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January 19, 2014

Pacers held off, Plainsmen held down vs. Ike

ENID, Okla. — Saturday marked another historic occasion for the Enid Event Center.

Friday, Enid’s basketball teams scored their first ever sweep of a doubleheader (over Ponca City) in their new home.

Saturday, they were swept for the first time ever.

The No. 16-ranked Pacers (8-4) saw a furious rally fall just short in a 33-32 loss to No. 20 Lawton Eisenhower (8-2).

The No. 11 Eagles (8-3) completed the sweep as they had four players in double figures in a 62-39 rout of the Plainsmen (2-13).

Enid’s girls shot only 31.8 percent from the field (12 of 38) and committed 17 turnovers, but almost overcame a six-point deficit in the last 17 seconds.

The Lady Eagles missed the front end of two one-and-ones in the last 25 seconds. EHS took advantage,  as Andi Pierce hit a layup for the last of her 13 points with 17 seconds left and Haven Bay hit three free throws with 7.3 seconds.

Lawton Ike called its last timeout to avert a five-second call after the Bay free throws. A football-like pass ended up in the hands of Abby Lee, who drove to the basket only to miss what would have been the winning shot. Kennedi Simien pulled down the rebound to assure the Lady Eagles’ victory.

“You have to give the girls credit for fighting until the bitter end,’’ said Enid coach Robb Mills. “We got the steal we wanted and we got a good shot, we just didn’t make it.’’

Mills, though, said the game shouldn’t had come down to that.

“You can go back to several plays in the game and talk about all the little things that we could have done, whether it was blocking out or making our layups.’’

Lawton Ike’s twin towers of 6-foot-1 Crystal Polk (12) and 5-foot-11 Nikki Smith (11) were effective inside combining for 23 points. Pierce was the lone Pacer in double figures.

A three-pointer by Bay with 57 seconds left in third period tied the game for the last time at 25.

The Pacers managed only one score  — a basket by Pierce with 2:29 remaining, before their late comeback. Lawton Ike had taken a 33-27 lead after two free throws by Sydney Ellis with 39.2 seconds left, her only points of the game.

“They were so big inside that it makes it tough to score,’’ Mills said. “We didn’t shoot it extremely well from outside ... that’s why we got down the way we did tonight.’’

Pierce was the only consistent part of the offense, as she was five of eight from the field. She had 10 points in the second half after having only three at halftime.

“They are always known for their inside game,’’ Pierce said. “That made it a little frustrating. It’s hard to play back-to-back, but we had a chance to win and that’s all you can ask for. If it wasn’t for a few glitches, we would have won the game.’’

Enid scored the game’s  first eight points as Lawton Ike missed its first six shots from the field. The Lady Eagles would use a 19-3 run to turn a 10-2 disadvantage after the first quarter into a 21-13 lead with 6:10 left in the third period.

“We’re fine,’’ Mills said. “Give them credit, they’re a good basketball team. We’ll learn from these lessons.’’

Enid will return to action Thursday at the Deer Creek Edmond Tournament.

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