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Eagles primed as playoffs approach

February 15, 2023 - 00:00
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Hennessey will enter the playoffs on a roll…and rested.

The Eagles get much of this week off before they host Watonga this Saturday in a Class 2A district championship.

They’ll do so with an eight-game win streak that included home wins against Fairview and Luther last Thursday and Friday, respectively.

The wins gave the fourth-ranked Eagles a 19-3 record.

They also saw a milestone in the 59-35 victory against Fairview.

Junior Jael Torres scored his 1,000th career point as part of his 11-point effort on the night.

He stepped out and hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter as the Eagles got out to a 10-0 lead and didn’t look back.

They were up 23-12 by the end of the quarter and led by 14 points at halftime.

James Sims scored six of his game-high 15 points in the first quarter while Hunter Weber scored nine points in the game.

Layton Choate returned to the lineup after sitting out the win over Blackwell.

Choate delivered seven points and 11 assists.

“We played really well,” coach Brady Page said. “Fairview had been playing well coming in. They’re better than their record shows.”

The Eagles concluded their regular season with Friday’s 64-38 win over Luther.

Up six at the half, the Eagles put the Lions away with a 19-3 run in the third quarter.

Sims scored eight of his game-high 23 in the frame.

Torres added eight of his 16 points and Choate scored 10 in the game.

Page said the Eagles will use this “off” week wisely, including Choate.

“We won’t be playing again until Saturday, so hopefully we are pretty close to 100 percent by then,” Page said.

HHS girls drop games to Fairview, Luther

Hennessey’s second matchup in two weeks with one of Class 3A’s best teams went much like the first.

The Lady Eagles’ regular season ended Friday with a 69-25 home loss to Luther.

The Lady Lions entered ranked sixth in their class. They were ranked seventh when they beat Hennessey 73-42 on Jan. 28 at the Skordle Festival in Enid.

This time around, Luther was up 24-8 after a quarter and then held Hennessey to six combined points over the next two periods.

Kadee Meeker scored five points to pace Hennessey.

That came one day after the Lady Eagles were dealt a 47-25 home loss by Fairview.

Hennessey scored nine points in the first quarter and only trailed by one - but the scoring got even more difficult.

They didn’t manage more than seven in any other quarter.

Larissa Macy led Hennessey with six points.

Emma Sipe and Noelle Pollard scored five apiece.

The Lady Eagles host Watonga Saturday in a 2A district game and will enter with a 7-15 record.