By Derek Brown
Stillwater News Press
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. —
Stillwater wanted to win all of its home games this year. Bartlesville broke that streak in the last meeting of these two teams. The Pioneers remembered that.
The No. 11 ranked Pioneers went to Bartlesville and came out with a slight victory at 62-58, but Stillwater will take it.
“Bartlesville is a much better team than their record states and I knew they would play tough at home,” Stillwater coach Michael Davis said. “It wasn’t one of our better games. It was an ugly win but it’s a win.”
The Pioneers moved up to 14-6 with the win. Bartlesville fell to 8-11 on the season.
Carson Teel led the way for SHS with 22 points and seven rebounds. Trey Holcomb had 14 points on the night. Jordan Brown chipped in eight points. Jake Green, Jared Dickey and Brandon Prather all scored six points in the road victory.
In the win many Pioneers got extended minutes. Gabe Campis and Aaron Noftsger were among the handful that got extra playing time.
“We needed that one,” Davis said. “It was a solid effort. We got some other guys into the mix tonight.”
The Pioneers know that they have Sand Springs on Feb. 28 in the regional tournament. The game is an elimination game. Stillwater is using its last few games as a way to get better on the court.
“We are trying to improve and improve on our record. We got a lot of things at stake here that we’re trying to get done. We’re trying to finish with a winning record and trying to win out,” Davis said.
Bartlesville 62, Stillwater 35
It was almost an exact replica of what happened in the earlier meeting between Stillwater and Bartlesville.
The Lady Pioneers went to the No. 6 ranked Lady Bruins’ place looking for revenge but came up short by means of a 62-35 loss. Stillwater hung in the game as it went into the break down 24-20. Bartlesville turned up the frequency in the second half after outscoring SHS 38-15.
“We played pretty good the first half. The second half they kicked the crap out of us,” Stillwater coach Clay Stephens said. “We weren’t playing bad but when we shoot it’s not going in. So we lose our enthusiasm for playing defense. They got a bunch of easy baskets in transition because we weren’t getting back quite as hard as we needed to be.”
Stillwater had no answer for Hailey Tucker who poured in 30 points in the big win. Julie Benyshek also scored 12 points.
Lady Pioneer Dylan Fix led Stillwater with 13 points. Lauren Stettnisch chipped in 12 in the loss.
Stillwater dropped to 8-13 this season following the road loss. The Lady Pioneers will be back in action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when they will host Ponca City.
The regionals were set earlier this week so the Lady PIoneers are using the last few games of the season to polish off their skillset. SHS will go to Muskogee on Feb. 27, to take on No. 8 ranked Muskogee in an elimination game.
“Our defense has picked up but our shooting has not been all that good here lately. We just need to put that together and keep playing pretty good defense and improve our shooting a little bit and we’ll be alright,” Stephens said. “(Muskogee) is beatable. They’re not robots.”