By Mark Rountree Sports Editor
It wouldn't hurt to hit a few shots from the floor, but if the Northern Oklahoma College Enid Lady Jets keep shooting like this from the foul line, who needs field goals anyway?
The Lady Jets converted 34 of 42 free throws, including 17 of 18 by Haley Myers, en route to a 67-59 come-from-behind victory Saturday over Butler County (Kan.) College at the Mabee Center.
The win improved the Lady Jets to 2-0 on the season. NOC Enid hosts the Okla-homa Christian University junior varsity Tuesday.
NOC Enid's hot hand at the free throw line followed a similar outing Friday at Rose State. NOC Enid hit 21 of 25 free throws in an 83-62 victory. For the season, the Lady Jets have converted 55 of 67 free throws (82 percent).
"You win and lose games at the free throw line," said NOC Enid coach Scott Morris. "That's a nice luxury to have. ... It's almost like a team-wide epidemic. It's contagious. They all make them or they all miss them. Through two games we've been fortunate. I hope that's just not luck. I hope it's because of all the hard work they are putting in."
Myers, a former Okarche High School standout, finished with a team-high 21 points and gave the Lady Jets the lead for good with a pair of free throws with 7:29 left in the game.
Myers, the daughter of longtime high school coach Cherie Myers, hit her first 16 free throws before missing late in the game.
"She's a coach's kid," said Morris. "That's why I like those coach's kids. They are mentally tough. They know how to step up and knock (free throws) down."
Heather Graham added 13 points and connected on 7 of 10 free throws. Whitney James had eight points and hit 6 of 6 from the foul line.
Struggling to find much success shooting from the field, the Lady Jets needed all the points they could muster from the foul line. NOC Enid made just 16 of 54 shots from the floor.
"(Butler County) was the most disciplined, intense defensive team I have ever coached against here," said Morris. "It was tough to get baskets."
The Lady Jets, who trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, tied the game on a basket by Sheri Yost with 8:45 remaining. NOC Enid outscored the Lady Grizzlies 24-10 in the final 10 minutes, 13 points courtesy of Myers.
NOC Enid had to withstand a 31-point effort by Butler County's Brittney Lasley, but the sophomore from Muskogee was the only player in double-figures for the Lady Grizzlies.
While NOC Enid was thriving at the foul line, the Lady Grizzlies hardly got there at all. Butler County shot just two free throws in the second half.
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