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Fresh off Christmas break, the Western Oklahoma State College Lady Pioneers had an opportunity to make the new year begin the right way when they faced off against the Cisco College Lady Wranglers on Friday. Instead, Cisco defended its home court and sent the Lady Pioneers back home with their eighth loss of the season.
The, 62-52, win for the Lady Wranglers saw the two teams stay locked in a close battle throughout. After two quarters, Cisco led by just two points, 26-24. But a 22-point third quarter helped the Lady Wranglers put a little distance between themselves and Western. After that, the Lady Wranglers just needed to maintain their lead through the fourth quarter, which they did, outscoring Western, 14-13, to pick up the win.
The Lady Pioneers’ problems on the court were evident. In 65 shot attempts, the Lady Pioneers made just 15. Couple that with Western’s struggles with ball security — 29 turnovers — and it was hard to see a way in which the game ended with a Lady Pioneers’ win.
Comparatively, those same struggles seemed to exist on Cisco’s side of the court as well, only to a lesser degree. The Lady Wranglers converted 22 of their 68 shot attempts and turned the ball over 18 times. Both teams were equally as bad at the three point line, making just two each, but the Lady Wranglers rode Keviona Barber’s 14 points and Traeli Calhoun’s 12 points to victories.
The Lady Pioneers had Ariel Williams on the floor, but her shot didn’t fall nearly as often as it usually does. The sophomore attempted 13 shots and made four of them, but she scored 18 points in the game thanks to an efficient day at the free-throw line where she made 10 of her 12 attempts.
The only other Western player to score more than seven points for the Lady Pioneers was Kaya Lovell who finished with 10. Emmy Cobb started the game for Western and finished with seven points, but the remaining starters for the team were mostly absent.
Paradize Jackson finished 2-for-14 with four points while Marquetta Jackson-Rogers chipped in two. The rest of the team’s points came from the reserves where Caitlin Gillespie scored five and Zantasia White, Chiawna Johnson and Delecia Brown each added two.
For Cisco, starters Alexis Jones and Zoe Holmes scored nine and three points respectively while two different reserves scored six each and two others added four points each.
The Lady Wranglers move to 11-1 on the season having won eight straight while the Lady Pioneers drop to 6-8 having lost four straight.
Western was at Murray State on Monday but the results were not known by press time. The Lady Pioneers will be back in action tomorrow when they take on Eastern Oklahoma State in Wilburton. There, the Lady Pioneers should expect a much easier opponent as Eastern Oklahoma is just 6-9 on the season.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.