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Darrington boys, girls basketball beat Concrete

The Darrington boys basketball team suffered a series of turnovers against Concrete, but they recovered in the second half to score a 55-44 victory Feb. 15. -
The Darrington boys basketball team suffered a series of turnovers against Concrete, but they recovered in the second half to score a 55-44 victory Feb. 15.
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DARRINGTON Darrington High Schools basketball teams scored back-to-back wins against Concrete Feb. 9, earning both the boys and girls another set of home games in the Tri-District Tourney Feb. 15.
According to DHS Girls Basketball Coach Benny Bryson, Darringtons girls led the evening at 6 p.m. by countering Concretes high-scoring offense with a solid defense, keeping the game a close contest right up to their 47-44 victory.
It was an emotional night, Bryson said. Some of our girls were royalty in homecoming, so I wasnt sure how much their minds might be in the game. Concrete has the highest scoring offense, but weve got the strongest defense, so we held them down.
Although Darrington was down by eight points during the first quarter, Bryson compared the rest of the game to the back and forth, and back and forth of their previous match-up against Concrete, during which neither side managed to lead the other by more than four points.
Bryson specifically set three of his players against Concretes scoring trio to diminish their drive, and because Darrington had no team fouls until the final 17 seconds of the game, the girls were able to use all their fouls to maintain their three-point lead at the end.
We got to the last second and a half, and Concrete made a desperation lay-up shot, but it was knocked out of bounds, Bryson said. Concrete is a great team, and it was a great game.
Bryson is content with not having a high-scoring team, and instead cited the Darrington girls record of 91 blocked shots this year.
Darringtons boys tipped off at 7:30 p.m., and although they eventually scored a 55-44 victory over Concrete, DHS Boys Basketball Coach Jeff Bryson acknowledged that his boys took a while to get their game on.
We had a bad streak in the first half, Bryson said. Their focus wasnt as good, and we did a poor job. During the lull, they lost their momentum and had a lot of turnovers.
According to Bryson, Darrington recovered in the second half by holding down Concretes scoring, from 27 points in the first half to 17 points in the second, and allowing fewer turnovers, since those can lead to fast-breaks.
Mental focus has been a recurring theme, Bryson said. Theyll play spurts of a game really well, but we let those teams back in. We need to sustain that intensity and continue to execute our offense well. We also need to practice moving and passing the ball, without getting slack.
On Feb. 15, DHS Girls Basketball tip off against the Christian Faith School at 6 p.m., and DHS Boys Basketball will go against the Bear Creek School at 7:30 p.m.

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