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January 13, 2014

EHS cagers’ series with Stillwater in jeopardy

ENID, Okla. — Enid’s trip to Stillwater today for a 6:30 p.m. girls-boys basketball doubleheader may have some historical significance.

It might be the Pacers and Plainsmen’s last trip to the Pioneers’ gym for a while since the Pioneers won’t be joining EHS in the newly-formed Big 10 Conference. Stillwater is not on the schedule for next season.

“We’ll talk about it a little,’’ said Enid girls head coach Robb Mills. “We have a big rivalry. It’s always our goal to beat Stillwater, and I’m sure it’s the same for them.’’

Plainsmen coach Ryan Wilkinson will not be mentioning that in his pregame talk, noting the two teams will be playing in Enid on Feb. 11.

Wilkinson is looking for better luck at the Stillwater gym where he is 0-2.

“We have a lot of experience on the road now (11 of 12 games for the 1-11 Plainsmen),’’ Wilkinson said. “Maybe that will help us.’’

The Plainsmen broke a 10-game losing streak with a 68-65 win over Southmoore Friday at the Bartlesville Tournament and battled 5A power Del City to the end before falling 53-47.

“If we played up to the level of intensity we had on defense last week, we should be in (tonight’s) game,’’ Wilkinson said. “The guys are playing better, they are buying into what we’re doing. That’s a tribute to their character that they are sticking with it and playing hard.’’

Stillwater is ranked No. 12 in 6A with a 7-4 record. The Pioneers beat 5A Durant 82-56 in the third-place game of the East Central University Classic last weekend.

Stillwater lost to Del City 70-46 at the Bixby Tournament last month and fell to McGuinness 61-51 on Jan. 7, just a few days after the Irish beat EHS 46-29.

“They are a good team,’’ Wilkinson said.

Braden Rogers leads the Enid offense with a 10.8 average. He had a season-high 26 points against Southmoore, while Randy Porter had a season-high 19. Mike Majors had 32 points in the tournament.

Marcus Moore will miss the game due to injury and Donovan Coleman will start in his place.

The Pacers (6-3) are looking to bounce back from a 70-58 loss to Muskogee in the Muskogee Tournament Saturday.

“I think the girls will handle it well,’’ Mills said. “They understand Muskogee was a good team and we fought them until the end.’’

Enid’s girls have won the last three meetings against the Lady Pioneers, who are 5-6 under new coach Clay Stephens.

“They play a different style of basketball, but their players haven’t changed much (SHS lost only one senior),’’ Mills said. “They have some good wins. They should be ready for us. It will be a tough environment over there. It’s closer at Stillwater.’’

Andi Pierce, who had a season-high 28 points in the Muskogee loss, leads the EHS offense with a 14.9 average, followed by Haven Bay (11.5), Abby Lee (9.2), Grace Enmeier (6.3) and Savannah Blasi (6.0).

Both games can be heard on KGWA Radio (960 AM).

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