By Dalee Barrick, staff writer
Hoping to capitalize on the home school advantage in their second meet, the Waurika Academic Team took on a determined Central High on Thurs., Sept. 15.
Due to a wise category selection in the 60 second lightning round, the Bronchos were able to pull ahead of the Eagles and win the first game, 140-90.
In the second game, the Eagles pulled it together and came back to defeat Central, 140-100.
Last year the Eagles were in this same situation where they would win a game and lose a game. They just couldn’t seem to put two games together to win a match outright.
“It’s disappointing only winning one of our two games, especially after starting off our season with two wins against Comanche,” said Junior Braden Woods. “Most of the time the lightning rounds are extremely difficult and you don’t know what they’ll be (could be literally anything), and you don’t know how well your opponent knows the categories. You just have to go with the flow.”
After each game, the winner has the choice to select one of three categories or defer to the other team for the 60 second lightning round. If deferring after the first game, the team who deferred has first choice of the categories. Even if a team wins both games, they could still lose due to bad choices made in the 60 second rounds. It’s like getting the luck of the draw.
“I was extremely pleased with our performance this week.” Coach Ann Hodges said. “Lightning rounds can make or break you, and Jordan Winton picked a math category which helped us win the second round.”
The next academic meet is at Waurika on Thurs., Sept. 22. The Eagles will take on the Velma Comets at 4:30 p.m. in the WHS band room.