Slow starts doomed the Kingfisher girls basketball team on back-to-back nights.
KHS dropped a pair of games to ranked foes, first at Blanchard on Friday and then Saturday at home against Fairview. In both cases, the Lady Jackets’ fought back from large deficits, but couldn’t fully overcome them.
The losses dropped KHS to 9-11 with two games remaining in the regular season.
At Blanchard, Kingfisher actually jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first two minutes, but then ran into a major scoring drought in the 33-25 defeat.
The Lady Jackets went eight minutes without scoring and managed just two points the rest of the half in falling behind 21-7.
Down nine entering the fourth, the Lady Jackets cut their deficit to two points in the final quarter, but Blanchard made 5 of 6 free throws to garner some breathing room.
Katelyn Stolz helped lead the charge and finished with 13 points and five rebounds.
However, no other player in blue scored more than four points. Kingfisher was limited to 28 percent shooting, including 8.3 percent (1 of 12) from 3-point range.
Blanchard is ranked 18th in 4A.
Fairview, ranked eighth in 2A, led by as many as 19 points in its 46-35 victory at the APB.
The visiting Lady Jackets jumped on KHS 19-5 in the first quarter and pushed it to 29-10 in the second.
KHS cut it back to 14 by halftime and then eight in the fourth quarter.
Again, though, Fairview was able to seal the win in the closing minutes.
Kingfisher shot just 27 percent overall while Fairview shot 16 of 32 (50 percent) for the game, including 5 of 10 from 3-point range. KHS also made five 3-pointers, but on 22 attempts.
Brooklyn Whipple led Kingfisher with 10 points. Hanna Matthews added nine points and four rebounds.
Maddie St. Cyr, whose 3-pointer at the first quarter buzzer provided the team its only first-quarter field goal, also scored nine.