By Derek Brown
Stillwater NewsPress / CNHI News Service
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.
Brown is a writer with Stillwater News Press, a CNHI News Service publication.
Stillwater 69, Enid 57 (boys)
Stillwater jumped out to a 22-7 lead after the first quarter as the Plainsmen were forced to play from behind in their game Tuesday night,.
“I thought besides that first quarter our kids played pretty well,” said Enid head coach Ryan Wilkinson. “We came out and had a slow start and Stillwater got a hot hand early and got some confidence shooting. We got in a big hole there.
Stillwater had balanced offense with three players in double digits. Carson Teel led all scorers with 18 points. Brett Budke scored 14 and Jared Dickey came off of the bench to put in 10 points.
Enid had eight players score and had three score in double figures. Devon Edwards led Enid with 15 points. Devon Pratt dropped in 12 and Braden Rogers scored 10 points in the loss.
The Plainsmen outscored Stillwater 36-28 in the second half.
“We got in a big hole in the first quarter. Until our guys get in the mental mindset to show up and play for four quarters, that’s where our struggles are,” Wilkinson said.
The Plainsmen have had troubles playing at Stillwater.
“We’ve struggled here the last three years,” Wilkinson said.
The Plainsmen now are 1-12 on the season, No. 12 Stillwater raised its record to 8-4 with the victory.
Enid returns home for the first time since Dec. 6 when it hosts Ponca City in a girls-boys doubleheader at 6:30 p.m. Friday against Ponca City at the Enid Event Center.