Sports: Coronation caps wild week of Maroon basketball

February 04, 2020

The Blackwell Maroons basketball team split a pair of games last week in which the second half in both games were the deciding factor in the games. The Maroons started the week with a 42-20 win over perennial Class A power Frontier on Tuesday and then traveled to Woodward on Friday and got routed 69-53.

In the Frontier game the game was close with Frontier leading 17-15 at the half. Frontier would score three points in the final 16 minutes as the Maroons would score 27 to win the game handily. Frontier made one shot inside the arc all night while only attempting six shots. Frontier was 6-for-28 from the three-point range and did not attempt a free throw all night.

The Maroons force 21 turnovers in the game and converted that that to 20 points in the game. Worthy Shepherd led the way with 19 points. Kendall Burtner had an off shooting night with two points but collected a team high 13 rebounds. Ramon Dominguez chipped in with seven points and six rebounds.

The Maroons then traveled to Woodward on Friday and after leading the Bombers 25-20 at the half, so the home team go nuts with 49 second half points, to win the game going away. For the second time in the month of January the Maroons ran into a team that doesn’t miss from inside the arc as the Bombers shot 68-percent in the game going 17-for-25 in the game. The Bombers also shot a respectable 7-for-22 from beyond the arc. The Bombers scored 22 points off 15 Maroon turnovers in the game while the Maroons only managed four points off the 11 Bomber turnovers.

Shepherd and Burtner led the way with 15 and 11 points respectively. Brett Lenon (nine points) and Dominguez (eight points) chipped in with some key points as six of the seven players that saw action scored in the game.

The Lady Maroons started their week with a huge win over Class A Frontier 45-38 last Tuesday and then dropped a heartbreaking 41-40 decision in Woodward on Friday night.

In the Frontier game the score was tied 18-18 at the half and the Maroons trailed 27-24 after three quarters before outscoring the Class A powerhouse 45-38 in the final stanza 21-11 to win the game. The game was won at the free throw line for the Lady Maroons as they shot a very respectable 27-for-32 (84 percent), while Frontier was only 9-for-16 in the game. Both teams attempted 11 shots beyond the arc with the Lady Maroons making two and Frontier making only one shot. The Lady Maroons only shot 15 shots inside the arc, making six of them. Frontier was 13-for-32 inside the arc.

Blackwell lost the turnover battle 17-9 but got Frontier to commit 22 personnel fouls, while the Lady Maroons were only called for 12 fouls.

Paige Scott led the way with 25 points and a 15-for-16 effort from the free throw line last week. Tori Wood had nine points and Bostyn Chambers had seven points as both players were 5-for-6 from the charity stripe.

The Lady Maroons dropped a hard fought 41-40 game in Woodward Friday night. The Lady Maroons trailed 24-22 at the half before taking a 32-29 lead going into the final quarter. The Lady Bombers then won the fourth quarter 12-8 to pull out the one-point win.

Neither team was particularly effective inside the arc as they both shot 30-percent on the night. The Lady Maroons were a very effective 4-for-8 from beyond the arc while the home team was 2-for-17 in the game. The Lady Maroons lost the turnover battle committing 26 to Woodward’s 11 turnovers. The teams combined to go 19-for-37 from the free throw line on 35 personal fouls.

Scott and Wood led the way with 19 and 11 points for the Lady Maroons. Wood also chipped in with ten rebounds.

Blackwell was scheduled to play Newkirk last night for coronation and will travel to Tonkawa on Friday for the first of two meetings this year.