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Vanoss clubs fall into Class 2A consolation play

Feb. 24—APACHE — It was not a good trip to Apache for the Vanoss girl's and boys basketball teams.

The sixth-ranked Vanoss girls dropped a tough 32-29 decision to unranked Walters and the 16th-ranked Vanoss boys came out on the wrong end of a 44-31 decision to No. 10 Apache in a pair of Class 2A Regional Tournament contests Thursday night.

The Vanoss girls played Hobart (15-10) and the Vanoss boys met Mangum (13-10) in a pair of 2A Regional Tournament elimination games Friday inside the Vanoss Activity Center. Both teams would play at home again Saturday with Friday victories.

GIRLS

Walters 32, Vanoss 29

Vanoss had the early upper hand, leading 11-6 after the first quarter. The Lady Wolves managed just three points in the second period and carried a slim 14-11 lead into halftime.

The Lady Blue Devils outscored Vanoss 13-4 in the third period to grab a 24-18 advantage. Vanoss tried to rally by outscoring Walters 11-8 in the fourth period but couldn't get over the hump.

Eryn Khoury led the struggling Vanoss offense with seven points. Both Avery Ellis and Caidence Cross followed with six points each. Livi Ellis made the only 3-point basket for the Lady Wolves.

Kynlee Edgmon led the Lady Blue Devils with 11 points. Devyn Edmonds was next with eight points for Walters.

Anne Dyke hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored seven points for the winners.

Vanoss finished 6-of-11 from the free-throw line and Walters sank 4-of-8 attempts from the stripe.

BOYS

Apache 44, Vanoss 31

The Wolves were never able to overcome a cold start as Apache opened the contest with a 14-0 run. The Warriors led 21-10 at halftime.

Both teams scored eight points in the third quarter and Apache edged Vanoss 15-13 in the fourth frame.

The Wolves got a team-best 13 points from Layne Thrower. Logan Hulbutta followed with seven points.

Owen Sheppard, Jarin Factor and Caleb Treat hit 3-pointers for the locals.

Dominick Scott led the way for Apache with 10 points — nine of which came in the Warriors' opening salvo. Jakob Harvey followed with eight points and Champ Bucker was next with seven.

Scott and Harvey made 3-pointers for the Warriors.

Vanoss made only 5-of-11 free throws and Apache finished 8-of-15 from the line.