By Chuck Reherman
MOORE – Yukon did what the team needed to do to get back on the winning side except one thing.
Getting shots to fall.
The Millerettes couldn’t make their shots at key times and Westmoore took advantage to pull off a 50-40 Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference game at Westmoore.
The game was moved up to a 4 p.m. start due to incoming weather and although it may not have played that much of a factor, it did take an adjustment.
The Millerettes had a slow start to each of the first and third quarters and it turned out to be the difference in the game.
“I thought we took good shots, unfortunately not very many of them went down” Millerette head coach Roy Wyckoff said. “We didn’t have many turnovers, the difference in the game was mostly those missed shots.
“We forced 18 turnovers, so we did some good things” he said. “We just didn’t play with enough consistency to get over the hump.”
The Millerettes hit only two of 10 shots from the floor in the opening quarter and was seven of 24 by halftime.
Westmoore took advantage of that cold start to take control of the game. The Lady Jaguars used two treys from Tori Simone to open the game. A’Munique Holmes cut the lead to 6-2 and a trey from Kristen Readel cut the lead to 9-5.
Westmoore’s Jaden Smith hit the third trey of the quarter for the Lady Jaguars that opened a 14-7 lead.
The Millerettes did chip away at the lead early in the second. Treys from Nariyah Parks around a Jaylee Watson shot in the lane cut the lead to 16-13.
Westmoore went on an 11-7 run to end the half and took a 27-20 lead.
The Lady Jaguars went on an 8-2 run to open the third quarter to make it a 35-22 lead. The Millerettes did chip into the lead, but trailed by 12 39-27 late in the third.
Treys from Parks and Holmes got the lead down to eight, but the Millerettes couldn’t get over the hump.
“We tried to pressure Westmoore and turn them over and we had some success in the second half,” Wyckoff said. “We had some success, but we gave up too much dribble penetration and open jumpers. The key for us now is we need to stay together, fight together and we need to shoot it a little better.”
Holmes led the Millerettes led the scoring with 12 points, hitting four shots from the field (two treys) and two of two at the line. Parks added nine (three treys), Sydney Brown eight and Readel had seven.
By Chuck Reherman