Pacers, Plainsmen face tough regionals matchups

Enid's Cater Owens scores against Putnam City West's Daylon Andrews Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at the Stride Bank Center. (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)

ENID, Okla. — The Enid Plainsmen and Pacers host Lawton for their final home games of the season Saturday afternoon at the Stride Bank Center.

The final home games also will serve as Enid's Senior Night and Pink Out game.

For the fifth time in as many games, the Plainsmen (8-11) will face a prolific shooting offense in No. 10 Lawton (15-2). Enid has suffered through a five-game losing streak by losing to top perimeter shooting teams, including Putnam City North, Midwest City, and Putnam City West.

The Pirates most recently beat the Plainsmen by 24 points thanks to shooters like Rondel Walker and Daylon Andrews, who combined for 46 points. Senior Carter Owens led the Plainsmen in scoring with 17 points.

The only difference between Lawton and Putnam City West is that Lawton is the better shooting team, Plainsmen head coach Curtis Foster said after Tuesday night's game. The Enid head coach described Lawton as being more athletic "across the board" and having more size than the Pirates.

"I think they're a little more of a balanced team than PC West," Foster said. "You're going to see a lot more athletes on the floor. They'll be able to get the ball inside and they'll have long guys ... who can shoot the ball from the perimeter."

The Plainsmen offense struggled to keep pace with Putnam City West as the Pirates applied full-court pressure at times in the first half, allowing them to pull away from Enid. Foster said he expects Lawton to apply even more pressure on defense compared to what the Plainsmen saw against Putnam City West.

The Pacers (5-14) are still enduring the adversity this season has brought them or rather taken from them. Injuries have thinned Enid's active roster down to seven players.

Enid, however, is seeing other players step up in big ways. Junior Mya Edwards has taken up the reins as one of the team leaders, leading the Pacers in offense and defense. Fellow junior Mary Ketterman has served well as a role player and was the leading scorer against Putnam City West with 13 points.

Like the Plainsmen, the Pacers are trying to break their own losing streak which stands at six games. Saturday's game against Lawton (3-14) could be the best chance to get back into the win column. The Lady Wolverines had a seven-game skid before breaking it against Class 5A Santa Fe South last month.

The Pacers tip-off at 3:30 p.m. followed by the Plainsmen at 5 p.m.

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Godfrey is sports writer for the Enid News & Eagle.
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