By Derek Brown
Stillwater News Press
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Anyone sitting in the Pioneer Fieldhouse could tell that Stillwater was elated to be playing at home for just the second time this season.
The No. 15 ranked Pioneers hosted rival Enid Tuesday night. Stillwater’s early lead carried it to a 69-57 victory.
“It’s a W, that’s the most important thing. My thing is we could’ve played better,” Stillwater coach Michael Davis said. “The good thing is that they weren’t satisfied with it.”
Stillwater had balanced offense with three players in double digits and a player with nine, eight and seven. Carson Teel led all scorers with 18 points. Brett Budke scored 14 and Jared Dickey came off of the bench to put in 10 points. Jake Green scored nine, Trey Holcomb dropped in eight and Jordan Brown chipped in seven.
“We’re so unselfish and I love it,” Teel said. “It’s a family thing. We all love each other and want each other to do good.”
Even though the Pioneers had a balanced offense, Stillwater still is not yet where it wants to be. SHS had 12 turnovers and shot just 13 of 22 from the free throw line.
“We have things that we have to get fixed,” Davis said. “It’s a process and that’s part of the process.”
Stillwater could have come into the game against Enid, a 1-12 team, thinking that the Pioneers had already won. Instead SHS came out ready to go.
“We don’t let them get complacent. The most dangerous team is one that is 1-11. They don’t have anything to lose and everything to gain,” Davis said.
The Pioneers were outscored 36-28 in the second half and the team knew that.
“We know they outscored us in the second half. Trust me, we know. They’re not too happy about it and I’m not too happy about it,” Davis said.
Stillwater moved to 8-4 on the season and is still unbeaten at home sitting at 2-0.
“Every day we work hard to come here and play for our fans,” Teel said. “It’s a completely different game when we’re here at home than when we’re on the road. Once the energy gets to us it gets us going.”
Stillwater dug an early hole that it could never get out of at home Tuesday against rival Enid.
The No. 15 ranked Pacers held that lead for the entire 32 minutes to come out of Stillwater with a 53-34 victory.
“It was bad all the way around and that’s my responsibility,” Stillwater coach Clay Stephens said.
Enid’s balance and stingy defense led the way. The Pacers had three players in double figures. Enid’s Andi Pierce led the Pacers with 12, Abby Lee dropped in 11 and Kylee Vastal chipped in 10 points in the lopsided victory.
Stillwater shot just 14 of 47 against the stingy Enid defense.
“Our shooting was not very good,” Stephens said.
Stillwater’s Dylan Fix returned from an injury after being out for the East Central Oklahoma Classic last week. Fix was able to get separation in the third quarter and hit three 3-pointers in a row. Fix ended the night with 15 points, including four scores from beyond the arc.
“Dylan shot the ball extremely well,” Stephens said.
Enid’s defense double-teamed Lauren Stettnisch and allowed the junior to get just five points.
“When people double-team our post players and we have people open we can’t get that recognized. We have to work on that,” Stephens said.
Stillwater has been struggling with maintaining control of the basketball. The Pacer defense pressured SHS and forced 20 Lady Pioneer turnovers.
“We’ve turned the ball over in the first five minutes and dug ourselves a hole,” Stephens said. “We dug ourselves that hole and we can’t get out of it.”
The Lady Pioneers started off on the wrong foot with a 21-11 deficit after the first frame. The nightmare got worse when Stillwater scored only a bucket in the second quarter to trail 29-13 at the break.
“We did not start very well we got behind right off the bat. That’s my fault. I’ll take responsibility for that,” Stephens said.
Stillwater did hang with Enid much closer in the second half being outscored just 24-21.
“The second half I thought we competed a little better,” Stephens said.