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Ike makes statement vs.Choctaw

Eisenhower's basketball teams came away with statement wins on Friday night, sweeping Choctaw's Top 10 squads in convincing fashion. The girls used a strong fourth quarter to defeat the Yellowjackets, 55-41, while the boys took control early on the way to a 72-58 victory.

Ike girls soar past Choctaw

Naomi Smith scored only two points, but those were essentially the most important of the game.

With Choctaw on a 9-2 run and the game tied at 35 late in the third quarter, Smith corralled a loose ball and raced down the court, laying in a fast-break layup at the buzzer to give Eisenhower a two-point advantage going into the fourth. The Eagles used that momentum shift to take control of the contest, pulling away for an impressive 55-41 win over the Class 6A No. 3 Yellowjackets at home on Friday night.

Eagles coach Daniel Wall said Smith has made a habit of making big plays at crucial points this season.

"(Smith) made an unbelievable play there," Wall said. "She's done that a couple of times this year  hitting shots at the buzzer. That was a big drive and a big play by a freshman, and she's doing a great job for us."

Ginger Reece led Ike with 18 points, while Jaeda Reed added 17 points with a dominant performance in the paint. Delicia Brown also made quite an impact for the Eagles, scoring six of her nine points during the 18-6 run in the fourth.

"(Reed) and (Reece) really scored the basketball well," Wall said. "Jaeda did a great job inside on their big girl and score quite a bit as well, and Ginger definitely did a great job. (Brown) came up with some big-time buckets. I'm so happy for her, and she's just a great kid. She had a huge fourth quarter with six big points."

Of coure, Ike didn't pull away from the Yellowjackets with offensive firepower alone. 

The defense played one of its best quarters of the season, keeping Choctaw from finding the open looks it went to for a majority a majority of the game. The Yellowjackets didn't tally a point in the fourth quarter until the 4:12 mark.

Wall said his team's defensive intensity was on another level in the second half.

"We play with great passion on defense, and Hallie Horton did an unbelievable job on the defensive end against (Choctaw's) Aliyah Llanusa," Wall said. "We did a really good job of attacking them. Even when we were up, we still attacked. 

"We didn't want to play scared  we went ahead and shut things down."

The Eagles' free throw efficiency proved to make a difference in the outcome.

Ike missed its first two shots from the line, but made 11 of its last 12. The Yellowjackets weren't as fortunate, finishing 7-of-14.

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