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By Glen Miller
Redlands Community College women’s basketball team moved to within a half game of fourth place in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with a 79-73 win over Connors State College.
The win was the third in a row for RCC, which improved to 13-7 overall. The Cougars are 7-5 in the OCAC standings and trail Murray State by half a game.
Redlands and Connors State were tied 31-all at the half despite the Cougars getting 10 points from Kaylan Haywood and nine from Lissette Plasencia.
The Cougars exploded for 48 points in the second half, 16 of those from Plasencia and 11 from Haywood. However, the Cougars had to hold off a late rally as the Cowboys cut a 12-point deficit down to five in the final three minutes.
Redlands’ Jalen Tiger hit two clutch free throws with 35.2 seconds left, while Plasencia made the back end of a two-shot trip to the charity stripe with 18.6 seconds left to give RCC its final six-point margin.
Plasencia scored a team-high 25 points and logged four steals, while Haywood closed with a double-double with 21 points and a team-leading 16 rebounds.
Kayla Pahcoddy chipped in nine points and eight rebounds, followed by Tiger with nine points and five steals – a team high.
Redlands snap losing skid
Outscoring Connors State by a 13-9 margin in overtime, Redlands Community College men’s basketball team was able to snap a five-game losing streak with a 76-72 win over the Cowboys.
The victory avenged an earlier 25-point loss to Connors State and lifted the Cougars to 8-14 on the season. Redlands improved to 5-7 in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference standings.
Redlands trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half, before climbing back to within a point. Revey Norton had a slam dunk off an alley-oop pass from Blaine Owens. Owens swished a baseline jumper with 3:45 left to pull Redlands to within 27-25.
However, the Cowboys went on a 10-6 run to close the half, hitting two 3-pointers, to take a 37-31 halftime lead.
The Cougars would battle back to outscore Connors State 32-26 over the final 20 minutes to force the overtime session tied at 63-all.
Norton closed with a team-high 25 points, including two 3-pointers, to go along with six rebounds, six assists, four steals and a blocked shot.
Joey Gripper followed with 14 points, two caroms and four assists. Jared Griffin went 6-of-7 from the line to highlight his 10 points. He flirted with a double-double after logging nine rebounds, two steals and a block.
Tavarion Nix led those in single digits with eight points, eight rebounds, a steal and a block. Roderick Clark added seven points, three boards, two assists and a steal. Quienton Paras ended with five points and five boards.
Owens’ former El Reno teammate, Devante Moore, was on the court for the Cowboys, struggling with foul trouble and closing with a 3-pointer. Owens had the better game with a trey and seven points total, one rebound, one assist and a steal.