WARNER--—League leading Northern Oklahoma-Enid took command early and then had to fight off a late Connors State Cowgirls rally to post a 67-54 Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference victory Thursday at Melvin Self Field House.
The Jets, ranked No. 23 in the National Junior College Athletic Association, improved to 18-2 on the season and remained unbeaten in the OCAC at 8-0.
The Cowgirls fall to 13-8 and 3-6 in league play will next encounter Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa on the road Monday at 5:30 p.m.
"Give Enid a lot of credit, they are in first place for a reason," said Cowgirls head coach Jamie Fisher. "They have a lot of weapons that can score.
"I thought the second half we did a really good job of being intense and focused. We played much better defense in the second half. Credit our kids for not quitting," said Fisher.
The Jets held it largest lead of the half and game 15 points, at the end of the first quarter 22-7; as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead to open the game. NOC ended the half with a 35-24 advantage.
Cowgirls behind Shaniqua Patterson, who finished with 22 points, rallied to within four points of the Jets twice in the second half, the last coming with 50 seconds remaining in the third quarter 45-41.
However, in the fourth quarter the Jets' Sarah Griswold scored 13 of her game high 22 points, to fuel NOC-Enid to a 14-point advantage, 60-46 with 3:58 remaining to put it away.
NORTHERN OKLAHOMA-ENID 67, CONNORS STATE COLLEGE 54
NOC-Enid 22 13 12 20-67
Connors State 7 17 18 12—54
NOC-Enid (18-2, 8-0)—Griswold. 22, Tramble 14, JoPierce 10, Engler 7, Hurst 7, Neiderer 3, Lazenby 3, Meeker 1.
Connors State (13-8, 3-6)—Patterson 22, Marshall 9, Duru 8, Ludlow 6. Webster 4, Wright 3, T. Jones 2.