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Okeene stuns No. 1 Lomega

January 09, 2022 - 00:00
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Visitors stymie Lady Raiders’ potent offensive attack

Any high the Lomega girls basketball team experienced after last week’s finish at the Mid-America Classic was taken away in one night.

Okeene shocked the No. 1 ranked team in Class B Tuesday by handing the Lady Raiders a 39-34 loss on their home court.

“Okeene played well and they definitely outworked us,” said coach Kevin Lewallen. “We just didn’t play very hard, plus we missed some easy baskets to start the game and let that affect everything we did.”

Lomega scored just eight first-half points, including two in the second quarter as the Lady Whippets built an 11-point halftime lead.

The offense showed signs of life in the third quarter, but not to Lomega standards.

Meanwhile, Okeene, which is ranked 12th in Class B, kept up the pace.

“They had a good game plan and made it work,” Lewallen said.

After being held scoreless in the first half, Hensley Eaton came alive for 16 points in the second half.

Darcy Roberts scored all eight of her points in the second half, but she and Abby Swart battled foul trouble much of the night.

Okeene still led by 10 entering the fourth and did enough to hang on.

Keely Hussey went 3 of 4 from the foul line and scored five of her 11 points in the fourth.

Madison Schmidt also hit a big 3-pointer in the final frame as part of her eight points.

Kaylyn Aldrich and Katelyn Penner scored nine points apiece for Okeene, which improved to 7-1.

The point total was the lowest of the season for Lomega. The previous low was 41 against 4A No. 1 Tuttle.

The Lady Raiders, now 12-3, have scored at least 52 points in every other game this season.