The Ponca City Lady Cats picked up their first win of the season over the #7 ranked team in 5A the El Reno Lady Indians 50-41. The game wasn’t the prettiest with defense being the focal point and both teams getting well over double digit turnovers, but sometimes you have to win ugly. The Lady Cats struggled out of the gate, only scoring 7 in the 1st quarter, but got a boost in the 2nd quarter with 3’s from Trinity Reginer and Karis Branstetter and took a 19-14 lead into half. In the 3rd quarter, the Lady Indians full court press caused three straight TO’s and El Reno took back the lead, even though Ally Jennings kept it close knocking down two big 3’s in the quarter. The 4th quarter belonged to the Lady Cats though. Tough Defense all night by Kierstan Crowder and another key 3-pointer by Reginer was enough to secure the victory. In the 1st game of the season Baylee Fincher and Julissa Garcia combined for 42 points, in this game they only managed 12, but certainly contributed in other ways. On this night, others stepped up as Jennings finished with 11, Branstetter 9, Reginer, Crowder and Fincher chipped in 8 each, followed by Garcia with 4 and Carlie Badley with 2. The Lady Cats held El Reno’s leading scorer Hayden Freeman to just 9 pts, well off her career average.
The Wildcats men’s team, showed much improvement from Tuesday, in a loss to #7 in 5A El Reno 67-39. The Wildcats only managed 2 point in the 1st quarter of their Tuesday matchup in Sand Springs, well the offense looked much more polished getting 10 points in the 1st as Anthony Gazaway knocked down a triple and Luke Seals had an and one conversion, but the men trailed by 9. In the 2nd quarter, once again Ponca City got a big boost from the bench led by Sheldon Tawkoyty with 7 pts and Freshman Justin Thompson stepped up with 5 points in the 1st half. The outside shooting of El Reno was too much to handle though, as they hit 7 three pointers in the game. El Reno finished with three players in double figures with Dyson Plumley scoring 18, Rhett Kouba 16, and AJ Sioux 12. The Indians put pressure on the Wildcats causing nearly 15 turnovers. The Wildcats fought tough on the glass and never seemed to back down. Ponca City was led by Tawkoyty 12, Gazaway 8, Chazz Shymanski & Luke Seals 7, 5 from Thompson, and 2 for P.O. Seals.