The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


February 27, 2014

Youth-powered Chisholm gets regional test

The Chisholm Lady Longhorns’ best stretch of the season is running on freshman fuel.

Chisholm (16-8) hasn’t lost since January, scoring wins over rival and 2A No. 18 Hennessey, 2A No. 7 Tonkawa and 3A No. 11 Perkins-Tryon during a seven-game run that started on Feb. 4. The streak has the Lady Longhorns in the regional winner’s bracket needing only a win over 13-8 Oklahoma Centennial, which Chisholm beat 58-47 in last season’s district final at Paul J. Outhier Field House, to secure a spot in the area bracket, a point the Lady ‘Horns have reached just once in their past five seasons.

 The schedule hasn’t gotten much easier for Chisholm during its streak, but the Longhorns themselves have gone through a notable change this month, junior and leading scorer Megan Galusha getting big help from freshmen Bailey Brown and Kaylee Pedersen. The young pair has combined to score 28.3 points a game over the streak, a team-high 16.3 coming from Brown during the month.

The youth movement will get its first regional challenge at 8 p.m. tonight at Oklahoma Christian School in Edmond against a Centennial girls team that has split its last six games but comes off an 84-29 district thumping of Harding Fine Arts.

• Chisholm boys (10-14) vs. Harding Fine Arts (0-7): It didn’t take long for Chisholm — riding high on a Danner Kiernan four-point play to stun crosstown rival Oklahoma Bible Academy in their regular-season finale — to be brought back down.

The Longhorns are within a loss of being finished with basketball for the season after losing 69-51 to 3A No. 12 Perkins-Tryon last week. The defeat was the most recent in a bittersweet stretch for the Longhorns, who beat OBA and fellow local Pioneer late in its regular season but have won only one other game in their last 11, falling to 10-14 after a 7-6 start.

They play a much more downtrodden team in Harding Fine Arts, which at 0-7 is still seeking a win on the season, in a loser’s bracket regional at 3 p.m. today at OCS.

• Oklahoma Bible Academy girls (7-17) vs. Minco (7-14): The OBA girls stopped their late-season tailspin in time to stay on the court, but are again at risk of elimination today against regional host Minco.

The Lady Trojans snapped a six-game losing streak that reached back to Jan. 28 with a 57-21 win against Crescent, but lost to 2A No. 2 Fairview 65-23 in a district final. OBA plays Minco, a loser in six of its last eight games, at 1:30 p.m. today.

• Oklahoma Bible Academy boys (18-5) vs. Walters (17-7): Two teams on successful tears will test their recent form in a regional winners’ bracket game between OBA and Walters at 8 p.m. tonight in Minco.

The Trojans have won seven of eight games entering Thursday’s game, the lone loss coming on a buzzer-beating four-point play against Chisholm. Walters has won eight of its last nine games, including a 50-48 district final win against Central Marlow.

• Pioneer girls (12-13) vs. Boone-Apache (10-8): The Lady Mustangs doubled their 2011-12 win total last season and added to it again this year under head coach Brandon Gallgher — adding the girls’ job to his duties for the first time this season — but still find themselves facing an early playoff exit without a win 1:30 p.m. today vs. Boone-Apache in Cashion’s loser’s bracket.  

Pioneer finished with eight wins last season, which ended with a first-round district loss to Morrison. The Lady Mustangs beat Cashion 62-50 in last week’s district round, escaping the opening round for the first time since 2010, but haven’t escaped the regional loser’s bracket since 2005.

• Pioneer boys (16-8) vs. Northeast Academy (14-6): After stumbling slightly through the midsection of its season, the Mustangs have won four of five down the stretch, the lone loss coming to 3A power Alva in overtime. Pioneer thumped district host Hennessey 56-41 last week, and come a step closer to its first state berth since 2007 with a win today against Northeast Academy.

Northeast, ranked 10th in 2A, has won seven straight games entering today’s 8 p.m. regional winner’s bracket game in Cashion, beating 5A No. 15 Northwest Classen and 4A No. 5 Douglass along the way.

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