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By Glen Miller
Losing back-to-back games for the first time this season, El Reno High School’s girls basketball team settled for fourth place in the 2012 Anadarko Warrior Classic after a 75-44 setback to the Oklahoma City Storm.
The 31-point loss to the home-schooled team came in the third-place game and matched the worse defeat of the season for EHS. The Indians, ranked No.18 in Class 5A, closed with a 1-2 record for the event and 4-6 mark on the season.
“By far our worst outing of the year on Saturday,” said El Reno head coach Renie Whittern.
“You could tell that the girls left it all out on the court Friday night against Anadarko and we just didn’t have anything left in the tank against a very tough home-school team. Our legs were gone and normal shots made by some of our better shooters were short and off. Our free throws were off and our energy was not there.”
El Reno trailed 18-9 after one period, but played the Storm to within four points, 21-17, in the second period. The Indians were outscored 36-18 over the final two periods, which included a 22-10 break by OKC in the fourth period.
El Reno shot 14-of-59 from the field (23.7 percent), which included a 3-of-16 effort from the 3-point line. The Indians shot 13-of-24 from the free-throw line for 54.2 percent, but were hampered by 21 turnovers and 24 team fouls.
Sheridan Gray led the team in scoring with 13 points, while logging six rebounds, three assists and a steal. Regan Owen followed with nine points, seven boards and a steal.
Jentri Thompson closed with seven points and five rebounds, while Teresa Blurton added five points and four caroms. Taleigh Davis had three points, three boards and a dish.
Sisters Sierra and Allora Bellymule scored two points each and combined for four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. Alaney Karty had two points and four boards, while Trista Sioux grabbed three rebounds and a free throw.
Anadarko 54, El Reno 38
El Reno rallied from an early 12-2 deficit against the top-ranked team in Class 4A and trailed by the host team by only six points in the fourth period before falling by 16.
“The girls gave their best effort and energy of the year Friday against an Anadarko team that is one of the top three or four teams in the state in any classification. We had it to a five-point game late, but just couldn’t hang toward the end,” said Whittern.
The Indians outscored Anadarko 12-8 in the second period and logged double-digit scoring in three of the four periods.
El Reno ended the game shooting 12-of-37 from the field for 32.4 percent, which included a 3-of-9 effort from the 3-point arc. Anadarko shot only 25 percent from the floor, but netted seven baskets from long distance.
El Reno was hampered by 30 turnovers and 20 fouls, but did out-rebound the Warriors, 31-30. Anadarko outscored the Indians 44-38 in the paint, but EHS held a 16-5 edge in bench scoring.
Davis led the team with eight points, four boards and a block. Gray followed with seven points, a rebound and a steal. Karty and Blurton each scored six points and combined for nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Allora Bellymule added five points and seven rebounds, followed by Sierra Bellymule with three points. Owen had four caroms and two points, while Thompson closed with six boards and a free throw.
El Reno 56, Star Spencer 29
The Indians snapped a three-game win streak for the Bobcats, who entered the game with an 8-1 record and ranked No.21 in the state in Class 4A.
El Reno’s defense held Star Spencer to single-digit scoring in three of the periods, while the Indians offense generated double-digit efforts in three of the last four frames.
El Reno was 21-of-54 from the floor (38.9 percent), which included an 8-of-19 effort from the 3-point line.
The Indians led in most categories including rebounds (29-22), assists (17-4), turnovers (23-21), steals (9-4), fouls (18-13), paint points (38-32) and bench points (25-1).
Gray logged 14 points, four rebounds and two steals, while Davis added 14 points, a steal, two assists and a pair of rebounds. Thompson logged eight points and five boards.
Kayla Lena scored five points off the bench, while Blurton closed with four points, five rebounds and five assists. Owen had three points, four boards, a steal, an assist and a blocked shot.
Sioux, Karty and the Bellymule sisters scored two points each. The group combined for eight rebounds, six assists, five steals and six blocks.