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February 15, 2014

Pacers win 8th straight

ENID, Okla. — The Enid Pacers broke open a tight game with a 21-point third period to ease past Lawton 63-54 Friday night.

The victory was the eighth in a row for the No. 15 Pacers, who raised their season record to 16-5. The loss dropped the 19th-ranked Lady Wolverines’ record to 11-10.

“This was a really good win for us tonight, especially after going overtime against them at our place,” said Pacers head coach Robb Mills.

The win was Enid’s second victory over the Lady Wolverines this week, after dispatching Lawton 59-50 in overtime Monday at the Enid Event Center.

“Grace Enmeier had eight in a row to start the third quarter to really get us going,” Mills said.

Enmeier, with 11 points, was one of four Pacers in double figures for Enid, which was led by Andi Pierce’s game-high 17 points. Haven Bay had 16 and Kylee Vestal dropped in 10.

The teams were tied 28-28 at halftime before Enid opened the game up with its strong third period run, and outscored Lawton 35-26 in the second half.

“It was a real physical game, but we handled the pressure well and passed well,” Mills said.

The Pacers’ defense was able to slow down Bailee Cox, who had six three-pointers in Lawton’s loss to Enid earlier this week. She was limited to seven points Friday night. Lawton was led by Monica Gonzalez with 14 points, the only Lawton player to score in double digits.

“We knew them a little better, and knew what to expect, Mills said.

The Pacers were forced to go to their bench early in the fourth period with Enmeier and Abby Lee having four fouls each.

“Our bench played well,” Mills said. “We were able to rotate in and out. We took care of the basketball at the end to come away with the win.”

The Pacers appear to be peaking at the right time with the playoffs less than two weeks away.

“That’s the way I am looking at it,” Mills said. “The girls have been saying we want to play one more Saturday, meaning they have to win that first playoff game.”

Enid has been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in each of the past two seasons.

“I told them, ‘If you want to play one more, you have to get momentum,’” Mills said. “They responded.”

Lawton 48, Plainsmen 42

Dakari Moss had 24 points in leading Lawton to a 48-42 victory over the Enid Plainsmen Friday night.

The Plainsmen trailed throughout the game, falling behind 13-8 after the first period, and 24-17 at halftime. The halftime deficit would have been double digits, but Braden Rogers, who led Enid with 14 points, hit a three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to trim the deficit to seven points.

However, Enid was not able to carry over any momentum from Rogers’ buzzer beater and trailed 38-27 after three. Enid outscored Lawton 15-10 in the final stanza and trailed by 10 points with just over 90 seconds left, but wasn’t able to overcome the late double-digit deficit.

The loss was the seventh straight for the Plainsmen, who fell to 2-19 on the season. It also was their second loss this week to the Wolverines (13-8), after falling to Lawton 73-68 in double overtime at the Enid Event Center on Monday.

Marcus Moore added 10 points for EHS.

Enid’s boys and girls return home for the final home of the season when they take on Bishop McGuinness on Tuesday in a girls-boys doubleheader at 6:30 p.m. at the Enid Event Center.

EHS wraps up the regular season with a trip to Lawton Eisenhower next Friday.

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