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Class B girls basketball: Hammon eliminates Arnett

Hammon forces more than 20 turnovers in its 56-41 rout in first round of state tournament.
by Jacob Unruh Published: March 1, 2012

CHOCTAW – Top-ranked Hammon's suffocating defense was too much for Arnett.

Hammon forced more than 20 turnovers and used an early run en route to a 56-41 victory Thursday afternoon in the Class B girls quarterfinals.

The Warriors now play No. 5 Red Oak at 9 a.m. in Friday's semifinals in the State Fair Arena.

“We ran a different defense on them the first time, and we were going to do something a little different on them this time,” Hammon coach Lance Carpenter said. “We thought it would force some turnovers if we really picked it up a little bit. That's just kind of what we did all day long. We picked it up, made them have turnovers and tried to execute on the offensive end.”

Hammon (28-2) certainly executed offensively Thursday.

Peyton Walker and Lexie Brown scored 17 points apiece. Kori Barrios also scored 14 points.

“I don't ever pay any attention to a lot of that because I know they are going to do it,” Carpenter said. “That doesn't surprise me; that's the way they've been all year long.

“We get points from those other kids as well. We get a four or six here and there. That's all they got to do for us to be successful. Those three play good together, and those other two our there compliment them real well.”

Hammon took control in the first quarter with a 14-4 run.

Caitlin Landers scored 25 points for Arnett, which ends the season at 20-13.

by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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