TONKAWA — — Staff reports
Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference leader Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa outscored NOC Enid 19-5 in the last eight minutes to rally past the Jets 58-54 Thursday.
The No. 23-nationally ranked Lady Jets won the women’s game 70-54 behind 19 points from Chelsea Bates and 13 from Marisha Wallace to raise their record to 18-7 overall and 10-3 in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference.
It was the ninth straight win for the Mavericks, who now are 22-3 overall and 11-2 in the conference. The Jets dropped to 17-8 overall and 7-6 in conference.
Phillip Leonard, with two seconds left on the shot clock, hit a jumper with 22 seconds remaining to break a 54-54 deadlock.
Connor Brooks missed a shot which would have tied the game. The ball was batted out twice with Brooks tying up the Mavericks’ Cortez Colbert for possession. The arrow pointed toward NOC Tonkawa.
Colin Voss hit two free throws in the final seconds to give the Mavericks the four-point win.
“It was a good game,’’ said Jets assistant coach Ryan Mahoney. “We had a chance to win. We weren’t able to make shots to win the game.’’
Tonkawa was 23 of 36 from the foul line, compared to nine of 15 for the Jets.
“When the other team makes more free throws than we shot, it’s never a good thing,’’ Mahoney said.
The Jets were up 49-39 after Dalen Qualls canned a three-pointer with a little more than eight minutes remaining. NOC Enid managed only five points after that — a layup by Philip Brown with six minutes left and a three by Qualls which gave the Jets their last lead at 54-53.
“It’s not a lack of effort,’’ Mahoney said. “It’s a lack of execution and being smart. To win, we have to play smart basketball for 40 minutes.’’
Qualls led the Jets with 18 points, while Jeremy Espinoza had 17. Colbert Cortez led the Mavericks with 17 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Leonard had 14 and Colin Voss 13.
NOC Tonkawa led 31-25 at halftime, despite 11 points from Espinoza. The Mavericks closed the half on an 11-2 run over the last five minutes.
Despite the loss, Mahoney said the Jets still control their destiny to finish in the top five and receive a first-round bye for the regional tournament.
“We feel good about our chances,’’ he said. “If we can beat Eastern (Monday), we would almost assure ourselves from playing in the feed-in games. It was a tough loss tonight, but we did play a good team.’’
NOC ENID 70,
NOC TONKAWA 54 (W)
The Lady Jets shook off a slow start to complete a season sweep of their archrivals, who dropped to 3-22 overall and 1-12 in conference.
The Lady Mavericks, who lost to the Lady Jets 75-53 at Enid on Jan. 7, jumped out to an early 6-1 lead and led 26-23 after a basket by Deborah Means with approximately four minutes remaining.
NOC Enid, though, scored the final 11 points of the half to go up 34-26 at intermission and used a 12-3 run to open the second half.
“It was an ugly game on both ends,’’ said NOC Enid coach Scott Morris. “There was no rhythm on both ends. We were able to hit some threes, which gave us some separation.’’
Bates was eight-of-eight from the line and had three 3-pointers. Former Enid Pacer Regan Crowl had 12 points on four 3-pointers and Christa Beasler had 10 points.
Bates gave the Lady Jets a scare late in the first half when she appeared to hurt a knee in a collision with a Lady Maverick player. However, she returned in the second half to score 10 points.
The NOC Enid cagers host Eastern in a 6 p.m. doubleheader Monday. The Lady Mountaineers held a one game lead over the Lady Jets entering Thursday’s action.