, Muskogee, OK


February 19, 2013

One up, one down: Bacone men outlast OLLU at home; women falter



OLLU 82, Bacone 64

The Lady Warriors, who lost by 24 points last month to the Saints, played a great first half trailing 41-36 at intermission. It was enough to impress OLLU women’s coach Chris Minner.

“Bacone outplayed us in the first half,” he said. “They were hustling, going after loose balls and they came out played harder than we did.”

But turnovers proved to be the undoing of the Lady Warriors. Despite having 16 in the first half, they stayed close by going 12-of-14 from the free-throw line, but that didn’t work for them in the second half.

“At half time we talked about not turning the ball over so much,” said Bacone coach Robbie Shay. ”But then we turned around and had 19 turnovers in the second half.”

Bacone was still down just 10 points at 54-44 early in the second half but the Saints blistering up-tempo style and half-court trap took its toll and they went on a 14-0 run in just 3:30 to put the game away.

The Lady Warriors (8-17, 5-14) had just one player, Emily Lovell, in double figures with 10 points while Nikkia Davis led the way for the Saints (26-2, 19-2) with 19 points.

Despite the loss, Bacone still has a chance to make the conference tournament if it can win its final two games, both at home, Saturday against Texas College and next Monday as it hosts Jarvis Christian.

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