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Girls basketball: No. 6-ranked Piedmont rolls past No. 7 El Reno

Piedmont rides seven 3-pointers in the first half, never trails in victory over Indians.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: January 31, 2014

photo - Denver signee Tamara Lee, right, scored 20 points and came away with four steals to lead No. 2 Edmond Santa Fe past No. 7 Yukon, 56-45. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Denver signee Tamara Lee, right, scored 20 points and came away with four steals to lead No. 2 Edmond Santa Fe past No. 7 Yukon, 56-45. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

When the shots are falling, first-year Piedmont girls basketball coach Jamie Hill believes the sixth-ranked Wildcats can beat anybody.

No. 7 El Reno got a taste of that Friday night, as Piedmont made seven 3-pointers in the first half to roll to a 59-49 victory.

The Wildcats led by as many as 21 and never trailed to win their fourth straight game.

“When we shoot this well, we can beat anybody in the state,” Hill said. “I firmly believe that because I have the athletes, and I have the depth on my bench.”

Piedmont opened the game with three straight treys and finished with four in the first quarter.

The second quarter was highlighted by three more treys, but this time the Wildcats' defense limited the Indians to 11 points. Piedmont had a 38-25 halftime lead.

“I was just really excited and hyped,” said junior Kayden Carver, who made three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.

“It was homecoming, and we had a huge student section supporting us. I knew that El Reno's a good team and if we don't come out hot we would get down.”

And while Piedmont was nailing 3s, Alex Hall was complementing those with a barrage of short jumpers that led to a game-high 19 points.

“She loves that little 10-foot jumper, especially on the baseline,” Hill said. “She's such an athlete. She's short, but she can elevated over people.

“When you have shooters, they can be streaky, they can be great, they can be off — tonight, we were on and I'm very happy.”

Sheridan Gray led El Reno with 15 points.



In a game where points were at a premium, Deer Creek won it at the free throw line.

And that's where the fourth-ranked Antlers nearly lost it, too, before pulling out the 31-23 win at No. 3 Carl Albert.

Deer Creek missed five free throws in the final two minutes, allowing the Titans to pull within 25-23. But by hitting its final six free throw attempts and coming up with some key rebounds, the Antlers closed out the tough road win.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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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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