how high school kids are going to respond when you are up, but then lose the lead. (Stanton) had all the momentum for a while, but for our kids to step up when we needed to and get the rebounds when we needed to — all those little things — I couldn't be happier with how they responded in that situation.”
The Steers will be traveling to Lamesa on Tuesday. Game time is slated for 8 p.m.
BIG SPRING — It didn't come down to the wire for the Lady Steers (9-7) who defeated Stanton handily Friday at home, 49-30.
Big Spring fell behind early and trailed the Lady Buffaloes 19-18 at halftime. The Lady Steers came out swinging in the third period, outscoring Stanton 31-11.
“We started off slowly,” BSHS Head Coach Mike Warren said. “Our defense kept us in the game until our offense woke up in the third and fourth quarters. Our guards did a really good job — Logan (Yarbar), Julianna (Rodriguez), Dyrshae (Vanderbilt) and Ashley (Ambris) — they all played well. Yaneira (Tuitt) got hot in the second half — that helped open up the outside for our guards. It was a good win for us.”
Yaneira Tuitt led BSHS in scoring with 16 points, Logan Yarbar chipped in 13 and Julianna Rodriguez added eight.
Next up for the Lady Steers will be a home game against San Angelo Lake View on Tuesday. Tip off is set for 6:30 p.m. for varsity, junior varsity will plat at 5 p.m. — both at Steer Gym — ninth grade will play at the junior high at 5 p.m.
COAHOMA — The Bulldogs improved to 8-5 on the season as they defeated Hermleigh in convincing fashion Friday, outscoring the Cardinals in all four quarters. Alex Hill contributed 22 points in the 62-29 victory.
Braxton Iden put up 12 points, Tanner Ruiz added nine and Shanen Warneke had four points and 11 rebound.
Coahoma will meet Howard County rival Forsan at home Tuesday. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m.
COAHOMA — Hermleigh's Lady Cardinals also had a rough outing at Coahoma on Friday as the Bulldogettes notched their fifth win of the season with a 66-26 blowout victory over the Lady Cards.
Julia Castilaw led Coahoma with 12 points while Devine Martin and Kaeli Yeager each chipped in 11. Savannah Neff and Kyla Clanton put up eight points apiece.
The Bulldogettes will face the Lady Buffs of Forsan at home Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
ROSCOE — In Tuesday's 65-55 loss against Garden City, Forsan Head Basketball Coach Gary Huckabee said his team looked “flat”.
The opposite was true Friday as the Buffaloes traveled to Roscoe and and defeated the Plowboys 58-37.
Kade Fannin turned in a dominating performance, racking up 25 points and 14 rebounds. Aric Hernandez added 124 points and 8 rebounds. The Buffs now boast a 7-4 record.
“We played really well as a team,” Huckabee said. “There were a lot of good assists. Everyone seemed to be in the right position at the right times. It was a more cohesive effort than we had against Garden City. The kids played a great game.”
Forsan will travel to Coahoma to meet the rival Bulldogs on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
The Forsan Lady Buffaloes defeated Roscoe on the road Friday, 36-23.
Brittney Hergert was Forsan's leading scorer with 12 points. Jahnia Willard added 9 and Reagan Haggard put up eight.
Forsan will play Coahoma on the road Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Grady (Boys) (7-2), lost to Water Valley, 66-50.
Grady (Girls) (10-4), defeated Borden County, 66-40.
Garden City (Boys) (7-4), defeated Irion County, 81-50.
Garden City (Girls) (12-3), defeated Blackwell, 70-9.