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City teams back after brief hiatus

Two city schools hit the road for tough tests and one will stay at home to face an area foe as all three Lawton public schools take the hardwood tonight after a flu outbreak canceled games on Friday.

MacArthur hosts Altus while Eisenhower heads to Choctaw and Lawton High visits Midwest City.

All three matchups are set to start at 6 p.m. with the girls contest, followed immediately by the boys games.

Highlanders host Altus with playoffs in sight

The last time the MacArthur girls played Altus, they got a closely contested 44-40 victory in the semifinals of the Chickasha tournament back in early January.

The games following that win were tough for MacArthur coach David Vann and his girls. They lost their next two and then beat Duncan by three in overtime. But the biggest difference was the offense, both in terms of pace and production.

Through their first eight non-overtime games of the year, the Highlanders were averaging 50.1 points per game. In the three-game span following the win over Altus, Mac was scoring just 38.3 points per game. Vann said he challenged his team to get back to what made them successful prior to the Christmas break.

"We were walking the ball up, moving slow," Vann said. "So I had a meeting with them after the Duncan game, and asked them, 'What do we do best? We run the court.' So for the most part, we're getting back to what we do best. We're getting steals, we've had fast starts and we're doing the little things."

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