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Clutch free throws from Moore seal two-point win for Indians in thriller

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Darius Moore made only two free throws in last week’s game with Elgin to kick off the 2020 portion of El Reno High School’s boys basketball schedule, but they were his biggest shots of the season to date.

Moore sank both free throws with 4.2 seconds left as the Indians defeated Class 4A’s 15th-ranked Owls 50-48.

The non-conference win lifted El Reno, ranked No.13 in Class 5A, to 4-3 on the season. It was the Indians second straight win.

“That’s a good way to start off 2020,” said Moore.

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Owlsome start to 2020

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The two-week break for the holidays proved to be just what El Reno High School’s girls basketball team needed to heal up and reset its direction for 2020.

“We had a couple of weeks off and it allowed us to touch back on what we did this summer,” said El Reno head coach Jennifer Douglas.

Touching back on summer meant using full-court pressure to speed up the game tempo and that’s just what El Reno did to Elgin last week, forcing the Owls into 33 turnovers en route to a 70-33 win.

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To catch a Tiger

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Before her days as a “football mom,” El Reno native Ilene Scott loved the sport and still watches it on television whenever she can – even at the age of 90.

“I’m a big football fan. All my kids played football at either Minco or Kingfisher and I was a football mom for sure. The boys played in high school and all the kids loved football,” said Scott.

So where does her football allegiance fall on Saturday afternoons?

“Oklahoma or Oklahoma State, either one. I had children and grandchildren that went to both schools and I can root for either school,” said Scott.

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Up next

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El Reno High School’s girls basketball team, which fell to No.7 in the Class 5A poll, will try to snap a four-game losing streak Friday at home against Elgin. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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Back to the action

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Despite defeating Weatherford in the final game of the 2019 portion of its schedule, El Reno High School’s boys basketball team slipped out of the Top 10 in the latest Class 5A poll. The Indians are No.13 and the fifth team from the Suburban Conference ranked in the Top 15 of the same poll. The Indians return to action Friday with a home game against Elgin, with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m.