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.
DEER CREEK HOLDS OFF CARL ALBERT
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.
“In the fourth quarter, when we saw we were about to get into one-and-one, we were excited,” Deer Creek coach Totsy Manning said. “Normally, we're a good free throw shooting team, and we finish shots. But then they started not falling.
“But we stuck with it, we said we're gonna keep getting to the line and we're gonna finish.”
Shae Scheffler had six of her eight points at the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Bayli Blanchard had eight points for the Antlers as well. Carl Albert was led by Jordan Gilbert with eight.
WESTMOORE SQUEAKS PAST EDMOND MEMORIAL
Hanging around .500, No. 18 Westmoore came away with a big win, edging No. 14 Edmond Memorial 48-46 on the road.
After falling behind 35-20 at halftime, the Jaguars rallied in the third quarter, holding the Bulldogs to just five points to take a 36-35 lead.
Ashley Gomez scored 13 points for the Jaguars, who improve to 9-7. Andee Decker scored 10 points for the Bulldogs.
VOGT'S 32 PROPELS OKARCHE
Okarche's Morgan Vogt continued her stellar season, this time by scoring 32 points to lead Class B's top-ranked team past Class 2A No. 4 Thomas 63-48.
Okarche is now firmly in control of the Three Rivers Conference.
The Warriors have also won two straight games since losing to Piedmont on Saturday, and both have come against Class 2A top-20 teams.
Kenadey Grellner added 16 points for the Warriors.
Denver signee Tamara Lee scored 20 points and came away with four steals to lead No. 2 Edmond Santa Fe past No. 7 Yukon, 56-45. ... Six players scored in double figures as Class 3A No. 10 Heritage Hall scored set a school record for points in a game during a 93-17 win against Crooked Oak. ... Oklahoma signee LaNesia Williams scored 25 points in Northeast's 51-37 win against Northwest Classen. ... Freshman Ana Llanusa scored 29 points in Choctaw's 64-51 win against Mustang. ... Bridge Creek's Alicia Sandlin finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds in a 48-47 win against Lindsay.