HENNESSEY, Okla. — Hennessey and Oklahoma Bible Academy played exactly 64 minutes of basketball in a girls-boys doubleheader. Around 15 of them decided the rest.
Hennessey’s girls opened the night with a 52-42 win against visiting OBA, and the Trojans followed up with a 56-46 win over the Eagles, both games hinging heavily on long scoring runs.
In the headlining nightcap between the 3A No. 16 Eagles and the only team to beat them this season, 2A No. 18 OBA, the streak came early. After an early 5-0 run on a Carlos Rojo basket seconds after the opening tip and a three by Caleb McBride, Hennessey went cold.
Really, really cold.
The Eagles’ next points came more than 10 minutes later on a pair of Rojo free throws. Their next made field goal waited three more minutes on a Tyrel Cline putback with a minute left in the first half. Hennessey (15-2) was 0-for-10 from the floor with seven turnovers during the drought, leaving open a figurative door OBA dived headlong through, with a little push from head coach Alan Ford. Ford, after an 0-for-2, four-turnover start by his team, frustratedly signaled a 30-second timeout and filled it with a high-decibel lecture.
“The gist of the talk was ‘attack,’” Ford said. “I thought we’d been a little passive, and we’d talked all week in practice about attacking the basket, staying aggressive. And when we came back out, it wasn’t just on the offensive end, our guys on defense really picked it up.”
The Trojans (15-3) followed by hitting nine of their next 11 shots during a 16-0 run that eventually led to a 21-9 halftime lead. Hennessey hit as many times from the floor in the third quarter as it did in the first and second combined — three — but it was well short of what the Eagles needed as OBA continued its balanced rampage, shredding Hennessey’s zone defense to the tune of 12-for-18 shooting in the second half and 12-for-34 (61.8 percent) for the game.
All six players who hit the floor for OBA scored at least five points, led by Landry Castillo’s 14 and Jonny Volpe’s 14.
“That was pretty wild,” said Hennessey head coach Brady Page. “We’re an offensive team, and to score nine points in the first half, that’s ugly. But, they’re high school kids, and dealing with 14-, 15-, 16-year-olds, that’s gonna happen sometimes.”
Hennessey, which beat OBA earlier this season but has only been beaten by the Trojans, now twice, did look like its typically potent self in the fourth quarter. Rojo scored nine of his team-high 14 points in the frame, and the rest of the Eagles followed suit, missing only twice in 12 attempts during a 27-point quarter — three times what they managed in the first half. OBA countered with a 10-for-12 quarter at the free-throw line and a five-for-six finish from the floor to keep Hennessey from narrowing the deficit any more than 45-37.
The girls’ opener was decided by a similar stretch, though it didn’t hit the upset-minded Lady Trojans until the third quarter.
OBA (8-10) played the 3A No. 19 Lady Eagles within 22-20 through the first half, thanks in large part to a nine-point first quarter from Ashley Atwood, but a blazing start to the third quarter helped Hennessey build a comfortable lead.
An Annie Duell putback and an Erin Thompson and-one layup on consecutive possessions started an 11-1 run to push the lead to 33-21, and Kinsey Neiderer scored eight of her 11 points in the third to give the Lady Eagles (11-5) a 42-27 edge entering the fourth.
“We changed our philosophy a little bit, tried to speed the game up,” said Hennessey head coach Marty McBride. “I’ll tell you what, OBA played well, though. And they have been playing well.”
Elizabeth Price had her own eight-point quarter to pull the Lady Trojans as close as 42-35 down the stretch, but threes from Skylar Holder, who finished with a game-high 15, and Neiderer helped bump the lead back to 50-36 that wasn’t threatened in the final minutes.
OBA will try and repeat a sweep of Crossings Christian in a Tuesday visit, and Hennessey will travel to rival Chisholm on Tuesday, opening with a matchup of top-25 teams against 3A No 14 Chisholm at 6 p.m.