February 24, 2014

Am-Po girls take overtime district win; Panthers lose big

Max Terrell
The Express-Star

WAYNE, Okla. —

The Amber-Pocasset girls are through to the regional winners bracket in Class 2A with a 55-49 overtime win against Silo.

Am-Po gained back the lead after an early Silo surge. Haley Savage helped keep Am-Po in the game, early scoring five of their 11 points in the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Rebels were able to dictate the pace of the game running in transition and scoring on open looks. In the end of the second quarter Suzanne Parker and Darci Winn both scored by driving down the baseline to close the gap for the Panthers. 

In the second half the Panthers began slowing down their style of play. They began passing the ball more often and patiently waiting for open shots. The majority of the buckets game from right under the basket.

“When I scouted them they didn’t trap a whole lot because they weren’t real tall, but I knew when you trap you’re going to overload one side on the half-court,” head coach Steve Pelzer said. “I told them if you stay patient and reverse the ball the gaps are going to come.”

In Overtime the Panthers managed to hold the Silo to just three points while sinking seven of their nine points from the free throw line. Parker scored five points in the overtime period and Darci Winn scored both of her free throws at the end of the game to guarantee the win for her team.

Am-Po has drawn Cordell in the regional semifinals, hosted in Amber, where a win on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. will send them through to the area round.

Silo sweeps Panthers aside

The Am-Po boys will enter their regional consolation bracket after a big 74-19 loss to Silo. 

The Rebels started the game of by going on a 12 to 0 run in the first few minutes of play, and they never looked back. Tanner Clark, who scored 12 points in the game, scored seven points in the first quarter with a pair of three point shots to help put his team up early.

Lance House led Silo with 15 points, 11 of those came in the second. House continually drove to the basket while grabbing second chance buckets on the offensive boards. 

“We have a bunch of senior kids and junior kids who have been working hard in the summer for this so it’s just fun for them to get to come out and show case their skills.” said Head Coach Dax Simon after the big win Saturday night.  “It’s exciting but we have to get ready for next Thursday.”

Am-Po will have to bounce back quickly as they host Dibble in the regional round on Thursday at 3 p.m.