CHICKASHA — There was no magical playoff run for the Chickasha boys this year, as they were sent out at the first hurdle by No. 5 Lawton-MacArthur 68-40 on Friday.
The Highlanders struck hard after a bright start from the Fighin’ Chicks in the first round regional match, with their quick transition game once again proving successful early on. MacArthur’s foothold only grew deeper as the game progressed. Jariun Nolan was at the center of offensive action in the lane, leading the floor with 19 points as one of three Mac players into double-digits.
He was a big part of an 11-0 run out of halftime that essentially put the game to bed, although by then the Highlanders had already built up a 15 point lead. They had already shed the early shooting troubles they had when the first quarter ended with them up only 9-7.
Chickasha had less luck sinking the opportunities they had in the face of a tough 1-3-1 half-court trap defense. It created awkward situations both before and right after the Chicks crossed into Highlander territory, making uncomfortable the norm.
Trent Meisel made sure MacArthur benefitted on the other end. He started their run out of Chickasha’s sight with 11 points in the second quarter alone, with three shots falling from beyond the arc. Meisel finished on 14 points, sinking another three after halftime.
When the Chicks did get through, Levi Kell was there to provide a good shift on the blocks. He fought his way to nine points in the face of two 6’ 5” defenders. Freshman Brock Henderson led the Chicks with 11 points on an off night.
Last year at this time, Chickasha was at the beginning of a storybook playoff run. Under a new coach and with a very much different team, this season proved much different. But with just one senior, there remains plenty to build upon before November rolls around again.