STROUD — Class 2A ninth-ranked Preston used a big second quarter to upend Seminole 74-63 Thursday at the Stroud Coliseum Classic.
Seminole led 16-12 after one quarter but was outscored 29-16 over the next eight minutes to trail 41-32 at the intermission. Preston never gave up the lead.
“The second quarter was not optimal,” Seminole coach Josh Edenborough said. “We knew they could score — they average 75 points — but we made mental mistake after mental mistake in the second quarter. They shot 15 free throws in the quarter because we allowed them to get to spots where we had no other option than to foul them. We just got beat by a better team tonight. I didn’t prepare them as well as I should have and we didn’t get it done defensively.”
Dayton Jackson, Seminole’s leading scorer with 17, canned three 3-point field goals. Shemmario Stephens added 16 points while Chieftain teammate Adam Nance had 10.
Preston was 23 of 39 from the free-throw line. Seminole was 7 of 12.
Seminole (6-2) will take on Cushing, a first-round loser to Mannford, at noon today.
Seminole’s girls found difficulty on two fronts Thursday at the Stroud Coliseum Classic.
The Lady Chieftains dropped a 38-23 opening-round decision to Cushing and also saw sophomore Mikayla Harge suffer a knee injury.
Harge had a team-high 10 points before getting sandwiched between two Cushing players in the fourth quarter. There was no information available as to the extent of the injury.
Hayden Harjo added seven points for Seminole, which trailed 20-11 at the half. Harjo and teammate Abby Carter had a 3-point field goal apiece.
Seminole will meet OCS at 11 a.m. today in consolation action.