The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 31, 2014

EHS splits with Ponca City

Enid News and Eagle

PONCA CITY, Okla. — The 16th-ranked Enid Pacers won their fourth straight game, downing Ponca City in convincing fashion 59-38 on Friday night.

The Pacers were led by Andi Pierce’s game-high 20 points and Haven Bay chipped in 19 in the win for Enid. The victory gave Enid (12-5) a season sweep over the Lady Wildcats (8-10).

After taking a 13-11 lead after the first period, the Pacers shut down Ponca City and three-point threat Cheyenne Hull. Ponca was held to only six second-quarter points and seven points in the third. Hull was limited to only seven points.

“It was a great team effort on defense tonight,” said Enid head coach Robb Mills. “We knew we had to stop Hull. She’s a good three point shooter, but Shelley Mueller and Kylee Vestal held her down. We blocked out and rebounded well.”

While the defense was its doing its job for the Pacers, Pierce and Bay were getting it done on the offensive side.

“We scored well tonight,” Mills said. “We passed the ball around and got open shots.”

Pierce now has scored in double digits in all but three games this season for the Pacers and has reached double figures in four straight contests.

With 19 points, Bay has been in double figures in three of the last four games for Enid.

PONCA CITY 68, ENID 44 (boys)

In the nightcap, the host Wildcats pitched a first-period 7-0 shutout and rolled to a 68-44 win over the Plainsmen.

Down 22-13 entering the third period, Enid (2-15) went to a trapping defense to get back into the game, hoping to get points off turnovers, but the Wildcats (6-12) withstood the Plainsmen’s efforts.

“We didn’t feel comfortable playing their slow down game,” said Plainsmen head coach Ryan Wilkinson, regarding Ponca City’s zone.

“We gambled and tried to trap,” he said. “I didn’t think we were going to score enough against their zone. We didn’t execute it very well. They gave a great effort in trying, but it’s something we haven’t done much this year.”

The Plainsmen were led in scoring by Braden Rogers with 17 points and Devin Pratt with 10, but the offense never got on track for Enid.

“We didn’t get the ball inside and tried to take it outside right away,” Wilkinson said. “We’re not good when we do that, we need to control the game inside.”

Ponca City’s win avenged an earlier loss of 56-38 to the Plainsmen.

“That’s a tough place to play in that environment,” Wilkinson said. “Now, we just have to forget about that game and move on.”

Enid next hosts Lawton on Tuesday in a girls-boys doubleheader at 6:30 p.m. at the Enid Event Center.