OKLAHOMA CITY —
The solid start continued for Alex basketball on Friday, with both the girls and the boys coming away with victories over Verden.
The Alex girls' team defeated the Verden Tigers 64-38, and the boys followed that up with a 71-55 win.
The first quarter started off slow defensively for the Longhorns giving up three point shots and failing to secure rebounds. Senior Holly Anderson helped get the defensive intensity picked up by scoring off of turnovers and fast breaks.
As the game went on, seniors Tessa Langford and Jordan Washburn got more and more active from three point range. As the Tigers' defense opened up, the Longhorn’s started to separate themselves by penetrating down low only to dish it out to the experienced shooters on the flank.
“We run the drive and pass a lot” head coach David Rosenberg said about the Longhorn offense. “We have a lot of girls who can shoot well and have a lot of speed. It’s a fun way to play and I think the girls really enjoy it.”
The Longhorn’s effectiveness continued late in the game, and at one point in the game the Longhorns scored on five straight three point attempts.
The Alex boys started out strong in the first quarter, quickly moving into a double digit lead.
The Longhorn’s shots mostly came from under the basket from Junior Jacob Otey and mid range jump shots from senior point guard Shaedon Castor.
The Tigers tried to adjust by moving players into the paint but the Longhorns started to pass the ball to the perimeter with even center Otey making three point shots. At halftime the Longhorns had a sixteen point lead.
Verden closed the point gap early in the third when Alex was in foul trouble and gave up some open shots. But the final frame belonged to the Longhorns.
“We felt like we had advantage with size” coach Isaac Byrne explained. “We wanted to get under the basket and use our size to make good shooting chances.”