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Scram ’Cats

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Junior Darius Moore made a basket and free throw with 13.5 seconds left to help El Reno High School’s boys basketball team snap a three-game losing streak with a 44-38 win over Piedmont.

However, the three plays that preceded Moore’s clutch delivery were equally important for the Indians, who were looking for their second win in Suburban Conference action.

With El Reno holding a slim 40-38 lead, Piedmont missed two shots at either a tie or the lead before EHS post player Kolton Hunt pulled down a rebound.

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Chieftains pull away in final period to sweep Warriors series

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CALUMET – After losing a rare game to close out the month of January, Calumet High School’s boys basketball team kicked off February with a hard-fought victory over cross-county rival Okarche.

Calumet, ranked No.2 in Class A, improved to 20-2 on the season with a 73-61 win over the Warriors in a game that was tied after three periods. The win came a day after the Chieftains dropped a 63-61 double overtime outing to Class A’s sixth-ranked Hydro-Eakly.

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Late free throws help seal revenge win for Okarche in top 5 battle with CHS

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CALUMET – Okarche High School’s girls basketball team was kept off the free-throw line for more than 31 minutes of its Class A top five showdown with Calumet over the weekend.

However, the Warriors made 3-of-5 shots when they did get to the line in the final 40 seconds to seal a 54-47 revenge victory over the Chieftains.

“The free throws were key at the end,” said Okarche head coach Kelli Krowes-Jennings, whose team lost to Calumet by the same seven-point margin back in November.

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No bark, no bite

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Though heavily favored going into last week’s senior night dual with Santa Fe South, upperclassmen on El Reno High School’s wrestling team were taking nothing for granted — a lesson learned from history.
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Free-throw winner

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El Reno’s Noah Witherspoon recently won the title at the district level in the 2020 Elks Lodge National Hoop Shoot Competition. The district level was held in Kingfisher, with Witherspoon hitting 17-of-25 free throws to win the 12- to 13-year-old boys division. Noah now moves on to the state level to be held Feb. 8 in Enid at Chisholm High School. If he wins a state title, Noah would represent Oklahoma at the regional level in Dallas in late March. A win in Texas sends him to nationals in Chicago in April.