Eisenhower girls have played a tough schedule but that experience is paying off as the Eagles are executing solid defense and that was the key Friday as they beat Guthrie to advance to the finals of the Compass Athletic Classic Tournament at Woodward High School.
Daniel Wall’s Eagles are just 3-2 at this point of the young season but they beat Perryton, Texas, Friday in a defensive struggle, 40-30, then came right back 24 hours later and limited Guthrie to just 44 in taking the semifinal victory by a 65-44 score.
Tonight at 6:30 p.m. the Ike girls will face host Woodward in a battle of 5A teams that are expected to be among the best by the time the playoffs arrive since both have rather young clubs.
“The key tonight against Guthrie was that Anjolye Clayton did a super defensive job on their best player, the (Braydon) Russell girl,” Wall said. “Russell was averaging 20 a game and she held her to just 13. That girl is a guard but she’s 5-8 or 5-9 and tough to defend but she did a great job slowing her down. She got 13 but she hit two late threes when we had put our reserves in the game.”
Ike jumped out to a 12-5 lead after one quarter and pushed the halftime margin to 10 at 26-16 and after that Ike came up with key buckets whenever the Bluejays would threaten.
“We had three big plays in the game that helped us,” Wall said. “Nadia Smith got three offensive rebounds on one possession to help us score, then at the end of the third quarter Naomi Smith goes full court and hits a 35-footer off the glass that gave us an eight-point lead. The other one was when Jamiya Morgan had a monster “and one” in the second quarter and also hit a big three in the fourth.”
Wall said it’s great to get some big efforts from different players.
“Tonight we hit nine threes from four different girls, we had nine girls score and we got the great defensive effort for the second straight game,” he said.
Clayton led the Eagles with 25, hitting five treys in the process. Naomi Smith also reached double figures with 10.
In Friday’s win over Perryton, Mikaela Hall was the spark for the offense, scoring 13 points, grabbing nine boards and blocking four shots. Naomi Smith added 11 points plus she grabbed six steals and eight rebounds.
Cache boys smother ‘Darko in second half
After trailing by two at halftime, the Cache boys played air-tight defense and outscored Class 4A No. 7 Anadarko 28-11 in the final two frames to claim a 41-26 home victory on Friday.
Against a program (and a coach in Doug Schumpert) known for defense and grind-it-out games, Cache flipped the script in a third quarter where they forced a handful of turnovers and turned them into a 16-5 run.
“I felt like our kids came out and really got after it on defense,” Cache coach Miles Thompson said. “That third-quarter burst really sent us on our way.”
Morgan Cox scored 14 and Christian Daniel had 11 to lead the Bulldogs.
Cache (3-1) plays at Altus on Tuesday. Anadarko (3-2) hosts Clinton on Tuesday.