The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 7, 2014

EHS splits with Elk City

Enid News and Eagle

ELK CITY, Okla. —  The No. 15 Enid Pacers had five players in double figures in defeating Elk City 63-60 Friday night for their fifth straight win. It was the first game this season the Pacers have had more than three players in double digits.

Andi Pierce and Abby Lee led the scoring parade for Enid (13-5) with 16 points each. Haven Bay added 11 and Savannah Blasi and Grace Enmeier had 10 points apiece.

“Balanced scoring makes a difference,” said Enid head coach Robb Mills, who was pleased with the team’s effort against the Class 4A Elkettes (10-9), a team Enid also defeated earlier this season, 45-39 in overtime at home.

The Pacers led 27-21 at halftime after trailing 12-9 in the opening period.

“In the first half we played really good defense,” Mills said. “They made some good adjustments, but we were able to score right there with them.”

Both teams found the scoring mark in the second half, but the difference proved to be at the foul line, where Enid was 15-of-18 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter.

“We were being aggressive and held the ball a while and they had to foul,” Mills said. “Our free throw shooting was good.”

The Pacers held a six-point lead late at 63-57 until Elk City drained a three-pointer just before the buzzer to make the final score 63-60.

“We’re playing well right now,” Mills said. “There are some things we need to work on, but we’re pretty happy with the way we’re playing.”

Elk City 58, Plainsmen 42

In the nightcap, the host Elks, ranked No. 17 in 4A, defeated the Enid Plainsmen 58-42. The setback was the fourth loss in the last five games for the Plainsmen, who fell to 2-16 on the season. The win raised Elk City’s record to 13-6.

The loss also was the second of the season against Elk City, which defeated the Plainsmen 73-53 at home on Dec. 6.

The Plainsmen were without Marcus Moore, who missed the game due to illness, and were led in scoring by Donovan Kuhlman with eight points.

Enid went deep into its bench early in what Plainsmen head coach Ryan Wilkinson said was a tightly called contest in the first half, with 20 fouls being whistled.

“They called it tight early and we didn’t adjust,” Wilkinson said. “Our bench played well when they were called upon,” All of our bigs (Mike Majors, Devon Edwards and Randy Porter) had two fouls by the second period.”

But the Plainsmen were hurt by missing from close range.

“There were several occasions when we missed a layup and they scored in transition,” Wilkinson said. “We just aren’t scoring enough points, and it’s hard to win games when you can’t score.”

As he did in the first meeting, the Elks’ Luke Lewallen led all scorers, this time with 25 points, down from his 38-point effort in the previous meeting.

Enid’s girls and boys returns home to the Enid Event Center Monday against Lawton at 6:30 p.m. in a matchup that has been postponed twice, and plays rival Stillwater at home on Tuesday.