Apache teams love new home
The coaches and fans aren't sure if the new digs at the Apache Events Center deserve credit for identical 5-2 records for both Apache teams, however, one thing is certain, the new facility seems to be bringing out more fans and their vocal support is doing its part in making this a tough venue for visiting teams.
OK, so the new gym may not yet be rocking like Hoops City in Carnegie and the Anadarko Warrior Fieldhouse but there's definitely a difference and the coaches and players are loving every minute of it.
Last night the Lady Warriors coasted to a 52-25 victory over Sterling and nine players did their part to provide the balance that has been a key ingredient in the fast start. That raised the home record to 2-0 with another home doubleheader today at 3 p.m. against Big Pasture.
Des Williams led the Apache girls with 14 points and Megan Beavers added 10 more but it was the other seven players, plus a couple who didn't score, who handled their role and helped the team grab a big win.
Apache girls were able to forge a 13-5 scoring margin in both of a 13-5 scoring margin in both of the first two quarters and that led to a comfortable 26-10 halftime lead. The margin grew even more with a 16-3 scoring advantage in the third quarter.
The Apache boys are also 2-0 at home in their new gym after taking a 62-42 victory over the visiting Tigers. In that game Jacob Flores and Tyler Lookingglass each scored 13 points and Austin Vail added 12 to overcome a huge 28-point game by Chance Smith of Sterling. Just three other Sterling players scored and their 15 points wasn't enough to offset Apache's balance.
Elsewhere around the area last night, Cyril took a doubleheader from Chattanooga, 63-23, in the girls game and 71-37 in the the boys. Chatty girls stuck with the Pirates for a quarter, trailing by six, 18-12, at that point but Cyril cranked up the intensity on its press and forged a 30-9 scoring bulge in the middle two quarters to assume command. Fayth Laughlin had 14 and Brooklyn Rackley 12 for the Pirates.
Geronimo also was able to earn a sweep last night, that coming at home against Frederick. The Bluejays earned a 69-34 win in the boys game while the Geronimo girls forged a 56-32 decision.