COLONY — After Crest High’s Lancers picked up one of their most dramatic victories in years Tuesday — a double-overtime win against Northeast after making up a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit — head coach Travis Hermreck wasn’t sure what to expect.
With arch-rival Marmaton Valley coming to town, Hermreck expected a dogfight.
He got it.
The visiting Wildcats were still winless on the season, “but we knew how they were going to play. They always show up to play for Coach Uhlrich.”
The teams traded leads four times in the fourth quarter, until a series of Lancer hustle plays — a Kellen Ramsey layup, Garret Sipe steal and follow-up 3-pointer from Hunter Frazell — turned a 50-49 Wildcat lead into a 54-40 Crest advantage.
The plays triggered a 21-3 game-ending run in Crest’s 70-53 victory.
Meanwhile, Marmaton Valley’s girls pulled away in the second half to down the Lady Lancers, 42-33.
‘HATS OFF to Marmaton Valley,” Hermreck said. “They’re a lot better team than their record indicates, and this was a lot closer game than the score indicates. We were fortunate to get out of here with a win.”
Uhlrich, who coached the Wildcats from 2005 to 2008 before returning this season, lamented his teamn’s lack of execution down the stretch.
“At the end of the game, we hadn’t been in these situations. All about us learning to work the offense as a team. Had guys trying to make plays, which I love, but we have to learn to work as a team.
Our kids are working so hard. They keep doing this, it’s going to be a lot more fun.
Both teams traded momentum through the first 3 1/2 quarters.
Marmaton Valley opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run to lead 22-15. The lead reached double digits on Brock Hall’s free throws late in the half before Crest responded 21-7 run that extended into the first half of the third quarter. Evan Godderz’s turnaround jumper gave the Lancers a 37-34 lead.
Back came the Wildcats with an 8-0 run, including back-to-back 3-pointers from Brock Hall and Keagan Boyd, to lead 42-37.
Brandon Brallier scored twice and Godderz hit a jumper to put Crest back on top 43-42. Brady Newman scored six straight Marmaton Valley points to give the Wildcats a 48-44 lead.
Frazell drained a trey before Sipe scored inside for Crest to retake a 49-48 lead. Trevor Wilson followed for the Wildcats to give Marmaton Valley a 50-49 lead.
Godderz paced the Lancers with 19 points. Sipe hit 11 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter to finish with 17. Frazell chipped in with 14, and Ramsey had 10.
Newman led the way for Marmaton Valley with 17 points. Gage Adams followed with 14.
IN GIRLS ACTION, neither team could get much offensive traction in the first half.
The Wildcats led just 28-25 late in the third quarter when sophomore reserve Shayla Brooks drained a 3-pointer to push the lead to 31-25. A Kyla Drake steal and layup moments later pushed the margin to eight.
Mackenzie Tynon’s basket midway through the fourth quarter put the lead in double digits, 37-27.
“Our defense decided everything,” Wildcat head coach Gavin Cole said. “We got good shots because of our defense, and we rebounded better.”
“Shayla’s 3 was big for us, and Kyla’s play was huge.”
With leading scorer Mackenzie Tynon relegated to the bench because of foul trouble in the early going, junior guard Taryn Covey picked up the scoring slack for the Wildcats.
Covey, who transferred from Crest, scored 9 of her team-high 13 points in the second quarter.
“I wasn’t sure how she would handle playing back here, but she did a great job,” Cole said. “She’s been staying after practice to work on her shooting. She shot with lot of confidence tonight.”
Tynon wound up with 10. Drake added 8.
Crest head coach Elaine Holloway said the Lady Lancers struggled with Marmaton Valley’s defense after halftime. Crest scored only 9 points after the break.
“We did not play our game,” she said. “We did not play at our tempo. We let them control the tempo. We’re a work in progress, especially with young girls.”
Still, she saw plenty of signs of promise. Crest’s youthful guards gave Marmaton Valley fits for much of the game, even though the Lady Lancers cannot run a press.
“We don’t press much because of our numbers, but I was very impressed with our guards. I’m very excited about seeing them improve. We’re not over the hump yet, but we’re getting closer.”
Sophomore guard Regan Godderz led Crest with 13 points. Laurel Godderz added 10.
Marmaton Valley (14-15-13-11—53) (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Pugh 0/3-0-5-9, Boyd 1/1-0-4-5, Hall 0-2-2-2, Wilson 3-0-4-6, Newman 7-3-4-17, Adams 5-2-2-14. TOTALS: 17/4-7-21-53.
Crest (15-8-16-31—70) (FG/3pt-FT-F-TP): Frazell 0/4-2-4-14, Godderz 5/2-1-1-19, Strickler 0-0-1-0, Brallier 4-0-4-8, Seabolt 0-2-1-2, Adams 0-0-1-0, Sipe 1/1-12-1-17, Ramsey 5-0-0-4-10. TOTALS: 16/7-17-17-70.
Marmaton Valley (12-11-10-9—42) (FG/3pt—FT-F-TP): Covey 6-1-3-13, Stevenson 1-0-0-2, Storrer 0-0-3-0, Drake 3-2-3-8, Newman 3-0-2-6, M. Brooks 0-0-2-0, S. Brooks 0/1-0-2-3, Tynon 4-2-3-10. TOTALS: 17/1-5=18-42.
Crest (10-14-1-8—33): Strickler 0-0-4-0, Armstrong 0-0-1-0, R. Godderz 4-5-2-13, Bowen 0-1-2-1, L. Godderz 3-5-3-11, Jones 1-0-2-2, Golden 3-0-1-6. TOTALS: 11-11-15-33.