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February 1, 2013

Weber's memorable home finale comes up short

ENID, Okla. — Reid Weber went out with a bang in the final regular season home game of his high school career.

But not with a win.

Weber scored a season-high 25 points, but a 13-0 fourth-quarter run by Class 2A No. 9 Alva spoiled the Longhorn senior’s sensational night, and the Goldbugs won their 16th straight, 67-57, Friday at Paul J. Outhier Field House.

Weber scored all 25 of his points in the first three quarters, including 18 in the first half, but Alva’s Trevor Johnson scored six of his career-high 21 in the fourth quarter as the Goldbugs outscored the Longhorns on their homecoming 19-9 in the final frame.

“We feed off each other’s energy,” said Johnson, whose previous career mark was 17. “Cody Forell usually hits the first shot, and we all feed off that.”

“Forell and Trevor (Johnson) just need a sliver of room to get off a three and knock it down,” said Alva coach Paul Duncan, whose team hit four threes in the fourth after sinking only three in the first three quarters.

Chisholm (6-14) trailed by 18-10 early in the second quarter, but the Goldbugs (17-2) struggled with foul trouble in the frame, sending forward Cade Pfleider to the bench with his fourth foul  just 30 seconds into the second. The Longhorns took advantage, hitting 8-of-11 free throws in the quarter, and Weber hit a three at the halftime buzzer to bring Chisholm to within 31-30 at intermission.

Weber, who shot 9-for-15 from the field and hit four of six free throws, scored 10 in the second, hitting turnaround jumpers and contested layups to keep his team within reach.

“Man, none of them could miss, especially (Weber),” said Alva forward Lane Madsen, who doubled Weber in the post with fellow front-court players Cade Pfleider and Riley Hess. “He played a good game, but we finally shut him down at the end, and we got the win.”

“I’m happy for him,” Duncan said. “It’s senior night, and he went out with a bang. He was just turning and shooting it, and we were defending, we’re right there with hands up, and he’s making shots. Hats off to him. He had a great senior night.”

The score was tied at 33, 40, 48 and 51, but Madsen converted a three-point play after an offensive rebound and putback, Forell and Johnson each hit threes and Pfleider scored a bucket and two free throws to put Alva up 64-51 and all but seal the win.

“We played with them,” said Weber, who fell one basket short of his career high. “We answered shot-for-shot with them for three and three quarters of the game. They just had a little run on us, and got ahead, and it’s hard to recover from that with not much time left in the game.”

Hess added 15 points and a pair of steals for the Goldbugs, who completed a two-game regular season season sweep of the Longhorns and host Tonkawa at 8 tonight.

Danner Kiernan scored 11 and Caleb Lang added 10 for Chisholm, which visits Watonga on Friday and will have one more game at Paul J. Outhier Field House in the district playoffs.

ALVA 48, CHS 38 (G)

Chisholm scored the opening five points Friday against visiting Alva, but the 2A No. 5 Ladybugs countered with 18 straight, and the Lady Longhorns never could close the gap, losing their final regular season home game, 48-38.

Alva — playing without starter Jayna Hadwiger due to illness — struggled early in the opening quarter, remaining scoreless until the 3:57 mark in the first before Morgan Shiever scored after four straight Ladybug misses and three turnovers to start.

“We played absolutely horrendous, probably one of our worst performances all year,” said Alva coach Eric Smith. “Saying that, any time you can play bad and still win, it’s a good thing.”

Chisholm, 11-9, couldn’t take full advantage of the opening, shooting just two-for-six with two giveaways in the same span. After a timeout, Alva (17-2) scored on back-to-back trips to close the first, and went on to outscore the Lady Longhorns 18-0 over a 9 minute, 45 second stretch as Chisholm missed 12 straight shots and turned the ball over 10 times over the same span.  

“We had to get after them a little bit,” Smith said. “We weren’t playing very hard. Going through the motions. We have a tendency to do that sometimes. We can’t do that, we’re not talented enough, but if we play together, we’re pretty good.”

“Even though we weren’t playing our best, we still had effort, we still played together,” said Alva guard Jaden Hobbs, who finished with a team-high 13 points despite shooting just 3-for-12 from the field. “We just had confidence in each other.”

Lori Riley added 11 for Alva.

Chisholm finished the first half on a 6-2 run to pull within 20-11 at intermission, and two early free throws by Megan Galusha brought the Lady Longhorns within seven at 20-13, but they never came closer.

Galusha, who finished with a game-high 19 points, brought the Lady Longhorns within seven again at 41-34 with a three at the two minute mark, but Alva hit eight of 10 free throws down the stretch to keep Chisholm, which finished with 23 turnovers — at least five in each quarter — at bay.

“Thank goodness we attempted to guard,” Smith said. “If we didn’t play defense, we might have gotten beat tonight.”

Lora Riley scored 11 and Kally Gordon added 10 and three steals for the Lady Goldbugs, who host Fairview Tuesday in their regular season finale. Nicole Middleton scored nine for Chisholm, which visits Watonga on Friday.

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