Top boys seeds advance in County tournament
Comanche County's basketball coaches knew what they were doing when they seeded teams for the annual tournament.
The top four seeds won Tuesday's games at Great Plains Coliseum to move into Friday's semifinals.
No. 1 Cache opened play with an 80-18 victory over Geronimo and No. 2 Sterling fought past Indiahoma, 53-43. Chattanooga, the third seed, had an easier time in a 65-35 victory over Elgin but No. 4 Walters had to regroup to claim a 51-41 triumph over Fletcher.
The teams take the day off today. The girls return to action Thursday with Geronimo meeting Chattanooga at 5 p.m. and Indiahoma facing Fletcher at 6:20 in consolation semifinals. Championship semis match Elgin-Cache at 7:40 and Walters-Sterling at 9.
The boys will be back Friday with consolation and championship semis.
Championship, third-place and consolation championship finals are on Saturday's agenda.
Cache 80, Geronimo 18
Everyone got into the act as the top-seeded Bulldogs took control with a 22-point first quarter. Coach Lonnie Nunley used all 15 players and everyone scored.
The leader was senior center Kolten Nading with 13 points. Of those, 11 came in the first eight minutes when the Bulldogs' full-court pressure forced turnovers that led to easy goals.
"He's really starting to progress," Nunley said. "He's got a good mindset. He comes into every game mentally ready. He knows he's supposed to go in and rebound. He's pretty focused, taking care of business. He's getting better every game. That's exciting to watch."
Geronimo's leader was senior Jordan Gooday with 13 points. He was the only Bluejay to score until late in the third quarter.
"We came in and did what we were supposed to," Nunley said. "These games make me a nervous wreck; this whole tournament makes me a nervous wreck. But the kids came in and did what they were supposed to do.