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January 15, 2014

Pacers rout Stillwater, boys lose

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Pacers’ strong start put Stillwater in a hole that it could never climb out of as No. 15 Enid held a lead for the entire 32 minutes to come out of Stillwater with a 53-34 victory in high school girls basketball action Tuesday.

The Plainsmen though were hurt by a slow start, and despite a second-half rally, fell to the Pioneers 69-57.

“Anytime you can beat a team like that and share the ball and have three girls in double figures and one with eight and one with six, it’s tough on defenses because people don’t know who to guard,” said Pacers’ coach Robb Mills after the game.

Enid’s balance and stingy defense led the way. The Pacers had three players in double figures. Enid’s Andi Pierce led the Pacers with 12, Abby Lee dropped in 11 and Kylee Vastal chipped in 10 points in the lopsided victory.

“Stillwater is a tough place to play,” Mills said. “They’re one of the good teams. Coach (Clay) Stephens does a good job. We have a lot of respect for them. Tonight was our night. It’s big for us.

Stillwater shot just 14 of 47 against the stingy Enid defense.

Dylan Fix was able to get separation in the third quarter and hit three 3-pointers in a row. Fix ended the night with 15 points, including four scores from beyond the arc.

Enid’s defense double teamed Lauren Stettnisch and allowed the junior to get just five points.

Enid wanted to contain both Fix and Stettnisch.

The Pacer defense pressured SHS and forced 20 Lady Pioneer turnovers.

“Fix got away from us a little bit in the third quarter,” Mills said. “For the most part, the girls focussed on the game plan and did what I asked them to do.”

The win lifted the Pacers’ record to 7-3. Stillwater fell to 5-7.

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