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Lady Wildcats thump El Reno, 69-37

It took Piedmont a little while to get going on Friday, but the team started to click in the second quarter and ran away from El Reno. Piedmont won 69-37 on homecoming night.
The first quarter was as close as Piedmont came to struggling on Friday night, with El Reno taking two leads before the Lady Wildcats started to pull away. At the 4:56 mark of the quarter, only Ashley Almond had scored but had done so by attacking the basket and creating contact. A big team defense quarter lead to a 10 point Piedmont lead after one.
Kylie Boggess hit back to back threes early in the second quarter to put Piedmont up 16 and the Lady Wildcats. El Reno would answer with a few quick baskets and cut the lead to five at the 5:01 mark, but some exceptional rebounding by the Lady Wildcat post players helped Piedmont post a 30-22 halftime lead.
Piedmont started the third quarter with a three by Rachel Tilley and a behind the back lay up by Sarah Parker at the 4:45 mark found Piedmont up 14. The Lady Wildcats wouldn’t look back. Piedmont lead 49-29 going into the final frame.
Parker lead the way for the Lady Wildcats down the stretch, scoring five points in the fourth, and Piedmont would lead find themselves up by as many as 34 as the reserves got a lot of minutes down the stretch.
Almond, Boggess and Parker each scored in double digits for Piedmont against El Reno.
“This was a huge win for us,” Parker said. The win against El Reno broke a two game losing streak for Piedmont. “Wins like this build confidence and help us get our intensity and team rhythm back. We had lost it. When we’re working together, everyone contributing, we’re a good team. When we’re passive, we fall behind. When we’re not selfish, we have what it takes to go a long way.”
The win moves Piedmont to 13-5 on the season.
“I think we’re starting to figure it out,” Coach Amanda Tims said. “We’re figuring out who is good at what and our roles are more defined. I think that helps make us gel better. It’s extremely import for (us to have three girls in double digits). It means we’re scoring and not waiting on others to do something. We do have some dynamic basketball players on our team. When they are all doing their job, we can be really good. We’re a 32 minutes basketball team, that’s what I’ve been telling the girls. We’re not a second half team, like some people have said.”

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