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Coaches recap week at Quarterback Club


January 12, 2018

ALVA, Okla. – The Alva Quarterback Club returned to its regular meetings on Tuesday after taking a couple of weeks off for the holidays. Both basketball coaches from Northwestern Oklahoma State and Alva High School were in attendance for the gathering, reviewing the previous week’s action for their teams, and giving a preview of what is to come.

Bugs Go 3-1 Between Meetings

Alva boys coach Shane Feely was pleased with the play of his Goldbug (8-2) team as they had gone 3-1 since the previous meeting. On Jan. 2, the Goldbugs were victorious in the first game of 2018 over Blackwell, 44-33.

“We played pretty well defensively. We needed to make some adjustments offensively with some new things they threw at us this time,” Feeley comment on the win over the Maroons.

The Bugs followed the Blackwell win by bringing home the third-place trophy at the Wheat Capital Tournament at Chisholm High School in Enid. Feeley was pleased with the way the Bugs started the tournament against Perry saying they played well defensively yet again and they defeated Perry 62-43.

However, Alva ran into a “buzz saw with Kingfisher” in the tournament semifinals, suffering a 97-38 loss. “They have got a tremendous team that is mainly made up of freshman and juniors. We learned quite a lot from that game,” said Feely.

His squad answered in the third-place game by knocking off class A No. 3 Pond Creek-Hunter 72-67. “That was pretty important for us because it was the first ranked opponent we had been able to defeat.” Kingfisher is the top team in class 4A.

Feely felt pleased with the direction the Goldbugs were headed after the week. “We made quite a bit of progress … and look forward to moving on into the season.”

Ladybugs Rebound at Wheat Capital

Much like the Alva boys team, the No. 11 Ladybugs (8-2) also went 3-1 during the week between meetings, recording the first of two wins against Blackwell on Jan. 2, 40-27.

“Played pretty well through three quarters. Pulled it out in the fourth quarter and made them come guard us, turned it over a couple of times and they made a little run at us down the stretch,” mentioned Ladybug coach Dusty Horn. “We pulled out a three-point win, so good win for us to start the week.”

At the Wheat Capital, the Ladybugs suffered a first-round setback against Chisholm, before knocking off Pond Creek-Hunter and Blackwell to earn the consolation championship. Payton Jones averaged 19.7 points in the three games at the tournament to earn her an All-Tournament Team spot.

Alva began the tournament with a first-round setback to the host squad Chisholm.

Horn said the Ladybugs “played probably the best half offensively of the year in the first half. We shot the ball well, moved the basketball and got good looks. Came out in the second half and didn’t play our best half, and lost a close one at the buzzer.”

Despite his squad’s struggles in the second half, he was quick to help take some of the blame. “Poor coaching down the stretch, didn’t have the girls in the right spots and aware of the situations.”

Horn added that the Ladybugs didn’t have their best effort defensively in the second game of the weekend against Pond Creek-Hunter. However, the Alva girls held on to defeat the Lady Panthers 37-31.

“We tried to get out and pressure the basketball and let them dribble around us a little too much. We’ve really been working on our man-to-man defensive and getting out and guarding the ball during practice this week,” Horn said in review to the tilt with the Lady Panthers.

The Ladybugs followed up with Blackwell in the consolation finals, coming home with a 41-25 win.

“We played pretty well. We played zone for the first time all year. It was a good look for us, so we might be playing just a little bit more zone in the future. Hated to lose the way we did on the first day, but we bounced back and got two good wins.”

Ranger Men Continue to Roll

Northwestern (9-2 overall, 5-2 GAC) men’s coach Shawn Dirden continues to have his squad firing on all cylinders. They opened the spring semester with a pair of conference wins against Southern Arkansas, 84-63, and defending Great American Conference regular season defending champions Arkansas-Monticello, 83-78.

“It was a great night for us,” Dirden said addressing the SAU win. “We did a lot of things we were wanting to do and just nice to get back to business.”

The Ranger head man spent some time recapping the win big win over UAM. Dirden mentioned how the Boll Weevils had come over a good win over SWOSU in its previous contest.

“Our number one goal was to live up to our end of things. I was really excited about our play. Cody Halverson had one of his Cody Halverson moments. He went six-for-six in the first half from three and got to the foul line to give us a great spark. It allowed our defense to lock in as the duration of the game went.”

Dirden talked about the advantage the Rangers have playing at Perceful Fieldhouse. “We did what we wanted to do. We want to play well at home in front of a great crowd. We shoot well at home. It’s a good tough stretch of games, but that’s what we expect in the Great American Conference.”

Lady Rangers Bounce Back After Setback

Last Thursday night at home, the NWOSU women suffered one of their more disappointing losses of the season against Southern Arkansas. The Lady Rangers (7-5 overall, 3-3 GAC) held a large lead heading into the locker room at halftime, but struggled in the second half, suffering a 63-59 loss.

“We played one really good half of basketball and one really ugly half of basketball,” Lady Ranger coach Tasha Diesselhorst said. “We couldn’t come out in the second half, we lacked energy and couldn’t get stops on the defensive end.”

Despite the disappointment, Diesselhorst felt like her team learned a lot. “I think following that game the girls learned a lot about how you have to approach each game, and the energy and effort you have to enter into each game, no matter the opponent.”

“I was really proud of the girls in how they came out on Saturday.” Northwestern came away with a 78-69 win over Arkansas-Monticello. “The energy was a lot better on Saturday rather than Thursday. We had contributions all over the floor.”

“I was proud of the bounce back effort after not playing well on Thursday, and coming out on Saturday and being ready to play.”


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