The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 8, 2013

Pacers not taking Coweta lightly

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid’s girls won’t be taking 5A Coweta (2-6) lightly in their first-round game at the Muskogee Shrine Classic at 7:30 tonight at Muskogee High School.

The Pacers (7-1), ranked 10th in 6A, are riding a five-game winning streak, but sometimes have played down to their competition.

They struggled with one-win Woodward before winning 60-53 on the road Dec. 18.

“We have had some tough games with teams whose records were not so good,’’ said EHS head coach Robb Mills. “We expect a fight. We’ll respect them as much as we can.’’

Coweta’s losses have come against Claremore, No. 20, 5A, 47-40; Fort Gibson, No. 2, 4A, 60-17; Bixby, No. 5, 6A, 51-24; Stillwater, No. 19, 6A, 41-32; Tahlequah, No. 7, 5A, 46-29; and Tulsa Kelley, No. 8, 5A, 53-42.

Mills said the Lady Tigers have good depth and like to run.

The Enid-Coweta winner will play the winner of Monday’s game between McAlester (4-5) and Tulsa Hale (2-6) on Friday. The losers will play Thursday.

The other side of the bracket has No. 9-ranked host Muskogee (5-2) against 4A Checotah Monday and 4A Tulsa Webster (3-5) against 4A Hilldale (6-3) tonight. Mills said the tournament is attractive because it gives Enid exposure to Eastern teams. EHS is expected to go east for the playoffs.

“I always like to go east for tournaments,’’ Mills said. “Teams can see our scores and we can see teams like Muskogee. Hopefully, we can play them.’’

Mills was disappointed in Enid’s 45-42 win over Guthrie Friday.

“We were happy to get the win, but I wasn’t happy with how we played,’’ he said. “They put a lot of pressure on us and we didn’t play together like I thought we should. We pulled through at the end, but we’re not satisfied with how we’re playing. We’re fouling too much.’’

The Pacers are led by Courtney Chelf (15.1 ppg) and Abby Lee (10.0 ppg). Haven Bay had a season-high 17 points against Guthrie.

All of Enid’s games in the tournament will be broadcast by KGWA (960 AM).