NOC Enid hoops split at Seminole State

SEMINOLE, Okla. — Trailing by 14 at the halftime break, the Northern Oklahoma College Enid women’s basketball team rallied in the third quarter to take the lead and eventually defeat Seminole State, 65-63, Monday on the road.

The No. 19-ranked Lady Jets (8-1, 2-0) extended their conference win streak to 21 games with the come-from-behind victory against the Lady Trojans (4-7, 0-2).

NOC Enid scored just six points in the second quarter, which resulted in it falling behind 34-20 at halftime. The Lady Jets offense — and defense — took control in the third quarter, outscoring Seminole 24-9 to take a 44-43 lead entering the final 10 minutes.

NOC Enid held on in the closing minutes as freshman guard Shelby Black scored 10 of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter.

Seminole’s Kryslyn Jones also scored 19 points.

Lady Jets sophomore forward Sarah Griswold, a member of the 2018-19 NJCAA Division I Region 2 All-Region Team, did not play Monday with a sprained ankle. Lady Jets assistant coach William Milton said Griswold is out indefinately.

The Lady Jets return to action next Monday for a non-conference game against Tabor College JV. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at NOC’s Mabee Center in Enid. Later next week, NOC Enid faces NOC Tonkawa on Thursday in the “Baby Bedlam Rivalry.” Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Jets falter in second half, lose 79-77

The NOC Enid men’s basketball squad let an 8-point halftime lead slip away during the second half of a narrow 79-77 loss against Seminole State Monday.

The Trojans (10-1, 1-1) scored the final five points in the closing minutes to rally and hand the Jets (7-5, 1-1) their first conference loss of the season.

NOC Enid’s Zach McDermott scored a game-high 24 points, while Seminole’s Latarryus Smith led the Trojans with 19.

The Jets host NOC Tonkawa next Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. following the conclusion of the women’s game.

NOC Enid has lost six straight to the Mavericks (10-0). NOC Tonkawa is ranked No. 12 in the latest NJCAA Division I Poll.

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Nagel is a sports reporter for the Enid News & Eagle.

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