The Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa Mavericks extended their stay in town from the weekend Pratt Classic to take on Pratt Community College in a pair of games on Monday night. The schools split, with Pratt winning the women’s game 73-67 and Tonkawa taking the men’s contest 75-66.
The Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa Mavericks extended their stay in town from the weekend Pratt Classic to take on Pratt Community College in a pair of games on Monday night. The schools split, with Pratt winning the women’s game 73-67 and Tonkawa taking the men’s contest 75-66. For the second time in 3 days, the Lady Beavers had to rally in the second half to emerge victorious. Trailing 33-31 at intermission, the Beavers found themselves falling farther behind to start the second half as the Lady Mavs got some turnovers with a ½-court trap. By the 12:00 mark, Tonkawa had extended its lead to 50-40. Then Cayla Molina hit a 3 and Karissa Pena a pair of buckets to get Pratt back in the ballgame 52-47. After the media time-out, however, Tonkawa re-extended its advantage to double digits 57-47, and maintained it for several minutes. Things weren’t looking too good for the Lady Beavers at that point. Down by 10 with 6:00 left to play, and appearing tired and sluggish from the extraordinary effort they had given in the overtime win two nights ago, PCC appeared to be running on fumes. They could have just quietly folded their tent and simply absorbed their first defeat of the season. But they didn’t. Led by sophomores Elle Stein, Tatiana Grant and Maddie Pendry, the Beavers dug down and found a reservoir of energy somewhere. Stein converted 2 buckets in the lane. Pendry and Grant hit free throws. The Lady Beaver defense made some stops. At 3:51 Pratt had cut the deficit to 64-63. Grant made two more baskets, and suddenly, PCC was up 68-65 at 1:19. A Lady Mav hoop followed by a Pratt misfire gave Tonkawa the ball back, down just one with under a minute to play. Grant came up with a steal however, and tossed it to Pendry who drained a 3-ball to give PCC some breathing space, up 71-67 with 17 seconds left. The Lady Mavs failed to score on their possession, and Pendry hit two more free throws to account for the final margin of victory—73-67 PCC. “I don’t really know how we won tonight,” puzzled PCC head coach Stephanie Thompson. “ We weren’t really that deserving. I was worried we might have an emotional let-down after the effort we gave against Indy the other night, and we had one.” “But like I told the girls,” Thompson continued, “it was nice to know we can win a game like this when we didn’t really play that well.” The Lady Beavers continue to be undefeated at 6-0 to start the season. They will host Sterling College on Wednesday. The last part of the first half cost the men’s team against Tonkawa. The game was knotted at 10 eight minutes in, as neither team could really get untracked offensively in the early going. But over the final 12 minutes of the first half, the Mavs outscored Pratt 25-10 to take a 35-20 lead at the half. Tonkawa’s zone defense was slowing the Pratt attack as the Beavers’ shooting was cold, especially form long range. Meanwhile, the Mavericks were hot, draining a series of trifectas which allowed them to open up the halftime advantage. Tonkawa shot a torrid pace all evening, connecting at a 50% clip on both 3-pointers and field goals. PCC, on the other hand, didn’t shoot as good a percentage as that on dunks. The Mavs also controlled the boards against Pratt, outrebounding them 42-29. After falling behind by as much as 21 pts early in the second half, Pratt tried to rally. They went on a 14-0 run to get the deficit back to just 45-38 with 11:15 to play. But that was as close as the Beavers would get. The Mavs had answers every time Pratt tried to make a little run. PCC was scoring most of their points from the free throw line down the stretch as the Mavs were fouling like wild men. But Tonkawa was able to break Pratt’s press and keep pace offensively, eventually getting away with a 75-66 win. ‘ The Beavers have a weekend gig in Dodge City where they will take on Clarendon and Allen County.