By Dave Ruthenberg
NEOSHO, Mo. – The 10th-ranked NOC Enid Lady Jets overcame a sluggish first-half en route to a 77-67 victory at Crowder (Mo.) Saturday.
Led by Ashlyn Briegge’s 20 points and Justice Payne’s 17 points, NOC Enid put up 55 second-half points to offset a cold-shooting first half that saw them trailing Crowder 26-22 at intermission.
“The four-hour bus ride didn’t help us,” said NOC Enid head coach Scott Morris. “We just didn’t have much energy and needed a wake-up call.”
The Lady Jets were able to keep within striking distance at halftime thanks to Crowder shooting only 1-of-16 from the three-point line in the first half.
The Lady Jets came out hot in the second half and unlike Crowder, were able to hit the long-range jumper, going 9-of-16 from beyond the three-point arc Saturday.
“We dodged a bullet,” Morris said. “We got into our game in the second half, played more assertive and had some fun.”
The win raises the Lady Jets’ record to 8-1 this season, heading into a stretch of three games over a five-day period starting Monday when they return home to face Rhema Bible for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff at Mabee Center.
Following their Monday home clash with Rhema, the Lady Jets hit the road Thursday and Friday for back-to-back games against Cowley (Kan.) and South-western (Kan.).
NOC Enid already owns a win over Cowley, having defeated Cowley 74-58 at Mabee Center Nov. 16, but Morris expects a tough contest at their place Thursday and
“It’s going to a tough game; they’re going to want some revenge at home,” Morris said, while acknowledging teams usually have a little extra-incentive when playing the nationally ranked Lady Jets, who made the Final Four last season.
“We have a target on our back, but that’s what you want,” Morris said. “You want to be part of a progam that has a solid reputation.”