Hydro-Eakly girls sweep games at Apache


APACHE — The Hydro-Eakly Lady Bobcats basketball team might be short-handed, but they won both games they played this past week in the Apache “Slick Hills” Invitational tournament.

Friday, they defeated Big Pasture, 85-25, and Saturday, they defeated Boone-Apache, 74-40.

“We are starting to turn things around,” coach Jeremy Tharp said. “We are playing good team ball and had good assists and rebounded well. We got out and ran really well. We have been waiting for games like this.”

Hydro-Eakly 85, Big Pasture 25

Hydro-Eakly played really well on offense, scoring 49 points in the first half and they were ahead 49-6 at halftime. Hydro-Eakly continued to make plays in the second half and won the game by 60 points at 85-25. Tharp said their pressure was too much for Big Pasture to handle. Rees Berkey scored 30 points and Kira Berkey scored 17 points.

“Big Pasture could not handle our pressure,” Tharp said. “We played really well and played as a team.”

Hydro-Eakly 74, Boone-Apache 40

Kira Berkey scored eight of Hydro-Eakly’s first 13 points in the game. Hydro-Eakly had no trouble in this game, but Tharp suited up a manager and a cheerleader because the manager got hurt and Hydro-Eakly won the game 74-40. Macey Buss was the leading scorer with 33 points and Kira Berkey scored 13 points.

“We played zone defense to make the score not look as bad,” Tharp said. “We played well in the first half and played excellent team ball.”

Hydro-Eakly improves to 10-3 on the season and they played a game Tuesday night at Geary. They return to action, 6:30 p.m. at home against Canton.

“After losing three games in the Mustang tournament and coming back last week, we just need to go out and have some fun,” Tharp said. “I thought this last week was neat with all the scoring from different girls and playing as a team. It is fun to share the basketball. We are trying to take it one game and one practice at a time. I told my girls we cannot have any pity on ourselves because other teams are going through the same things we are.”