After an ugly second quarter, Putnam City found the motivation it needed in the locker room.
Down 31-26 to Putnam City North at the break, PC turned the tables in the third quarter with a pair of big runs to widen the gap on the way to a 71-52 win Tuesday night.
Ronnie Boyce made three 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 25 points, while David Bush added 10 points.
“At halftime, we had a talk with the coaches that we just had to pick it up,” Boyce said. “We couldn't let the offense impact our defense. So we played harder defensively and the shots started falling.”
PC North got 14 points from T.J. Jones and 11 from John Robert Simon. The Panthers' halftime lead disappeared with an 11-3 PC run to open the second half.
PC North fought back again, cutting the lead to 37-36. But the Pirates answered with an 11-2 run, then put it away in the fourth quarter.
Putnam City, ranked third, improved to 19-1, while No. 19 PC North fell to 9-11.
BRONCHOS PULL AWAY TO BEAT PIEDMONT
Bethany took control in the second half to beat Piedmont 59-41 on the road.
The Bronchos pulled away in the third, scoring the final nine points of the quarter to take a 12-point lead into the fourth.
All of Bethany's scoring came from its starting five, with Kyle Bottger leading the Bronchos with 17. Josh Lout added 15 and Luke McGrath and Tanner Stiles had 10 each.
Bottger also had 12 rebounds as Bethany won for the second time in three meetings with Piedmont. The Wildcats won the first matchup by 21.
While all of Bethany's points were scored by its starters, Piedmont got 27 points from its bench, with Adrion Williams scoring 11 and Cameron Peters adding 10.
AYALA HITS SEVEN 3S IN WIN
Trey Ayala made seven 3-pointers and finished with 27 points to lead Westmoore to a 70-63 win over Norman North.
Ayala had 16 points in the second half. Teammate Dillon Thompson added 22 for the Jaguars, who improved to 13-6.
Kairo Rutledge led Norman North with 16 points.
JENNINGS BROTHERS POWER HARRAH
Harrah brothers Austin and Collin Jennings made Austin's final home game a special one, combining for 41 points to lead the Panthers to a 72-53 win over Shawnee.
Austin Jennings scored 22 and Collin added 21, and the brother duo had 25 of Harrah's 35 second-half points.
WOODARD SCORES 23 IN RETURN
Back from a severe hamstring injury, Jordan Woodard led Edmond Memorial with 23 points in a 73-59 win over Norman. Woodard, an Oklahoma signee, has missed games on two occasions because of the injury. Tyler Holcomb had 17 points and Shaquille Morris had 12 for second-ranked Edmond Memorial, which improved to 17-2.
DEL CITY'S CANNON BREAKS ARM IN LOSS
A strong second half lifted Southmoore to a 65-54 win over Del City, but the Eagles lost much more than the game. Junior guard Brett Cannon suffered a broken arm and will likely be out for the season. It's the second straight year that Cannon has suffered a broken bone in February.
Travis Stark, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, scored 40 points in Bethel's 76-39 win over Little Axe. ... Cornell Neal scored 27 points as Midwest City cruised past Moore 88-52. ... Jared Price scored 25 for Carl Albert in a 78-58 win over Ardmore. ... Malik Foxx had 13 points to lead Class 3A No. 1 Centennial past Class 5A No. 3 Southeast 59-56, despite 28 points from Rashawn Thomas. ... Four Heritage Hall players scored in double-figures, led by Chris Hamilton with 15, in a 65-48 win over Mount St. Mary. ... John Moon, a 6-foot-11 senior, had 19 points as Crescent defeated Okarche 50-27.