Comanche fans mulled around in the dim, dank area outside the west locker room at State Fair Arena. Then slowly, a clap began. It echoed off the concrete walls and floor, then grew faster and louder, peaking when the town's girls basketball team emerged after a post-game talk they've only experienced once this season.
There was disappointmentin the team's only loss, but there was excitement and hope, too.
"Our wrestling program sent eight kids to State, we had a state champion," Comanche girls basketball coach Sean Hushbeck said. "For our girls to come up this week and do the same thing, it's exciting for Comanche. People here are excited, they're excited about the school and the athletic program."
It took 27 games for Comanche to lose this season. The Indians ran into a Tahlequah Sequoyah team that proved to be a worthy state champion, rolling to a 57-20 victory in the Class 3A girls finals Saturday in Oklahoma City.
Comanche's undefeated season wasn't in the cards, but this run won't be forgotten soon. Even without a championship, reaching the finals without one blemish is a pinnacle few programs ever reach, let alone one that had just two wins in 2012-13.