Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
NOC Enid’s women avenged an earlier loss to Independence (Kan.) 73-63 Saturday in the Lady Jets’ final game before Christmas break.
The Lady Jets had good balance with three players in double figures — Breck Clark with 14, Rylie Swanson with 13 and Tierra Coffey with 11.
NOC Enid, which lost to Independence 89-82 on Nov. 2, led 36-34 at halftime and extended the lead throughout the second half.
Lady Jets coach Scott Morris had challenged his team after back-to-back losses to conference foes NOC Tonkawa and Eastern, whom they lost to 96-69 on Thursday.
“We had lacked energy and enthusiasm and just a passion to come out and play,’’ Morris said. “We did a lot better job getting ourselves ready to play which translated to playing better defensively and with more enthusiasm.’’
Morris was pleased with the offense as well.
“Everybody contributed, which was a result of playing with more energy,’’ he said. “We were deeper.We had more contributors. We got the ball moving more in the halfcourt. We had more players involved which makes a difference.’’
Guard Kiara Moore, who sat out the two losses with an injury, returned to score six points, including a big three-pointer early.
“She gave us a big lift in energy,’’ Morris said. “She makes a difference. She’s a sparkplug.’’
The victory before break “was a big boost for us,’’ Morris said.
“We want to leave on a good note,’’ he said. “Of course, you don’t want to get too comfortable. We still need to look at our deficiencies, but it’s a lot better to win.’’
NOC Enid (9-5) will be off until Jan. 6 when the Lady Jets host Trinidad (Colo) at 5 p.m. at the Mabee Center.