MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — The Enid Plainsmen and Pacer basketball teams had sour returns from their extended break as Midwest City dealt both programs double-digit losses Friday night in Midwest City.
While the break in the schedule helped the Plainsmen (8-10) regain their health, the time off proved to be a double-edged sword in their 70-53 loss to No. 5 Midwest City.
“With us being off, it’s hard for us to duplicate the pressure and the speed of the teams we play with,” Plainsmen head coach Curtis Foster said.
The time off didn’t seem to be a problem early on as Enid took a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter. However, once the second quarter began, Midwest City went on a run and applied the live pressure the Plainsmen had been missing in practice.
By halftime, Enid trailed by nine.
“We had some unforced turnovers that led to some uncontested layups,” Foster said. “We give up four trips down the floor, where we give up unforced turnovers, and that leads to eight points.
“It turns the ballgame in their favor.”
The Bombers (14-3) outscored the Plainsmen 32-24 in the second half to seal the win. Senior Carter Owens finished with a team-high 21 points.
Enid senior big men Cyson Mathis and Mason Berry returned to action after missing time due to injury. Berry had 11 points but his night was over quickly as he fouled out by the third quarter.
Foster said that Mathis, who finished with three points, still needs some time to get his regular-season conditioning back up.
Time gave the Plainsmen the chance to heal. But now Enid needs time to get back into the groove.
“It’s just (about) getting back to normal,” Foster said.
Pacers fall after slow first half
Four Lady Bombers reached double figured as the prolific offense lifted No. 16 Midwest City to a 67-37 victory. The latest win brings the Lady Bomber win-streak to four games while Enid’s losing streak was extended to five games.
While the Lady Bombers (12-5) got off to a 21-9 lead in the first quarter, Enid hit a speed bump early. Junior Mya Edwards — Enid’s leader on offense and defense — got into foul trouble early.
After scoring six points, Edwards was parked as she collected three fouls by the first quarter. Pacers head coach Nina Gregory said Edwards’ absence “definitely” hurt Enid.
“She brings a lot. More than just offense,” Gregory said. “She brings defense and energy to the game.”
The Pacers (5-13) struggled to battle Midwest City with Edwards off the floor. The Lady Bombers padded their lead 26 points by halftime after outscoring Enid 17-3 in the second quarter.
After halftime, Enid’s offense picked up gradually. The Pacers finished the second half with 25 points, 17 of which came in the fourth quarter.
Edwards returned also returned in the second half. She and junior Claire Dodds combined for 13 in the final period. Edwards finished as the leading scorer with 14 points while Dodds finished with 12.
The second half also saw other Pacers step up in the offense. Sophomore Lanie Goins finished with five points and junior Mary Ketterman finished with four points in the fourth quarter.
At halftime, Gregory told the Pacers they needed to play more relaxed.
“And just believe in themselves as much as we do,” she said. “I’m not saying what I said changed anything. But I just feel like we just went and played in the second half.
“It wasn’t as much of, like, worrying about making mistakes.”
Enid hosts Putnam City West Tuesday.