Millerettes roll to pair of wins in YHS festival

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Jaylee Watson dives for a loose ball with Northwest Classen’s Bree’Asha Shaver as Audrey Boyd also goes for the ball in the Millerettes’ 60-34 win Saturday. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

By Chuck Reherman
Sports Editor
It was the earliest start to the season for Yukon’s Millerette basketball team.
And, it may not have been a perfect opener, it was two things. A pair of wins.
The Millerettes rolled to the pair of wins, routing Oklahoma City Northwest Classen 60-34 on Saturday, following an 84-2 blitz of Oklahoma City Douglass on Friday night. Yes, 84-2.
YHS controlled the tempo in both games with their pressuring defense that gave the Millerettes big leads in the first quarter of each game.

Kristen Readel goes up for a shot in between two Northwest Classen defenders. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

“I thought our first half against Northwest Classen was real good,” Millerette head coach Roy Wyckoff said. “We got into a little foul trouble, the refs were calling it tight on both sides which affects us because we like to pressure and play aggressive.
“After we got into foul trouble we had to make some adjustments and play a little more zone,” he said. “But I thought our girls if a great job of running it. I was super pleased in the first half defensively, we were disciplined although we got into foul trouble.
“The second half, we lost some of our poise and Northwest Classen did some good things. We got a little comfortable and had some lazy plays. We got too frustrated with the officials and didn’t have good poise down the stretch, which I was disappointed with. I was really pleased we are 2-0 and we got the win because Northwest Classen is a good team and they are going to win a lot of games. There was more positive than negative, I was just disappointed in the way we finished.”
Both teams were whistled for fouls early on. There we four fouls called in the first two minutes and Yukon had nine fouls on them in the first quarter to six for the Lady Knights. There were 22 fouls called in the first half and 40 for the game. Each team had two players foul out.

Sydney Brown and Maggie Scott tie up the ball with a Northwest Classen player. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

The Millerettes trailed only once in the game. Katija Wiggins hit a shot six seconds into the game. YHS took the lead on a driving shot from Sydney Brown, 3-2 with 7:21 remaining in the first and never trailed after that.
Northwest Classen did tie the game 3-3, but the Millerettes reeled off four in a row, then finished the quarter on an 11-2 run to open an 18-5 lead.
An M.J. Case trey had opened a 10-5 lead and after Kristen Readel hit a bucket and two free throws, Case capped the quarter with a transition bucket and the 13-point lead.
The Millers scored the first six points to open the second quarter and held Northwest Classen to only a free throw to take a 31-6 halftime lead.
YHS increased their lead to 39-8 after treys from Case and Brown. Classen could only get as close as 27 the rest of the way.
Case led the way with 24 points, hitting seven of 11 shots from the floor, including four of six from behind the arc. Brown added 15 points, Readel and Amunique Holmes had six and Jaylee Watson five. The Millerettes hit 18 of 60 from the floor and 17 of 27 from the line. NWCHS was 12 of 29 from the field and nine of 24 at the line.
Against Douglass, the Millerettes scored 39 points in the opening quarter and rolled to an 84-2 win.
YHS scored 39 points in the opening quarter and hit 34 shots from the floor.
Case led the way with 16 points, Readel and Nariyah Parks had 15 each, Audrey Boyd 12 and Maggie Scott and Katelyn Biswell had six.