Big fourth quarter gives Anadarko boys the win
With the fourth ranked team in 4A on the ropes heading into the final quarter, Chickasha was on the verge of perhaps their biggest win of the season.
But as ranked teams tend to do, Anadarko quickly eliminated that opportunity. Aram Johnson’s 27 points led them to a 61-47 win, although the score line does not reflect what was an even contest for at least three quarters.
The start was anything but subdued. Cole Young had a breakaway layup and a put-back for four points in just the first minute. The Warriors weren’t deterred, and hit back with Parton in the middle of the action.
Parton’s six helped Anadarko to a four point lead when the second quarter started, capped by a nice jump stop into a layup between three Fightin’ Chicks. Johnson took over in the second quarter, when most of his nine first-half points fell in.
Chickasha’s six-point second quarter swing was heavily influenced by Shumway and Henderson, who have started to form somewhat of a dream team. First it was Shumway, who finished the night on 10 points, hitting Henderson in quick transition for a layup, before things were reversed on an in-bounds play to get a close-range jumper and the foul.
Henderson, who had a rare start on the bench before sinking a team-leading 22 points, struck again later in the second with a layup and the foul shot to give Chickasha the lead. In the midst of all that, Colten Christian’s three pointer stopped the hint of Warrior momentum from growing any bigger. By halftime, Chickasha had picked up some of their own and led by two.
The Warriors had a much better second half at Chickasha’s expense. Aron Johnson saved his best for the third quarter, with 10 points as Anadarko built a 13-2 run to put them far ahead.
The Fightin’ Chicks pulled back within five by the end of the third, but an 18-5 run for the Warriors in the fourth put things beyond reach.