By Bruce Campbell Staff Writer



With five starters back from a 20-7 state tournament team, Oklahoma Bible Academy girls coach Mark Shuck expects a little bit of a bull's eye on his team's back.

"It will be interesting to be a team that everyone is gunning for,'' Shuck said. "We have a tough early schedule that will challenge the girls to play at a high level."'

That challenge will begin tonight when the Lady Trojans travel to Garber for the first half of a 6:30 p.m. girls-boys basketball doubleheader.

The Lady Wolverines have added transfers Alyssa Fuxa of Covington-Douglas and Haley Hayton of Billings to a team that went 17-11 last season. Garber beat Kremlin-Hillsdale 84-42 in its season opener Friday behind 23 from Fuxa, 21 from Carly Schnaithman and 18 from Kelli Kimmell.

"You talk about a great game to open the season with,'' Shuck said. "Both teams will have a good idea of where they are at offensively and defensively. We'll see some of our weakness expose right off the bat."'

OBA returns 6-0 senior post Faith Garrard (9.8 ppg and 5.3 rebounds), 5-10 junior forward Jordan Williams (12.5 ppg and 7.3 rebounds), 5-10 junior forward Bridget Shuck (7.3 ppg and 4.1 rebounds), 5-5 junior guard Kiley Woodard (6.5 ppg and 1.9 rebounds) and 5-5 junior guard Staci Maddox (3.7 ppg and 2.9 rebounds).

"We have had a lot of good scrimmages,'' said coach Shuck. "We're in a pretty good spot with all the experience we have returning. It's time to start playing ballgames so we can find out what we need to improve on."'

OBA's boys three starters in Larin Wiens, Lenny Juliano and Travis Mendel. Blake Thomas and Zac Hake will join them in the starting lineup. John Fugate and Garrett Hamm will be the first ones off the bench.

"It makes it a lot easier going into the season when you have some experienced players you can go to,'' said Trojan coach Devon Schafer. "We're always ready to start playing. We have had a lot of practices. We're ready to play somebody other than ourselves."'

Garber opened the season with a 52-43 win over Kremlin-Hillsdale behind 17 points from Chase Vencl and 16 from Cody Bond.



In other county games (girls records listed first):

Lomega (3-2, 4-1) at Cimarron (4-1, 2-3) -- Cimarron's girls have won four straight. Erin Roush leads the attack with a 13.0 average. Lomega has lost only to unbeaten Dover and Class A power Okarche. Meghan Winters is averaging 21 points a game while Hillary Winter is averaging 14.8.

Lomega's boys are led by Jacob Stangl (24.6) and Scotty Beauchamp (13.6). The Raiders have only lost to Okarche. Cimarron is trying to break a two-game losing streak. The Blazers are led by Zack Fielder (10.6)

Dover (5-0, 1-4) at Drummond,(1-4, 1-4) -- Dover's girls already have wins over such powers as Lomega, Okarche and Depew. The Lady Longhorns have a powerful 1-2 punch in Jody Munkres (21.4) and Krista Bullis (17.8). Drummond has lost four straight. The Lady Bulldogs are led by Erica Christner (15.0) and Katelyn Earl (10.6).

Dover's boys record is deceiving. The Longhorns have lost four straight. The losses have come to powers Calumet, Lomega, Okarche and Depew. Devon Thrash is averaging 19.5 points. Drummond has lost four straight. Eric Swart has scored 30 points in the last two games.

Kremlin-Hillsdale (0-0, 0-0) at Mulhall-Orlando -- Kremlin-Hillsdale's girls and boys try to come back from season-opening losses to Garber. Bethany Schmidt had 14 points in a 84-42 loss to the Lady Wolverines while Brenton Wampler had 16 points in a 52-43 loss to the Wolverines.

Waukomis (1-0, 1-0) at Medford (0-0,0-0) -- The visiting Lady Chiefs opened the season with a 35-27 win over Braman behind 14 points from 5-3 guard Sarah Grantz. Medford returns three starters from last year's 9-13 team -- 5-11 senior Jessi Johnson (11.0 ppg and 8 rebounds), 5-8 senior Kalicia Junghanns (5.0 ppg) and 5-8 junior Taryn Kretchmar (6.0 ppg).

Waukomis' boys beat Braman 67-40 in its opener Friday behind 22 points from Cody Gragg and 18 from Colton Maly. The Cardinals return seven players with starting experience from last year's 12-12 team -- senior guard Joe Liley (10.9 ppg), sophomore center Matt Lebeda (7.1 ppg), senior guard Cody Misak (10.1 ppg), sophomore guard Trevor Kretchmar (3.9 ppg), senior center Trey Maltby (3.8 ppg), senior post Tyson Misak (2.9 ppg) and sophomore post Tyrell Maltby (1.0 ppg).



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