The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 10, 2014

Pacers win 6th straight

Top Lawton 59-50 in overtime; Plainsmen fall 73-68 in double OT

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid’s basketball doubleheader with Lawton Monday at the Enid Event Center probably told the story of the Pacers’ and Plainsmen’s seasons so far.

The Pacers (14-5) beat Lawton 59-50 in overtime as sophomore Andi Pierce scored a season-high 28 points, seven of which came in the extra period where EHS outscored the Wolverines 9-0. It was the sixth straight win for the Pacers.

The Plainsmen (2-17) fell to Lawton 73-68 in double overtime for their fifth straight loss. The Wolverines sent the game in overtime on a basket with 2.5 seconds remaining.

The Pacers and Plainsmen host rival Stillwater at 6:30 tonight. It will be Senior Night.

“This is two overtime games now where we have taken care of business,’’ said Pacers head coach Robb Mills. “It’s especially good at playoff time to win close games. It’s a good experience when you go down the stretch for the playoffs.’’

Pierce had 22 points in the second half. She was three-of-three from the field in the fourth period, and was five-of-six from the line with a field goal in overtime.

“We took care of the ball in the overtime, that’s what made the difference,’’ Pierce said. “We were a little more aggressive. That’s what we needed, and that’s what had to be done. This give us confidence and momentum going into the playoffs.’’

She credited her teammates’ sharp passes for her big night.

“I wasn’t looking to step up,’’she said. “It just comes to you. The whole team picked it up.’’

Lawton sent the game into overtime with a 7-0 run in the last 1:24 of regulation, capped by a three-pointer by Bailee Cox at the buzzer. Cox, who had 20 points, had six treys, including hitting all three of her shots from long distance in the fourth period.

“We really defended that play well at the end,’’ Mills said. “She just knocked down a good shot at the end.’’

Pierce started the 9-0 overtime run by hitting two free throws with 1:54 left. She made five free throws in the final  42.5 seconds.

“It was a good team effort in overtime,’’ Mills said.

Abby Lee joined Pierce in double figures with 11.



LAWTON 73, PLAINSMEN 68

Marcus Moore had 14 points, Braden Rogers 11 and Michael Majors 10, but it wasn’t enough for the Plainsmen.

The Wolverines outscored the Plainsmen 16-7 over the last 2:36 of the second overtime period to overcome a 61-57 deficit.

“There’s a lot of emotion that goes into games like this,’’ said Plainsmen head coach Ryan Wilkinson. “It’s a deep, emotional loss. We will have to do some big things to rebound from this for tomorrow. Fortunately, it’s Senior Night. It’s something extra to get up for.’’

The Plainsmen held a 48-42 lead with 3:20 left in regulation after a Moore layup off a turnover. Lawton, though, used a 9-2 run to go up 51-49 when Darryl Patterson scored off a turnover.

Enid, though, took a 53-51 lead when Majors hit the second of two free throws with 18.3 seconds left. Patterson made a layup with 2.6 seconds left to send it to the first overtime.

“We miscommunciationed on that play,’’ Wilkinson said. “We doubled out of a pass and we didn’t have good rotation. They (Lawton) played hard and got a good look to tie it up.’’

Moore sent the game to a second overtime when he got the ball back after his first shot was blocked. He drove in for a layup to tie the score at 57. Dallas Sealey missed a shot at the buzzer, which would have given the Wolverines the win.

Enid scored the first four points of the second overtime, but the lead didn’t hold up. Lawton used a 9-0 run to take a 66-61 lead which it didn’t relinquish.

The Plainsmen got to within two three times, the last being when Majors hit the second of two free throws with 21.6 seconds remaining to make it 70-68. Dorois Martin gave EHS a chance when he hit only one of two free throws with 16.7 seconds left, but EHS turned the ball over and Chris Jones made a layup with one second left for the final five-point margin.

“We just made a lot of silly mistakes,’’ Wilkinson said. “A lot of it is not understanding time and situations and taking care of the ball. We have a lot of guys who haven’t been there before in that situation. The more you’re in it, the better you’ll be, but we weren’t very good at it.’’