Enid News and Eagle
POND CREEK, Okla. —
Both regular-season Skeltur Conference basketball championships will reside at Pond Creek-Hunter.
The Panthers clinched the boys championship by avenging an earlier loss to Drummond 61-53 Friday behind a 20-point effort by T.J. Krittenbrink.
Mac Styles had 16 for Pond Creek-Hunter, which finished league play at 6-1. Parker Jankey had 17 for Drummond (5-2), followed by Zak Wilson with 16 and Brady Kokojan with 14.
“I’m excited for the boys,’’ said Panthers coach Darin Jones. “We haven’t won Skeltur since I’ve been here. It’s a fine accomplishment to run through Skeltur and win it. It’s a super win, but I don’t want them to be satisfied with it.’’
The Panthers raced out to an 18-6 first-quarter lead and didn’t look back. The game plan, Jones said, was to get the ball to Krittenbrink inside.
“The others did a great job getting the ball to him,’’ Jones said. “We didn’t turn it over like we did the last time (53-51 loss Saturday in Skeltur Tournament third-place game). We were more efficient in our offensive game plan.’’
Jones said Drummond will be tough in the playoffs.
“Kokojan, Wilson and Jankey are as good as any three around,’’ Jones said.
At Helena, Timberlake’s girls beat Burlington 52-45 behind 16 points from Kayla Castle, 12 from Kylee Severin and 11 from Ami Adkisson in a game which impacted two conference races.
The Lady Tigers, with the win, clinched a tie for the Orient Conference championship at 6-0. There could be a three-way tie for the title, though, if Mooreland (5-1) beats Timberlake Tuesday. Burlington is 5-1.
The loss denied Burlington an outright Cherokee Strip Conference championship. DCLA beat defending state champion Lomega for the second time in a week 60-51 behind Katy Starr’s 22 points.
Both the Lady Elks and Lady Eagles finished the conference at 6-1. Burlington beat DCLA on Jan. 14.
Lomega and Timberlake finished a game behind at 5-2.慴