Plainview’s Deric Shelton had a game-high 20 points and nine rebounds, and Dalton Dillon had 13 points with seven boards to lead the Indians to a 53-29 win over Celina (Texas) Thursday night in opening round action of the Southern Oklahoma Classic played at the Plainview Activity Center.

In other boys action, Muenster (Texas) defeated Blanchard 48-46, and Tulsa Metro Christian beat Collinsville (Texas) 46-40.

Plainview (2-0) had a huge game defensively and came up big on the offensive glass. The Indians picked up 15 steals and forced the Bobcats into 28 total turnovers. Plainview held a 27-22 overall rebounding lead and a 10-8 advantage on the offensive glass. The Indians took full advantage of those added opportunities and scored 18 second-chance points.

“I was proud of the way everyone responded in the rebounding game,” Plainview coach Jeremy Stewart said. “And we have been stressing our defense all along. I believe defense will keep us in many games when our shooting is off.

“Our defensive pressure hurt them, and it kept us with a good lead despite the fact we were not shooting all that well at times. Defense is something we believe we can hang our hats on this year.”

The Indians’ defense held Celina to single digits in all four periods. A seven-point lead after the first period ballooned to 16 points by intermission.

Rusty Burton paced the Bobcats with nine points.

Plainview takes on Muenster tonight at 8:30 p.m. in the tournament semifinals.

PHS girls top Idabel to advance

Leading by just six at halftime, Plainview turned on the offense in the second half by outscoring Idabel 36-13 in the final 16 minutes to take a 59-30 victory Thursday night in opening-round action of the Southern Oklahoma Classic.

In other girls action, Turner defeated Nocona (Texas) 59-49, Blanchard beat Collinsville (Texas) 58-35, and Muenster (Texas) defeated Tulsa Metro Christian 62-29.

Plainview (2-0) led 17-9 after the first period, but Idabel bounced back to outscore the Indian 8-6 in the second frame to trim the Indians’ lead to 23-17.

“It took us a little while tonight to get things going offensively,” Plainview coach Andy Bloodworth said. “In the second half, we showed a lot more patience, took our time and did a better job getting the ball to the right people for shots. Everyone that played did a great job.”

Plainview added to its lead in the third and took a 34-22 advantage to the fourth. In the final period, the Indians came up huge, outscoring the Warriors 25-8 to pull away for an easy win.

Rebecca Wright had 15 points and six rebounds for Plainview, and Hayden Hunt had 15 points, including four 3-pointers.

Malicka Faulks paced the Warriors with 12 points, and QueQue Vann had 11 points and eight rebounds.

The Indians take on Blanchard this afternoon at 1 p.m. in the tournament semifinals.