ACCC women go 1-1 in Classic action

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Allen County Community College’s Maurissa Shaffer (12) turns and pushes the basketball up the court after a turnover by Northern Oklahoma College-Enid during Friday’s Citizens Bank Classic play. NOC-Enid, which is ranked 18th in the nation, rolled to a 90-57 win over ACCC. Allen County bounced back to beat Cottey College 76-48 in Saturday’s Classic contest.

Allen County Community College’s Red Devil women weren’t able to stay with the Jets Friday night. But Saturday night, the Red Devils dashed the Comets here in the 2009 Citizens Bank Classic.
“Friday night was a measuring stick game for us. We didn’t play very well and NOC hit about everything they threw up,” said Andy Hamilton, ACCC women’s head coach.
Eighteenth-ranked Northern Oklahoma College-Enid’s Lady Jets blew past the Red Devils 90-57 Friday night. The Lady Jets led 48-29 at halftime.
“With freshmen, it’s about maintaining consistency and we didn’t have any of that Friday night.”
Allen County didn’t have much time to regroup. The Red Devils took on Cottey College’s Comets Saturday in the Classic. The Comets led 25-24 at halftime.
Then it was Red Devil time.
“We made adjustments at halftime. The first half was back and forth but we came out and established control quickly after the break,” Hamilton said.
“It starts and finishes with defense and rebounding.”
Allen County outscored Cottey 52-23 in the second half on its way to a 76-48 victory. The Red Devils had 29 turnovers in the game, 20 of those came in the first half.
Cottey College of Nevada, Mo. had defeated Fort Scott Community College 52-45 Friday afternoon to open the Classic at ACCC. NOC-Enid decked Fort Scott 70-45 Saturday to win the Citizens Bank Classic.
“We know where we want to be and what it is going to take to get there,” Hamilton said.
Allen County (4-2) entertains Butler Community College of El Dorado tonight. Tipoff is at 6 o’clock.
Breanna Shaw fired in 23 points and had seven rebounds to lead ACCC to victory Saturday night. Shaw had five of the team’s seven three-pointers.
Jazmynn Johnson poured in 14 points from inside and controlled seven of the team’s 42 rebounds. Dysyan Malone connected for 12 points and had five rebounds.
Point guard Lacy Thomas handed out five assists. Kyneshia Nisbett had five steals.
The Red Devils shot 49 percent, 29 of 59, from the field and dropped in 11 of 14 free throw attempts. They were 11 of 12 from the free-throw line in the second half.
Cottey College went 17 of 52, 33 percent, from the field and hit 11 of 21 free throw attempts.
The Comets were led by Alex Noble and Natascha Lord with 11 points apiece.
Against the Lady Jets, the Red Devils fell behind 9-0 in the first three minutes of play. There was no catching up.
Thomas did get the Red Devils on the board with 16:44 left in the first half with a basket. And Nisbett made it 9-4, but the Lady Jets never allowed the Red Devils to make a threatening run.
Midway through the first half, NOC was up 25-10. Nisbett scored at the 4:37 mark to trigger a mini-run by the Red Devils. Aeriss McNeese sank two free throws and Malone nailed a three-pointer.
Allen County was within 11, 38-27. Katie Beebe answered with two threes and a basket for NOC. The Lady Jets pushed on to a 19-point halftime advantage.
The Lady Jets turned it up after the break for a 63-34 lead. Shaw hit a three-pointer and Shayla Clark scored but again there was no big run by the Red Devils.
NOC-Enid had a 42-28 scoring advantage in the second half.
Allen County shot just 28 percent, 17 of 61, from the field. The Red Devils were 21 of 33 at the free-throw line.
Shaw finished with 15 points and Malone had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Johnson had four steals.
Allen County had 24 turnovers to NOC’s 22. The Lady Jets owned a 49-to-40 edge in rebounding.
The Lady Jets had five players score in double digits led by Darcie Dick with 20 points. Beebe added 12 and Kaylyn Pulley had 11. Kendra Davis and Kelsey Gregory each had 10 points.
NOC shot 49 percent, 35 of 72, from the field and hit 13 of 18 free throw tries.
Allen County (29-28—57) (FG/3-pt): Clark 1-5-1-7, Shaw 5/1-2-3-15, Atchison 1-0-0-2, Shaffer 0-0-3-0, Malone 1/1-8-2-13, Thomas 2-0-4-4, McNeese 0-4-1-4, House 2-2-0-6, Nisbett 2-0-2-4, Johnson 1-0-2-2. TOTALS: 15/2-21-18-57.
NOC-Enid (48-42—90) (FG/3-pt): Morris 0/1-0-0-3, Hawkins 1-1-2-3, Pulley 5-1-4-11, Coggin 3-0-4-6, Beebe 1/2-4-3-12, Davis 2/2-0-0-10, Goldwire 3-2-4-8, Thomas 2-3-2-7, Dick 7/2-0-3-20, Gregory 4-2-1-10. TOTALS: 28/7-13-23-90.
Allen County (24-52—76) (FG/3-pt): Clark 1-1-2-3, Shaw 3/5-2-1-23, Shaffer 4-0-1-8, Mock 1-0-1-2, Malone 2/2-2-3-12, Thomas 4-0-1-8, McNeese 1-0-3-2, House 0-2-0-2, Nisbett 1-0-3-2, Johnson 5-4-4-14. TOTALS: 22/7-11-19-76.
Cottey College (25-23—48) (FG/3-pt): Noble 5-1-3-11, Lord 1/1-6-0-11, Porter 2/1-0-0-7, Sanders 3-2-2-8, James 1-1-2-3, Ruble 0-0-2-0, Beale 2/1-0-1-7, Bush 0-1-2-1. TOTALS: 14/3-11-13-48.