HOLCOMB — By the time the Holcomb girls removed the 0 from the score board, Dumas was already up 10-0.
The Demons used a full-court press right from the start, cruising to a 19-6 lead after the opening period on their way to a 44-36 win over the Longhorns in the second day of the Clarion Inn Roundball Classic.
Holcomb was just 4 of 22 from the floor in the opening half, but they managed to cut into the Dumas lead in the third, getting it down to nine points midway into the period, thanks in part to eight points from Darien Mader.
The ‘Horns started the third with three straight field goals before hitting a scoring drought that saw Dumas increase its lead back to 12.
Holcomb outscored the Demons 13-12 in that quarter, one of the bright spots for coach Nathan Novack, who watched his team fall to 0-3.
“After the first quarter, I felt like we played with them,” Novack. “But we got frantic when we saw that press. A lot of it was because we weren’t going to the right spots. Having miscues like that is going to affect us.”
Still, the ‘Horns were in striking distance, down nine at the break, but both teams found scoring difficult, with free throws accounting for all the scoring until Dumas’ Macie Medrano hit a layup with just over two minutes to play.
Holcomb didn’t hit a field goal the entire final period until Teryn Teeter hit a turnaround shot at the buzzer.
“We started breaking their press, taking care of the ball a little bit more in that fourth quarter,” Novack said. “We got looks through our transition, through our half-court sets, inbounds. Just couldn’t find the hole.”
Macie Medrano of the Demons led all scorers with 19 points, including three 3-pointers. Courtnee Mild added nine points.
Teeter led Holcomb with 12 points, with Mader adding 10.
Holcomb, which outscored Dumas 22-18 in the second half, was just 10 of 43 from the floor.