EARLSBORO—The Earlsboro hoop squads honored their seniors Thursday night as they played host to the Paden Pirates and Lady Pirates. The Lady Wildcats earned a 54-39 win, but the Pirates spoiled the Wildcats’ party with a 60-47 decision.
The Lady Wildcats trailed Paden for most of the first half but turned up the defense and saw some shots finally fall in the second stanza.
The two teams played to 12-12 ties after the first quarter, and Paden took a 23-20 lead into the intermission.
Senior Brianna Nadeau kept the Lady Wildcats within striking distance with an 11-point first half. She finished with 13 points in the contest.
The third quarter was all about the Earlsboro defense. They held the Lady Pirates to just two field goals and two free throws and hurt Paden on the other end with some three-point precision. Alexxis Coon got it going, hitting two treys in the frame as Sierra Smith hit one from the corner. Coon’s second bomb came with :49 left in the quarter, giving the Lady Wildcats a 40-29 lead.
Coon opened the fourth with another trey — her fourth of the night — and put to rest any chance of a Paden comeback. Coon finished with a game-high 15 points for Earlsboro. Abbey McCarroll joined Coon and Nadeau in double-figure scoring with 10 points.
Paden was led by Tanner Moore’s 13 points while Kerrigan Vass scored a dozen.
Earlsboro improves to 14-10 on the season.
In the boys’ game, the Wildcats got off to a slow start and could not climb out of the early hole.
The Pirates reeled off the first 12 points of the game. Micah Anderson ended the drought for Earlsboro with 3:22 left in the opening quarter. Paden led 19-10 after the first and held that nine-point advantage throughout the second quarter. Paden led 28-19 at the half and were paced by Luke Gunns. Gunns scored 11 of his game-high 19 points in the first half.
With the exception of the first quarter, the two teams played almost even. Paden outscored the Wildcats 41-37 in the final three quarters.
Paden limited the Wildcats on any runs that could have sparked any kind of rallying point.
Senior Trenton Nadeau led the way in the second half for Earlsboro. He hit three treys and scored all of his nine points in the second half.
Micah Anderson led Earlsboro in scoring with 13 points. Anderson fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, cutting his night short. Elijah Maher and Brady Sheets each chipped in with seven points for the Wildcats.
Gunns was joined by Cory Thomas and Brian Case in double digits. Thomas finished with 17 and Case 13 points.
The Wildcats are 9-13 on the season.