In the third quarter of Friday night’s game against Guthrie, it looked like the Chickasha High boys basketball team was about to take a bad loss to a five-win team on homecoming night.
E.J. Golightly had just been crowned homecoming king at halftime, an event that unavoidably alters the focus of the players involved.
Not that Chickasha was playing particularly well before the half, trailing 26-25. But things got worse in the third quarter before they got better for the Chicks.
The Blue Jays had Chickasha down 41-30 with about four minutes left in the third quarter, before Joey Sylvester, Datious Dufur and Golightly led Chickasha’s comeback for a 65-60 win.
Head coach Bryan Merritt called a timeout when Chickasha went down 11 points. The Chicks came out in a full-court man-to-man press, and with the intensity it appeared they had lost during the halftime festivities.
Dufur scored nine points, and Golightly and Sylvester scored eight each in the third quarter, and Chickasha tied the game at 49 on a layup by Dufur, who was fouled. He hit the free throw to give Chickasha the lead going into the fourth.
Everyone else took a back seat to Golightly in the fourth. The senior point guard scored 12 of Chickasha’s 15 points in the deciding period, finishing the game with 28, ensuring that Guthrie lost its fifth-straight game.
Chickasha was playing without Levi Kell and Rashawn Thomas, both of whom are usually in the Chicks’ limited rotation.
Up next for Chickasha is a home game against El Reno, which beat the Chicks in overtime on Jan. 29 in El Reno.