Ongoing weather conditions are hurting the varsity Cubs’ regular season schedule as they were only able to play a single game during the Graford Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 5. That game, against sixth-ranked 1A Graford, resulted in a 58-46 loss.
“It’s been up and down,” Coach Carl Pennington said. “It’s a learning process. We’re still young.”
Pennington said the Cubs are in a restructuring phase following the loss of powerhouse players Derrick Paul and Bret Johnson to graduation in May, and is still looking for its footing with seven juniors and one sophomore making up the team.
“It’s going to take a while,” he said. “We need someone to step up and be a leader.”
While the results so far this season are not what most fans would like to see, Pennington said he likes the improvement he is seeing.
In the first period versus Graford, Olney matched Graford nearly point-for-point but trailed 14-12 at the buzzer. Graford pulled ahead in the second to lead 30-19 at the half. In the third period, the Cubs posted 16 points to Graford’s 20, and finished with 11 in the final frame.
Cooper Pulliam led scoring for Olney with 13 points, followed by Taylor Thompson and Lane Spivey with eight each, Robert Colgan with six, Tracey Jones with five, Ethen Guerra with four and Austin Whitsitt with two.
Olney played at Graham Tuesday night, and as of Wednesday morning was still seeking a weekend game since the match scheduled versus Stamford was canceled.
On Monday, Dec. 16, the Cubs are scheduled to play at Burkburnett.