Redlands cagers halve OCAC outings

Kaylan Haywood grabs a rebound. (Photo by Glen Miller)

The time away from Cougars Field House has been slightly friendlier for the Redlands Community College women’s basketball team following a 73-70 win over Northern Oklahoma College of Enid.

The three-point win was the second in three straight road games for RCC, which improved to 13-6 overall and 6-4 in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference standings.

“We played really well,”said Redlands head coach Jeff Niehues. “We hit some shots and got stops when we needed to.”

The Cougars were slated to wrap up a four-game road swing to close out January at Western Oklahoma State College.

The win over the Jets, ranked No. 21 in the latest NCAA Division 1 poll,  was only the second OCAC win in January for Redlands, which dropped a 17-point game to NOC’s sister campus in Tonkawa. Redlands has one game with Eastern under review by officials over eligibility paperwork.

“It’s been a rough month and we’ve been inconsistent. However, with this win and some good practices, I think we can get the corner turned and get some good things going,” said Niehues.

The win over NOC-Enid was aided by a 44-33 scoring edge by Redlands in the second half. The Cougars trailed 37-29 at the half despite getting 15 first-half points by Kayla Pahcoddy and seven from point guard Jalen Tiger.

Pahcoddy led the second-half rally with 20 points, while Lissette Plasencia added nine points and seven from post player Kaylan Haywood.

Pahcoddy ended the game with 35 points and six rebounds, followed by Plasencia’s nine points. Arielle Cooper added five points and seven boards, while Haywood and Tiger both pulled down five rebounds.

Haywood had 14 points, eight caroms and six steals in the 62-45 loss to NOC-Tonkawa. Plasencia added 14 points, while Cooper logged seven points, five rebounds and three steals.

Jared Griffin is fouled while shooting a layup in a recent home game. (Photo by Glen Miller)

Redlands men sliding in OCAC standings

Like most conferences around the nation, winning on the road in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference is proving to be a downright hard task for the Redlands Community College men’s basketball team.

The Cougars dropped a 69-66 game to Northern Oklahoma College of Enid to slip to 7-13 on the season and 4-6 in the OCAC standings. The loss was the fourth in a row for the Cougars and the third straight on RCC’s current four-game road swing to close out the month of January.

Redlands held a 31-24 halftime lead on the Jets, but were outscored 45-35 in the second half en route to the three-point loss.

Revey Norton was one of three Cougars in double digits, hitting a 3-pointer and going 2-of-5 from the free-throw line to highlight his 19 points. He closed with two rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot.

Quienton Paras added 12 points and six rebounds, while Jared Griffin tossed in 7-of-8 free throw attempts en route to his 11 points. Griffin added four rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist.

El Reno native Blaine Owens knocked down a trio of 3-pointers to lead those in single digits with nine points and two caroms. D’Anthony Perkins added five points, two boards, a rebound and a steal.

Joey Gripper followed with four points, three assists and a rebound, followed by Roderick Clark’s four points, three caroms, four assists and two steals.

Tavarion Nix rounded out the scoring with two points, five boards, a blocked shot and a steal.









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