NOC Enid Women will seek both revenge and progress in the Region 2 basketball rankings when they host Seminole in the first half of a women-men doubles match at 1pm at Mabee Center Saturday.
A win over the Belles (11-4, 18-6) would put the Lady Jets in a tie for third in the women’s standings and avenge a 77-74 loss to Seminole last month.
“It’s huge,” Lady Jets coach Kelli Jennings said. “We’ve been looking forward to this game for a long time.”
Seminole had five double-digit players in the first meeting, led by Amaya Gordon with 19. Tegan Jones, who is expected to return to the roster after missing the 78-71 loss at Eastern with a concussion, led the Lady Jets with 25 .
“We didn’t have the rotation we needed on defense last time out,” Jennings said. “We let some of their shooters get too many open shots. We had no idea how good some of these shooters were back then. We do it now. We also need to reduce our turnover.”
LaKyshia Johnson will remain on concussion protocol.
This will be the last scheduled home game for sophomores Averi Zinn, Cassidy Franklin and Aleisha Hester, who will be recognized for their contributions.
“It’s always moving,” Jennings said of Sophomore Night. “They’re one of the closest bands I’ve ever been around. They genuinely like each other. We break up as a family, not because it’s the popular thing to do, but because of what the girls feel for each other.
The Jets, 3-12, 10-18, will look to repeat an earlier 101-96 win over the Trojans (9-6, 20-6). Quentin Harvey had 22 points while Dakoda Joachim had 19. NOC was 10 of 25 from three-point range on 40% and 37 of 73 overall on 50.7%.
“It was one of the best games we’ve played all year,” said NOC Enid coach Chris Gerber. “We shot the ball well. We get along well with them. It will depend on who can make more shots and who can defend.
Jlynn Counter, the team’s leading scorer (17.1) is expected to play after missing the past two weeks with an ankle injury.
Gerber said it’s hard to predict if this will be another high-scoring game.
This will be the last home game for Alex Raiford, Matus Skuben, Joachim and Harvey.
“I’m really happy with all of our sophomores,” Gerber said. “This is the first course I’ve had in two years as a head coach and I have nothing but good things to say about their hard work on and off the pitch. We want to send them off on a high and a win.”
The Jets have lost five straight but are guaranteed to have the No. 8 seed at next week’s Region 2 tournament in Shawnee.
Gerber said it was undecided if a match with Connors that was postponed Thursday would be made up.
“You want to have some kind of momentum going into the playoffs,” Gerber said.