The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 24, 2012

NOC Enid men, women post easy wins at Hesston Classic


Enid News and Eagle

HESSTON, Kan. — Rani Melvin will long remember the Northern Oklahoma College Enid women’s 100-13 rout of Bethel JV at the Hesston Classic Friday.

Melvin, who came out for the team after a rash of Lady Jet injuries, had a career-high 18 points and hit a 3-pointer in the final minute to put NOC Enid at the century mark.

“Rani did an excellent job,’’ said NOC Enid coach Scott Morris of the former Enid High School All-Stater. “She scored several baskets in transition and hit a couple of threes. She played great defensively.’’

Marisha Wallace had 23 points for the Lady Jets. Shannon Hough had 18, while Rylie Swanson added 15 and Christa Beasler 10.

NOC Enid (6-5) led 48-4 at halftime.

“They were a little short-handed,’’ Morris said.

Morris, though, felt his team still got something out of the game.

He said they accomplished their objectives of working on their defensive postponing and making contact on blockouts. Morris also wanted to get Kati Sullivan — just off the injured list — back in the flow of the offense.

Sullivan scored six points.

“We did a good job of accomplishing those things,’’ he said.

NOC ENID MEN 86, TABOR JV 41

NOC’s men, coming off a disappointing 73-65 loss to Redlands Monday, bounced back well with a 86-41 win over the Tabor  College JV.

Connor Brooks had 18 points for the Jets. Jeremy Espinoza had 12. Twelve players scored for NOC Enid, now 6-2.

“We responded well,’’ said NOC Enid assistant coach Ryan Mahoney. “We just came out with good energy and effort all 40 minutes. Now, we need to put a couple of games like this together.’’

NOC Enid led 41-12 at halftime. Mahoney estimated the Jets had 15 to 20 deflections.

“Deflections and loose balls are a direct correlation with effort,’’ Mahoney said. “We were engaged in the first half and it carried over into the second half.’’

The 41 points were the second fewest points NOC Enid had allowed this season. It was the fourth time the Jets had scored 80 or more points in a game.

“Connor is really shoot the ball well,’’ Mahoney said. “When he has the open shot, he needs to knock it in. Today, though, was definitely a team effort. Everybody from one to 13 played hard.’’

Both NOC Enid teams will face Southeast Nebraska today — the women at 2 and the men at 4. Both teams host OCAC  rival Northeastern A&M Tuesday at the Mabee Center.