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By Glen Miller
Dropping two games in the final minute of play, El Reno High School’s girls basketball team exited a tough Shawnee Invitational with only one victory.
All three games of the tourney were against teams ranked in the top 25 of their respective classes as El Reno, ranked No.19 in Class 5A, slipped to 6-10 on the year.
El Reno dropped a 54-51 game to Ardmore, ranked No.15 in 5A, in the consolation finals after leading the Tigers for three and a half quarters – before losing the advantage in the final 30 seconds.
The Indians led 15-11 after one period and 28-22 at the break. Ardmore started its rally in the third period behind a 17-13 scoring edge, before outscoring El Reno 15-10 over the final eight minutes.
El Reno ended the game shooting 17-of-49 from the field for 34.7 percent, but hit only 2-of-8 shots from the 3-point arc. The Indians struggled from the free-throw line with a 15-of-25 effort for 60 percent.
Ardmore led in rebounds (21-18), paint points and bench points (22-13). El Reno held the edge in steals (10-8), while the teams were tied with seven assists and 21 turnovers.
Regan Owen led El Reno with 16 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots, followed by Sierra Bellymule’s 10 points and three steals.
Taleigh Davis followed with eight points, two assists and a steal. Sheridan Gray added five points, two boards, two assists and a pair of steals. Allora Bellymule closed with five points and three rebounds.
Jentri Thompson logged four points, two rebounds and a steal, while Teresa Blurton had three points and a rebound.
El Reno 68, NW Classen 54
The Knights, ranked No.21 in Class 5A, fell to El Reno, which ended the game shooting 19-of-62 from the field for 30.6 percent. However, the Indians netted five 3-pointers in the win, and converted 25-of-34 free throws for 73.5 percent.
El Reno led 18-14 after one period, but broke the game open with a 26-15 scoring edge in the second period. The Indians were outscored 25-24 over the final two periods.
The Knights out-rebounded EHS 36-33, but El Reno led in assists (5-0), steals (8-0) and bench points (29-3).
Owen led El Reno in scoring with 15 points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocks. Alaney Karty added a season-high 13 points to go along with three boards and a steal.
Gray was one of four in double digits with 11 points, three rebounds and a steal. Davis added 10 points, a rebound and two assists.
Blurton and Allora Bellymule scored six points each and combined for nine rebounds, three steals and two assists. Sierra Bellymule added four points, a steal and a rebound. Thompson closed with three points, seven caroms and two steals.
Stillwater 60, El Reno 53 (OT)
The Indians were outscored by the Pioneers, ranked No.19 in Class 6A, 12-5 in the extra period. El Reno trailed 14-10 after one frame, but rallied behind scoring margins of 15-10 and 16-11 over the middle periods to fashion a 41-35 lead after three periods.
Stillwater forced the extra period with a 13-7 run in the fourth period.
Gray topped El Reno with 19 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Owen was close behind with 17 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double.
Karty had six points and seven rebounds, followed by four points and a steal from Davis. Thompson added three points and two caroms.
Sierra Bellymule finished with two points, five boards and four steals, while Blurton chipped in two points, three boards and two assists.