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January 7, 2014

Am-Po girls grind out victory




Panthers grab third win against Wayne

Amber-Pocasset boys got a valuable win Tuesday by beating Wayne 55-31 on a night when it seemed no one could miss.

This was especially true for Tyler Miller, who led the floor with 20 points for the Panthers. Murphy Douglas followed his lead to put in 13 points. The win takes Am-Po to 3-7 and gives them a much needed boost ahead of the Grady County Tournament they host in just a few weeks’ time.

Miller couldn’t miss if he tried starting off. After opening the scoring with a pair of free throws, he made his next four three-pointers in a row, quickly taking Am-Po out to a big lead. Wayne answered with some long distance shooting of their own. Tyler Norton sank his first two threes of the night. By the end of the first quarter, though, Am-Po had built up an eight point lead.

The second frame was much closer, with Miller continuing to pull the strings on offense and Zach Fisher carving away at the land for Wayne. Fisher caused plenty of disruption in the Panther defense with a few quick drives. It got him four first half points, but the Panthers went into the break on top. Murphy Douglas used quickness to put in six straight points on fast breaks. Am-Po led at halftime 27-17.

Douglas continued his hot hand after halftime, with a few trips to the foul line and a jumper giving him a fast five points. Neither team could have been happy with their rebounding, especially on the defensive end. Both had multiple second or third chance shots, and Am-Po were able to use that more to their advantage.

Norton led the Bulldogs with eight points.

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