PONCA CITY, Okla. — The Plainsmen (8-13) nearly broke their losing streak at Ponca City Tuesday night, but the Wildcats (9-12) managed to score three pivotal points in the final seconds of the game to defeat Enid, 60-57.
“They competed a lot better tonight,” Plainsmen head coach Curtis Foster said following the game. The defeat extended Enid’s losing streak to seven games.
Enid played its closest game since Jan. 17, when the Plainsmen fell to then-No. 16 Putnam City West. Neither side held a large lead during the game. By halftime, the Wildcats led the Plainsmen by just two points.
After the third quarter, the two sides were locked in a 40-40 tie. Ponca City and Enid were tied 57-57 with about 18 seconds left. But Ponca City executed at the free throw line.
The Wildcats finished the game shooting 10 of 13 from the line, while the Plainsmen shot 6 of 16.
Ponca City made three of their final four free throws to pull ahead by three. Enid tried for a final push and tried to set up for a three-point attempt, but the Ponca City defense thwarted the last-chance attempt.
Senior Carter Owens racked up a game-high 27 points. The senior Plainsmen led the Plainsmen in the first quarter by scoring seven of their 12 points.
“Carter shot the ball a lot better for us tonight,” Foster said, adding that sophomore Cam Mathis and senior Telin Phillips shot the ball well, too.
Owens hit two field goals and a three-pointer to record another seven points to lead Enid’s 18-point scoring effort to close out the first half. Owens, who led the team with five three-pointers, drained three shots from beyond the arc in the third quarter. Enid finished that period with 12 points.
Phillips scored eight of Enid’s final 15 points. Phillips and sophomore Cam Mathis each finished the game with eight points.
Lady Wildcats rout Pacers
The No. 10 Lady Wildcats (15-4) dropped the Pacers (6-15) by nearly 60 points Tuesday night as Ponca City defeated Enid, 86-28.
The Lady Wilcats managed to rack up at least 20 points in each of the first three quarters. After jumping out to a 26-7 lead, Ponca City put up 32 points in the second quarter to take a 58-12 lead at halftime.
The Lady Wildcats had three players finish with double-digits.
After scoring 12 points in the first half, Enid put up 16 points in the second half. Sophomore Mary Ketterman led the Pacers with nine points and junior Mya Edwards had eight.
The Pacers are still dealing with the difficulty of playing with a reduced roster due to injuries to playmakers such as senior Niesha Fuston. Pacers head coach Nina Gregory said she is down to “four true varsity players.”
Through the adversity, the Gregory’s encouraged the healthy Pacer players to focus on taking advantage of the opportunities they have left to play this season.
“I’m trying to get them to relax and play,” she said, adding some Pacers have been given the opportunity they didn’t have earlier in the year.
The Pacers and Plainsmen head to Choctaw on Friday.