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Del City girls can’t knock off unbeaten El Reno

Del City junior Shelby Thornton grabs a rebound against El Reno during the Class 5A state quarterfinal game Thursday. Photo by Jay Wiggins for the Midwest City beacon

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

NORMAN – Del City gave El Reno its toughest game of the season.

But it wasn’t quite enough.

The Lady Eagles saw their season end with a 54-48 loss to the eventual state champions Thursday night in the Class 5A state quarterfinals at the Lloyd Noble Center.

El Reno went on to win the 5A title on Saturday afternoon and complete a perfect 28-0 season. The Lady Indians’ closest margin of victory before Thursday night’s win over Del City was nine-point victory against Shawnee.

Del City coach Mariah White believed El Reno’s experience was the biggest difference in the state quarterfinals.

“We truly believed that we had the best chance in the state at beating them if they were going to be beaten,” White said. “That was a game where their girls had more experience playing on that floor and in that atmosphere and some of our younger girls battled with some nerves during that game.”

Del City made runs early and late in the game but couldn’t get over the hump. El Reno dominated in the paint – outscoring Del City 40 to 20.

Sophomore Sacha Hunt led the Lady Eagles with 20 points. Courtnie McCarroll and Shelby Thornton both had 10 points in the game.

El Reno was led by Pauline Black-Harmon with 20 points and nine rebounds. Lilly Thomas added 17 points in the win.

Del City got off to a fast start as McCarroll scored the first six points of the game. El Reno answered with eight straight and Del City led 11-8 at the end of the quarter.

El Reno used another run to close out the second quarter with a 22-15 lead at halftime.

The Lady Indians continued to roll in the third quarter. They pulled ahead by as many as 18 points late in the third. Lilly Thomas scored nine points in the period as El Reno led 41-26 heading into the fourth.

Del City never let up. They made multiple runs to close the gap. Hunt scored a basket and one with just over a minute to play, cutting the deficit to 52-45. Hunt added a long three to close the game and make it a 54-48 final.

With nearly their entire lineup returning next year, the Lady Eagles figure to be a contender in 2025.

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