ENID, Okla. — Pacers 52, Ponca City 30
Andi Pierce scored 15 points, Grace Enmeier had nine points and a game-high seven rebounds on the same night she won homecoming queen, and the 16th-ranked Pacers easily handled Ponca City 52-30 Friday at the Enid Event Center.
Enid (8-3) led 9-7 after the first quarter, but held the Lady Cats scoreless from the field in the second. The Pacers opened the quarter on a 12-2 run capped by a Pierce three, and went on to outscore Ponca City 21-5 in the frame to lead 30-12 at intermission.
“We wanted to finish the game on defense,” said Enid coach Robb Mills. “We couldn’t score in the third quarter for a while, and I told the girls, finish on defense, and this one’s still gonna be ours, up by 18 half. It just opened up after that because they got frustrated with our defense.”
Enid stumbled to start the third quarter, starting 1-for-8, with six turnovers to fuel a 9-2 Ponca City run that trimmed Enid’s advantage to 32-21.
But Enid doubled up the Lady Cats in the fourth, leading by as much as 24 along the way.
Haven Bay finished with 10 points for Enid, and Abby Lee added eight. Cheyenne Hull scored nine to lead Ponca City, which fell to 5-7 with its fifth loss in six games.
The win put Enid in position to beat three straight 6A opponents when the Pacers host Lawton Eisenhower at 3:30 p.m. today. The 20th-ranked Lady Eagles will give Enid a third chance at beating a ranked 6A team, the Pacers losing their two previous opportunities in double-digit defeats by 11th-ranked Yukon and sixth-ranked Muskogee.
“That’s huge,” said Pierce, who shot 5-for-11. “We need that win (against Eisenhower) a lot, especially losing to two ranked teams already. If we can do that, it’d be a big accomplishment for us. It’ll pay off in the long run.’
“We’re in a good place,” Mills said. “but tomorrow’s gonna be a dogfight.”