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By Glen Miller
Unable to kick-start its offense into high gear after a sputtering first period, El Reno High School’s boys basketball team had its four-game winning streak snapped in the second game of the U.S. 81 rivalry with Chickasha.
El Reno, ranked No.11 in Class 5A, was outscored in three of the four periods as the 14th-ranked Chicks garnered a split in the series with a 46-32 victory.
The loss dropped the Indians to 11-8 on the season and 6-4 in the Suburban Conference standings.
Both teams got off to a slow start as a free throw was the only point scored for over three minutes. Chickasha closed the first period with seven points, while El Reno settled for one free throw by Justin Brown.
The Indians were 1-of-4 from the line in the period as Brown missed one and Michael Jones missed two.
El Reno battled back in the second period by way of a 16-12 run to make it a two-point game at the half, 19-17. Brown dropped in two baskets and a pair of free throws, while Justin Harris knocked down two 3-pointers en route to a 10-point effort.
Chickasha bolted out to an eight-point lead after three periods as El Reno was limited to five points. Brown and Sage Lamebull scored a basket each, while Jones went 1-for-4 from the free-throw line.
The Chicks then capped the win with a 16-10 scoring edge in the fourth period, with Brown and Bryon Elledge hitting a 3-point basket each to pace EHS.
The 32 points scored by the Indians ties El Reno’s second lowest scoring output of the season. The Indians were 10-of-19 from the free-throw line for 52 percent.
El Reno had only two players in double digits and six total in the scoring column. Brown led the team with 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal. Harris followed with 10 points and a rebound.
The scoring dropped off from there to Elledge’s effort of three points, three rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. Christian Wassana scored two points in the second half, while Lamebull grabbed two rebounds to go along with his basket. Jones was held to one free throw in addition to four boards and an assist.
Josh Bushyhead grabbed three rebounds and a steal, while Bailey Denny had three rebounds and Kasey Gill grabbed one.