By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
The Midwest City basketball teams opened the season with a sweep of Enid last week.
The girls topped the Pacers 81-51 and the boys finished with a 60-44 victory over the Plainsmen at Enid High School on Nov. 30.
After a close first quarter, the Lady Bombers pulled away before halftime. Mar’Kia Pratt scored seven points in the quarter helping Midwest City to a 44-24 halftime lead.
Midwest City continued to pull away in the third. Taniya Looney scored six in the quarter and Midwest City led 64-32 after three. Enid scored 19 points in the fourth to make it an 81-51 final.
Senior Taliyah Anderson and freshman Mar’Kia Pratt led the way for the Lady Bombers with 11 points apiece. De’Yanna Douglas finished with 9 points and Looney and Jya Barksdale had 8 points each.
Coach Megan Knight was pleased with the way her team distributed the ball and worked the offensive glass. The team had 14 assists and 22 offensive rebounds.
“We really shared the ball well and that’s something we’ve been preaching this offseason,” Knight said. “And we worked really hard boxing out and crashing the boards.”
Midwest City returns several players from last year including Anderson and Bryanna Williams who both missed last season with a torn ACL.
“We have a good group returning this year,” Knight said. “Bryanna (Williams) and Taliyah (Anderson) didn’t play at all last year. We’re happy to have them back. They both bring experience and maturity.”
The Bombers shook off a slow start offensively against Enid. They led much of the game but put it away with a 23-point effort in the fourth quarter.
“We got a little stagnant and settled for threes early, but in the second half we got in the paint and got better touches,” said coach Corky McMullen.
Jacobi Sebock was on the receiving end of a lot of those inside touches. The senior scored 15 of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter. Keivon Hudson also had a big game with 12 points.
McMullen said depth also played a big part of that finish.
“Our depth was the biggest difference in the game,” he said. “Our staff did a good job on staying with our substitutions and we got out starters out every quarter, which was huge.”
The Bombers have eight seniors on the roster this year, but not many saw playing time last season. McMullen said they have come along this offseason, especially on the defensive end, and expect to be a contender in Class 5A.
“This is a really cohesive group and has great harmony on and off the floor,” McMullen said.
Midwest City hosted Putnam City on Tuesday night. The girls will compete in the Joe Lawson Memorial Tournament on Dec. 9-11. The boys are playing the Carl Albert Tournament Dec. 9-11.