By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
TURPIN, Okla., - Two big first half runs gave the Guymon Lady Tigers the margin they needed to take down the Turpin Lady Cardinals, 48-29.
"We didn't shoot it well at all tonight," Lady Cardinals coach Jeff Funk said. "You can't win many games shooting like that."
Trailing 2-0 almost halfway through the first quarter, the Lady Tigers finally got on the board, and scored 11 unanswered points. Guymon's Jahaira Marquez scored on a 3-point play with 7:29 left in the second, putting the Lady Tigers up 14-3. At that point, Marquez already had 8 of her game-high 17.
Yajaira Rodriguez scored 8 of her 10 in the first half for the Lady Tigers.
"We've had some trouble getting the girls to penetrate, but we've been better the last few games," Lady Tigers coach Amanda Boggs said.
Turpin did battle back with three straight field goals (their first of the game) to cut the lead back to five (14-9) with 5:35 left until halftime.
Guymon's full court pressure took its toll on Turpin as the Lady Tigers went on a 10-0 run to go up 24-9 with less than a minute left before half.
"I was really happy with our press," Boggs said. "We usually don't (press) but it looked good tonight."
Guymon led 24-12 at half.
In the second half each time Turpin would make a move Guymon was ready to counter. Turpin's Alyssa Kinser hit a three with 2:48 left in the third to cut the Lady Tigers lead to 13. Guymon answered back with two baskets in 38 seconds.
Turpin's Raegan Alvarez (13 points) drained a three for Turpin with 6:33 left in the fourth to cut Guymon's lead back to 13 again. But Marquez answered with a three of her own, and Denesse Longoria scored again seconds later to push the lead to 18.
Turpin never threatened, or even scored the rest of the way.
"We've been kind of off and on," Boggs said. "Tonight we actually came out and played well the whole game. We looked good and came together. Hopefully it will come together these next few games."
Guymon (6-13) will travel to Garden City Friday. Turpin (3-17) will host Forgan (14-6) Friday.