Stillwater News Press

February 19, 2014

Pioneers pounce on Ponca City

By Derek Brown
Stillwater News Press

STILLWATER, Okla. — Jared Dickey had his career-high 31 points in No. 11 ranked Stillwater’s 81-56 senior night victory on Tuesday night. But that was not the most important thing to Dickey.

Dickey was playing for his longtime friend and teammate Brett Budke, who was not suited up for his final game in Stillwater because of an injury.

“(Budke) has been a good friend of mine for a long time. Most of that was for him. I wanted to play for him,” Dickey said.

Dickey went 14 of 17 and 2 of 3 from the free throw line. Dickey also hit a 3-pointer.

“They just kept getting me the ball and I just kept scoring,” Dickey said. “We weren’t hitting outside shots so we had to get it inside.”

Dickey’s performance came in his final game in the Stillwater gym.

“It was senior night and he stepped up and was determined that he was not going to let it end the way it wasn’t supposed too,” Stillwater coach Michael Davis said.

Fellow senior Carson Teel scored 16 points in the big win.

Senior Garrett Christian scored nine points on three 3-point shots.

Senior Gabe Campis started the game. Campis hit the Pioneer’s last field goal which was a 3-pointer. Once Campis’ shot fell through the net the Pioneer crowd erupted.

“I thought those (seniors) played great,” Davis said. “In three years these guys have lost one game at home.”

Stillwater held just a 32-28 lead at the half. In the locker room Davis delivered a message and the Pioneers answered with 49 second half points.

“I try to tell them two or three things negative and then I try to get them a list of positive things,” Davis said.

Lady Pioneers pull past Ponca late

Stillwater used a solid performance from the free throw line to get by rival Ponca City on Tuesday night.

The Lady Pioneers hosted the Lady Wildcats for senior night. SHS came away with a 60-46 victory after shooting 22 of 29 from the line compared to Ponca City’s 8 of 20 shooting performance from the charity stripe.

“Most of our fouls are silly reach-in fouls. That’s just a bad habit we need to get rid of that,” Stillwater coach Clay Stephens said. “(Our free throw percentage) was not great but we’ll take it.”

Stillwater’s Lauren Stettnisch had a slow start but a strong finish. Stettnisch ended the night with a game-high 19 points. Dylan Fix dropped in 17 points in the win. Senior guard Becca Worthy scored 13 points in the victory.

“(Worthy)  has been playing really well for us the last two weeks,” Stephens said. “(Worthy) has come a long ways.”

Ponca City’s Kenzie Lyons led the Lady Wildcats with 13 points.

The scoring opened up in the fourth quarter for Stillwater. Ponca City pressured the Lady Pioneers heavy and allowed SHS to get multiple easy buckets in transition. Stillwater had 26 fourth quarter points.

“Maybe they were confused on what they were trying to do,” Stephens said. “We probably got 10 points on layups.”

The Lady Pioneers can use the victory as a way to measure their progress since seeing Ponca City on the road where Stillwater suffered a 56-47 loss.

“Coming out and playing like we know we can is a big confidence booster,” Worthy said.

With just one regular season game remaining before facing Muskogee in the opening round of regionals the Lady Pioneers hope to put three things together.

“Our defense has gotten better. Our turnovers has gone down and now our shooting seems to be a little off from what it was. If we can put all three of those things together we’re pretty good,” Stephens said. “It’s going to take all three of those to get it done.”

Stillwater will return to action Friday with a road game at Southeast. It will be the final regular season game for the Pioneers before regionals start Feb. 27 and 28.