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Comanches squash Highland Park in hoop action

January 7, 2012

West Texas High senior Alex Ramirez #10 goes up with the nice finger-roll lay up in the first half. PHOTO BY DON RICE

West Texas High hosted the Highland Park Hornets last night in their last tune up before District action begins on the 9th. The Tribe had a twelve point lead during the second quarter, and in fact, the Hornets only get their second basket of the game with 4:56 left in the half. But, theirs is a story of two halves, they made it a game in the third and most of the fourth, until the Comanches slowly edged away to take the win 51-28. The win gives WT High a 15-5 record going into Loop play.
It was all Comanches in the opening quarter. Nathan Forrest, Spencer St. Charles, Chase Elliott, Ty Lay, and Clay Berry each had a bucket. Point guard Alex Ramirez fed the ball inside to Elliott and Lay for points. Ramirez and Carlos Juarez were both 1-2 at the foul line. The Hornets made their only basket of the quarter early and WT had a 12-2 lead at the end of one.
The second quarter started kind of slow for both teams offensively. Ramirez put in the first score of the period with a score in the paint at the 5:16 mark. The Hornets followed suit on a basket with 4:56 till the half. Elliott had a great steal and got the ball to an awaiting Ramirez going to the hoop for a lay up. Forrest also had a sweet steal and made a crazy lay up as he was being toughly defended by a lone Hornet. St. Charles also swiped the ball on an in bounds pass and fed it to Ramirez for two. At the half, WT led 21-12.
The Highland Park coach must have really chewed out his team at the half, because those guys were a different ball team in the third. They played very physical ball, literally throwing themselves all over the place. They created havoc for the Tribe causing 10 team turnovers. They were called for several fouls and Ramirez was at the free throw line often. However, the usually accurate foul shooting Ramirez was cold at the line in the third going 1-5. Elliott had two buckets for WT, Ramirez had one, and Forrest one. The Tribe was clinging to a seven point lead at the end of three, 30-23.
The fourth quarter was definitely ugly for the Hornets. The Comanche defense caused eleven HP turnover. Three of their players fouled out of the game and the coach got a Technical foul. Out of 21 team points in the period, 17 of them were free throws. Ramirez continually had 2-3 players all over him as he was attempting to bring the ball down court. He spent most of the quarter at the free throw line attempting 20 shots and making 15 of them. Forrest and St. Charles both had buckets. Elliott and Juarez were 1-2 at the foul line. The Hornets got within seven halfway through, but the Tribe kept them at bay and pulled away for the win 51-38.
The Comanches and Lady Comanches will be in District action Tuesday, but will not be at home again until the 13th when they host Sunray.
Ramirez led the team in scoring with 26 points. He also had 10 rebounds, 3 steals, and a blocked shot. Forrest had 8 points, 4 boards, and a steal. Elliott scored 7, had 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. St. Charles scored 4, grabbed 6 boards, and had 2 blocks. Lay, Juarez, and Berry each had 2 points.

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