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Teams like Cache at the crucial juncture

With playoffs already here for some and rapidly approaching for others, high school basketball teams reside at the season's most crucial juncture. Obviously, a good time to sweep out every corner and play your best ball.

Losing 3 of 4 games isn't desirable, but for Cache's boys it was hard to avoid. Inevitably, their schedule has hardened. When the Bulldogs started the season 5-0, head coach Zack Ange knew the road would get rockier.

And it certainly has.

Cache (11-8) lost 63-56 in overtime last Friday to an underrated No. 18 Elk City team, to go with losses against second-ranked Anadarko and Class 5A No. 15 Altus over the past two weeks. On a positive note, Ange said the Bulldogs, who beat Clinton in that stretch, are learning to play with a rotation that has gone 13 players deep at times.

"I think we're getting better, we've just had a tough stretch," Ange said. "We've played a tough schedule (recently). We knew that going into it. But we've had some games we could have pulled out."

Cache stayed within 10 points of both Elk City and Altus. Cache, if it survives Friday's districts against a Purcell team that took Anadarko to overtime not long ago, will see Elk City in the first round of regionals. That's a tough playoff draw on the back end of a jam-packed schedule to end the season.

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