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January 29, 2013

EHS cagers sweep Woodward for homecoming

ENID, Okla. — Oh, what a difference a month-and-a-half can make.

Forty-two days after losing 66-46 to host Woodward on Dec. 18, the Plainsmen returned the favor, routing the Boomers 54-33 on homecoming Tuesday night at the Mabee Center.

Aaron Austin set the pace for Enid, scoring a game-high 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting, adding six rebounds and a game-high four steals, and the Plainsmen (6-11, unranked in 6A) followed suit, snaring 12 steals and holding Woodward to single-digit scoring in three of four quarters.

“We know we can bring it on the offense end, so we wanted to try to do both,” Austin said. “They beat us last time, so we (wanted) our revenge … It meant a lot to us. We felt like we could have went out there the first time and beat them. Playing them again, it boosted our confidence up, so we came out and worked as a team.”

Woodward (8-10, unranked in 4A) started hot and seldom cooled off in the teams’ first meeting, and looked at first like it might repeat the shooting exhibition on Tuesday, when Kaleb Roach hit an easy corner three on the Boomers’ first attempt from the field, hooting and shaking his hand after it sank.

After that, Woodward missed 18 of 21 attempts from deep

“We talked pregame about really having to run those guys off the three-point line,” said Enid coach Ryan Wilkinson. “When they get hot out there, they get going, they’re hard to (slow down) … That first one wasn’t a very good close out on Roach, when he hit that one in the corner, we didn’t have a very good close out there … After that, we did a much better job closing out and picking up the defensive intensity.”

Austin scored seven of his 17 in the first quarter as Enid took an 18-13 lead, and Correll Baker and Harrison Maud hit back-to-back threes in the second to put the Plainsmen up 26-13, capping a 10-3 run that started in the first.

Austin forced consecutive Woodward turnovers in the third quarter, and Deon Parker stole another pass, scoring on a breakaway layup to give Enid a 32-20 lead. It was a lead that never fell below double digits.

As the Plainsmen starters left the floor for the final time and were replaced by reserves, players hugged and high-fived, chanting for their backups as the final minute-plus ticked off in the team’s first home win of the season.

“I’m seeing signs of us being a little bit more consistent,” Wilkinson said. “Earlier in the year, it was game-by-game, we were up-and-down … If we can continue that trend and get several in row here that we’re playing at a really high level … hopefully we can string a couple together here.”

Taylan Illif was Woodward’s only player in double figures with 11.

The Plainsmen host Ponca City at 8 p.m. Thursday.

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