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Masked cheers

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Briana Stevenson gets a boost into the air from teammates, from left, Krystiana Guzman, Samyra Hunter and Analexis Lozano during a stunt at a recent El Reno High School basketball game. EHS cheerleaders and pep band have been practicing social distancing and wearing masks during home games this season.

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Paint scoring lifts El Reno to road win

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Jumping back into the win column, El Reno High School’s girls basketball team got the first win on its current six-game road swing with a 43-37 victory over the Duncan Demons.

The non-conference win moved El Reno, ranked seventh in Class 5A, to 6-3 on the season heading into this weekend’s Shawnee Invitational.

El Reno outscored the Demons in three of the four periods, leading 10-7 after one frame, 20-12 at the half and 33-24 going into the fourth. Duncan trimmed three points off the deficit behind a 13-10 scoring edge over the final eight minutes.

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Third period boost helps break slump

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Fueled by a 15-point scoring edge in the third period, El Reno High School’s boys basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 65-35 win over Duncan.

The non-conference victory lifted the Indians, down several spots in the latest Class 5A poll to 13th, to 5-4 on the season heading into weekend play in the Shawnee Invitational.

“We made a big shot at the end of the second quarter and then came out in the second half and had that big run. We created turnovers that led to some easy baskets,” said El Reno head coach Rodney Haydon.

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Tigers honor Duvall with win over Lions; Chieftains unable to defend WCT title

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UNION CITY – Playing the first home game since the death of head coach Robert Duvall, Union City High School’s boys basketball team posted a wire-to-wire win over Gracemont.

The victory lifted the Tigers to 2-5 on the season and 1-2 in the Washita Valley Conference standings. It was the first game of 2021 for Union City due to COVID-19 concerns.

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Union City girls tame Gracemont; COVID-19 hampers Calumet, OHS

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UNION CITY – In a much-anticipated return to the court, Union City High School’s girls basketball team overwhelmed Gracemont last week to earn its first Washita Valley Conference victory.

The Tigers improved to 3-4 on the season and 1-2 in the WVC standings with a 49-22 win over the Lions.

Gracemont, which had only five players, kept it close in the first period despite a 3-pointer and eight total from Union City guard Taytim Woods. The Tigers led 10-8 going into the second period.

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El Reno squanders lead, win in top 10 battle with Highlanders

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El Reno High School’s girls basketball team let a key win slip through its fingers last week as Lawton MacArthur scored a basket off an offensive rebound at the buzzer.

The 61-60 non-conference road loss to the Highlanders, ranked fifth in Class 5A, left El Reno with a 5-3 overall record.

The Indians, ranked seventh in the same poll, slipped to 2-2 in games away from Jenks Simmons Field House. The setback to the Highlanders was the first of a six-game road slate for El Reno, which won’t play at home again until Jan. 29.

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Indians fall again to Mac

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Kicking off a rough six-game road swing, El Reno High School’s boys basketball team fell to Class 5A's third-ranked Lawton MacArthur for the second time in less than a week.

The 84-62 non-conference setback was the third loss in a row for El Reno, ranked 10th in the same poll. The Indians are now 4-4 on the season and 3-3 in road games.

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First-round fall

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El Reno High School wrestler Thad Hicks works a pinning move on an opponent from Guthrie during the opening round of the 2021 Malcolm Wade Invitational last week at Carl Albert High School. The event also doubled for the 2021 Suburban Conference Championship. See Saturday’s edition for a wrap-up.

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Girls shake cold start to snap a three-game slide against Del City

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Surviving a horrendous opening five minutes, El Reno High School’s girls basketball team found its scoring groove over the final 26 minutes to snap a three-game losing streak against Del City in Suburban Conference action.

El Reno, ranked seventh in the state in the latest Class 5A poll, improved to 5-2 on the season and 2-1 in the league standings. The Indians remain 1-0 in games that count toward the Suburban Conference title as they will face the Eagles again on Feb. 5.

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Indians play DC tough at home early before dropping 23-point game to 6A power

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For more than 14 minutes, El Reno High School’s boys basketball team went toe-to-toe with Del City last week as the Indians exchanged baskets with the Class 6A powerhouse in a key Suburban Conference matchup.

Unfortunately, the effort seemed to wake up the sleeping giant.

Riding an advantage in size and strength in the paint, Del City used a 13-1 run to close out the first half and cruised to an 81-58 win over the Indians. The loss was the third in a row to Del City as El Reno slipped to 4-3 on the season and 1-2 in the Suburban Conference standings.