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December 15, 2012

Lady Pioneers scoring struggles leads to loss against Lawton Eisenhower

STILLWATER, Okla. — A day after the offense lifted the Stillwater High School girls basketball team to a win over Lawton, cold shooting proved to be the Lady Pioneers’ demise in a 45-34 loss to No. 19 Lawton Eisenhower Saturday at the Pioneer Fieldhouse.

Stillwater (4-3) shot 32 percent from the field and went nearly 10 minutes with only one field goal — a run that started in the second quarter and carried over to halfway through the third quarter.

“It was very frustrating,”  Carl Treat said. “We’d get dribble penetration four or five times and then we weren’t able to finish. It’s a physical game and they are post oriented, so their posts are good at helping off drives. We just weren’t able to make the shots we needed to.”

Kayla Klaus led Stillwater with 15 points — including 3 3-pointers — but the Lady Pioneers never could get into a decent flow offensively.

“I thought there were times that we did what we needed to do,” Treat said. “We just couldn’t get enough scores. We were out of rhythm offensively. Down three varsity players is no excuse. We just weren’t able to be consistent enough on the offensive end to make up what they were doing on their end.”

“We didn’t really pass the ball around a lot and we didn’t get it in the post a lot,” Klaus said. “The post was open a lot, but we didn’t get it into them as much as we should have.”

From the start the offense struggled to get anything going against the taller Lady Eagle post players. The Lady Pioneers didn’t score their first basket until there was 2:03 left in the first quarter.

“I think that we weren’t focused really,” Klaus said. “We just didn’t come out with the effort that we needed to win. Since one of our seniors got hurt (Friday), it just made us kind of lose focus.”

Stillwater managed to close the gap to two midway through the second quarter when junior Kayla Klaus drained a 3-pointer from the wing, cutting the Lady Eagles lead to 13-11.

“I was really thinking that we were going to start going and hustling,” Klaus said. “Then I’d make a turnover and walk down the court, which I shouldn’t have done. After we started getting up there with them we started hustling a lot more, but they got ahead and we just let go.”

That’s as close as the Lady Pioneers got as Eisenhower went on a 9-1 run to end the half as the Lady Eagles took a 24-14 lead at the break.

“We cut it to 2 and then they had an 8-0 run,” Treat said. “A lot of that just came down to turnovers. They were able to get two run outs and they got two post feed where we didn’t get the rotation we wanted to.”

The drought continued for the Lady Pioneers through the third quarter before Klaus broke the seal with Stillwater’s only points of the third quarter — a 3-pointer from the wing.

Klaus drained her third 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter, finally giving Stillwater’s offense the spark it needed. The Lady Pioneers went on a 7-2 run to close the gap to 14.

“When you look at our guard play Austyn (Iven), Kayla, Dylan (Fix) and Becca (Worthy) are all able to knock down 3s,” Treat said. “If we have a night where they’re all hitting, we’re going to have to throw another ball out there. But we need to get enough inside touches to cause that to get open. Shooting 30 percent as a team means we’re not getting everything we need to out of everyone.”

Stillwater ended the game on a little bit of a run, pulling within 11 in the final seconds. But eventually time ran out on the Lady Pioneers.

Along with Klaus, Iven finished with 7 points, 5 steals and 5 assists, while sophomore Lauren Stettnisch followed Friday’s 17-point performance by scoring 6 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

“We just have to continue to work and get better,” Treat said. “This is not a high point or a low point, it’s just a point in the season. I saw some things out there that we can grow off of and work on and I saw some things that we have to make sure we can fix.”

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