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January 30, 2014

NOC Enid splits with Connors

WARNER, Okla. — No. 22 Connors used a strong first half to defeat Northern Oklahoma College Enid’s men 85-72 in Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference action Monday.

The Lady Jets (13-8, 6-5) won their third straight game with a 76-44 decision over the Cowgirls (4-15, 2-9) in the women’s game.

Connors (18-3, 9-2) never trailed against the Jets (15-7, 6-6) taking control of the game with an 8-0 run to take a 12-4 lead in the opening moments of the game.

The Jets never recovered. NOC Enid got to within 36-25, only to see the Cowboys use an 8-0 run to go up 44-25 at halftime.

“We dug ourselves in a hole we couldn’t get out of,’’ said Jets assistant coach Drew Bridges. “We started out tight. They were just playing harder than us. We knew what they were going to do.

“We missed a few shots, but that shouldn’t dictate how hard you’re playing. We have to find a way to play with the intensity we had in the second part of the second half.’’

Jovan Crnic led the NOC Enid offense with 18 points, followed by Ben Berry with 17, Daryck Jones with 14 and Ja’Wan Smith with 11.

Willie Atwood had 22 for Connors, 14 of which came in the second half. Quan Jones had 16, while Ronnie Boyce had 14, 11 of which came after intermission.

Berry, NOC Enid’s leading scorer, had 14 of his 17 points after intermission. The Jets couldn’t get any closer than 12 points in the second half.

Crnic had 10 points in the first half and eight after intermission, Daryck Jones was held to three points in the first half, but had 11 after intermission.

The win gave the Cowboys a sweep of the season series with the Jets.

LADY JETS 76,

CONNORS 44

For the second straight game, NOC Enid allowed its fewest points of the season.

Connors led only once — 2-0. The Lady Jets used a 19-0 run over a 10-minute period in the first half to turn a 14-9 game into a 33-9 laugher. NOC Enid led 40-13 at halftime.

Breck Clark led the NOC Enid attack with 15 points, followed by Rylie Swanson with 13 and Kori Barrios with 10.

Swanson had 12 points in the first half, while Clark had 10.

“We played good,solid position defense,’’ said NOC Enid coach Scott Morris about the 19-0 run. “We were getting in the passing lanes, once we were starting to get points in transition, we were able to get separation.’’

Eleven different players were able to score for the Lady Jets as Morris was able to empty his bench.

“I was pleased with our energy,’’ Morris said. “We didn’t let them make a push to get back in the game. Our game goes as our defense goes. The games that we have played well on defense, we won or at least we were in it.

“It was good to be able to play as many people as we did tonight. Those girls work hard and they deserve an opportunity to get out there. I was excited they not only got to play, but they played well.’’

Mari Jackson led Connors with 12 points.

The Jets and Lady Jets host archrival NOC Tonkawa in a 6 p.m. doubleheader Monday at the Mabee Center.

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