The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 18, 2014

Kiernan's 4-point play pushes Chisholm past OBA

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — It would be hard to top the thrill on Danner Kiernan’s last play as a Chisholm Longhorn at Paul Outhier Fieldhouse Monday night.

Kiernan’s miracle four-point play with 1.7 seconds left gave the Longhorns (10-13) a 57-56 win over Oklahoma Bible Academy (17-5) to end the Trojans’ six-game winning streak.

Kiernan was fouled as he hit a desperation shot from mid-court to tie the game at 56. After OBA called a timeout, he calmly hit the winning free throw to give CHS a sweep of the school’s Senior Night.

“I’ll never forget that moment,’’ Kiernan said. “I hope we caught it on video.There’s not a better way to go out than this. I would rather do this than win by 30.’’

The Chisholm (15-8) girls beat the Lady Trojans (6-16) 58-37 behind 21 points from Megan Galusha.

Kiernan’s heroics were set up by a hustle play from his teammates after he missed a three which would have tied the game. Chisholm was able to get a tie ball and posession.

Kiernan had trouble controlling the inbounds pass, but was able to cross halfcourt where he let it go.

“I was upset that I missed my first three, which was a lot easier,’’ Kiernan said. “I prayed to God to let me hit this shot. I saw that no one was open so it was the only shot that I had. I just pulled up and let it go.

“It felt good. I got my feet planted. It wasn’t like a runner, but you don’t expect an almost-halfcourt shot to go in. It just feels good to say we won on Senior Night in our last game in this gym.’’

Kiernan felt the contact, but didn’t think the officials would call it.

“They don’t usually do, but they did and I was happy. I wasn’t nervous wh˚en I went to the line. My teammates just told me to shoot it. I knew if I missed it, it would be no big deal because if I missed, I knew we would win in overtime.’’

Chisholm head coach Cody Spurlock said he had never seen a finish like that.

“You can’t ever say our kids don’t fight to the finish,’’ he said. “It’s just a good way for our seniors to go out on such a dramatic finish.’’

Spurlock praised the hustle on the tie ball.

“Without Bryson (Rolfe) and whoever else was fighting for it, we’re not in a position to get the game-winner,’’ Spurlock said.

OBA coach Alan Ford had no excuses.

“The player made a good play,’’ he said. “He knocked down two good shots in a row and there’s not much you can do about that. Chisholm shoots the ball well and attacks well. It’s hard to win here.’’

OBA is off until Saturday when it plays the Fairview-Crescent winner in the district finals at Fairview.

“This will make our next four days of practice a little more intense because they will be more focused. We’re going to try to get a positive spin out of this.’’

The Trojans had taken a 56-53 lead on an old-fashion three-point play by Adam Eaton with 24.5 seconds left. Eaton led OBA with 27 points.

Neither team led by more than three points in the second half. Kiernan and Luke Ball, who had eight points in the fourth quarter, had 14 for CHS. Austin Gigoux had 10.

Chisholm travels to Perkins-Tryon Saturday for the district tournament.

CHISHOLM 58, OBA 37 (Girls)

Galusha’s stat sheet told the story of the girls game.

She had only four points in the first half as the two teams were tied 22-22. CHS was only 6 of 20 from the field.

Galusha 17 in the second half as the Lady Longhorns pulled away, thanks to hitting 14 of 24 from the field. Kaylee Petersen joined Galusha in double figures with 11.

“We picked up our intensity quite a bit,’’ said Chisholm coach Terry Middleton. “We were a little flat early, but we got back in the right direction. Megan had a real good second half.’’

OBA had taken a 26-24 lead on a basket by Tara Kelley with 6:40 left in the third period, but CHS answered back with an 18-0 run. The Lady Trojans didn’t score again until Ashley Atwood scored with 42.5 seconds left in the third period.

“We played a real good first half,’’ said OBA coach Patrick Rich  “We made some good shots. They were able to wear us down. We were playing the same five to six girls and they were able to keep putting in fresh players. It’s hard to stop someone as quick as Galusha when she’s fresh.’’

Atwood led OBA with 14 points.

Chisholm goes to Perkins-Tryon Saturday for the playoffs. OBA faces Crescent in an elimination game at Fairview.

“I really like this team,’’ Middleton said. “We can do so much. We can go small or we can go big. We can push the ball or play halfcourt. We can make adjustments when we need to give people fits.’’