By Derek Brown
BIXBY, Okla. —
It looked as though Stillwater found a new groove. The Pioneers pulled off three straight wins, including beating No. 11 ranked Broken Arrow 81-73 on Thursday night. But when it came to Friday the 13th, the Pioneers were not so happy.
Class 5A No. 3 Del City and Stillwater met in the semifinals of the Bixby Invitational on Friday. Del City showed off its talent with a big 70-46 win.
“They were disappointed but they understand it’s a process. We as a coaching staff have to keep getting better and try to go forward every game,” Stillwater coach Michael Davis said.
Stillwater will play for third place in the tournament on Saturday.
The 46 points were the lowest outing offensively for the year. Stillwater had yet to score less than 63 points in its previous games this season.
“They didn’t quit. They knew they were up against a really good team,” Davis said. “They played it all the way through the fourth quarter, even though we were behind.”
The loss gave the Pioneers a feeling that they do not want to feel again.
“I guarantee you that will help us in the long run. Those guys will remember the feeling that they’re feeling right now,” Davis said.
It was not quite the way that the Lady Pioneers wanted the Bixby Invitational to go up to this point.
Stillwater dropped the first game to East Central 55-38 on Thursday. The Lady Pioneers then fell to Del City 67-60.
“We do things right in spurts,” Stillwater coach Clay Stephens said.
Lauren Stettnisch dropped in 20 points and Dylan Fix had 17 points in the losing cause.
The loss puts Stillwater to a four-game skid.
“Our problems are self-inflicted,” Stephens said.
SHS will play Glendale, Ark., at 10 a.m. Saturday.