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    (MIKE WILLIAMS | THE GRAHAM LEADER) Steers sophomore Riley Lanham has six points, five rebounds and four assists in the Steers’ 74-45 loss at Burkburnett Tuesday night. Lanham is one several freshman and sophomores gaining varsity experience early in their high school basketball careers.

Steers show improvement in loss at Burkburnett

Steers coach Kris Hise said he saw the best game his team has played all season. For two quarters, the Steers fought and kept the game close. Burkburnett scored 40 points while holding the Steers to 18 in a 74-45 win.

The Steers entered the game still searching for their first win in the district. The Bulldogs are contenders along with Hirschi for the district championship. This leaves the Steers battling Iowa Park, Mineral Wells, and Vernon for the final two playoff spots in the district.

Over the first eight minutes, the Steers and Bulldogs played a close game, battling back and forth for the lead. The Steers held a small lead for the final time at the 2:21 mark with an inside basket by senior Ben Williams. Following Williams’ basket, the Steers were held scoreless for two minutes as the Bulldogs, enjoyed a 6-0 run by Terrance Newton. Levi May earned an assist on a basket by Lawson Wenninger with 20 seconds remaining to stop the run. Following a buzzer-beater, the Bulldogs led 18-14 halftime.

Following a combined 1-3 from the free-throw line to open the quarter by the Bulldogs, the Steers scored four-straight points to cut the deficit to one for the final time. May scored the first basket. Wenninger picked up the ball following a Williams block and returned it to Williams under the basket for an inside jump shot.

For the rest of the story, see the Jan. 29 edition of The Graham Leader.

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