CHICKASHA — Four Chickasha players scored double-digit points as they won a wide-open game against the Elgin boys 67-52 on Tuesday.
Freshman Brock Henderson starred on the night, leading the team with 16 points and completing the double-double with 10 rebounds. Colton Christian scored 14 points for Chickasha, Brandon Shumway added 11, and Taray Thomas came away with 10.
Head coach Nathan Pennypacker’s fast-paced idea of basketball made a statement for the first time on home court, and it was quickly deemed a winner. Chickasha was attacking from all angles, and that resulted in a 10-4 run to start things off. Led by the freshman Henderson at point, there were few players that stepped on the court who didn’t score.
Seven first-half turnovers didn’t help Elgin, and the Fightin’ Chicks took advantage almost every time. Shumway and Taray Thomas scored some easy fast-break points to take the score to 19-13. Elgin hung in the game with their outside shooting, as Jordan Rogers led the way with a few clutch first half threes. He ended the game with 12 on the night.
Christian returned the favor, sinking a couple from downtown to keep the Fightin’ Chicks well in the lead. It may not happen often this season, but Chickasha was able to take advantage with their slight size advantage down low. TJ Filer was a constant threat on the defensive end to keep the Owls with just one shot opportunity, if any at all. By halftime, Chickasha led 35-23.
It was a lead they did not relinquish, but Elgin did get a few late threes at the end of the third quarter. Jeremiah Johnson led Elgin with 14 points for the game. The Owls tried to turn up the tempo in the second half, but Chickasha remained in control and ahead for the majority of the game. Henderson dropped in a few pull-up jumpers, and the Chicks led by nine as the third frame ended.
They came within seven at one point in the fourth quarter, but could never string enough shots together to mount a serious comeback.