Junior G Collins scores 47 against Ardmore boys

The first time Ardmore faced the Oklahoma City Storm, it was a contest.

The second time? There was nothing the Tigers could do to stop the home-school power.

Particularly Chauncey Collins. The explosive 6-1 guard scored 47 points, leading the Storm to a 92-73 win on Friday at Ardmore High School. Collins scored 10 of the Storm's first 12 points and finished the first half with 28, getting to the rim at will and elevating over defenders with ease for five 3-pointers.

And when he wasn't scoring, the rest of the Storm was. OKC led 57-34 at the break, running at every opportunity and beating Ardmore at its own transition game.

Dre Johnson led Ardmore (4-5) with 20 points and Anthony Willis added all of his 14 points in the second half for the Tigers.

"Obviously, it wasn't what we needed, wasn't what we expected," Wilson said. "We've struggled a little bit defensively, but not as bad as we did tonight."

Ardmore kept the game close until the closing seconds of the first quarter. Trailing by just four, Ardmore gave up a 6-0 run, polished off by a Wyett Dressler pull up jumper for the 24-16 Storm advantage. The Tigers trailed 28-20 at the end of the first, but the Storm surged out to a 17-point lead within the first 2 minutes of the second quarter.

Collins opened the period with a 3-pointer, sparking a 9-0 Storm run. Ardmore's Devin Reynolds (seven points) broke the run with a basket to pull the Tigers back to within 15, but the Storm ripped off another seven points in a row to push its lead to 22.

Dressler scored 10 points and Jed Warren added eight for the Storm. Kevion McGee had eight points for Ardmore.

Wilson said the second quarter was the ultimate undoing for the Tigers, who were outscored 29-14 in the period.

"There was no matching, they just beat us," Wilson said of the Storm's transition game outpacing Ardmore's. "They shot layups in transition, layups off of missed shots, layups off of turnovers.

"Once a team like that that's offensively talented starts making a bunch of layups, then the basket starts to look about (gestures) this big around."

Willis did his best to keep Ardmore in the game in the third quarter, scoring 10 consective points himself as part of an 11-0 Ardmore run. But every time the Tigers made a run, Collins responded for the Storm.

The junior, in his first year of varsity basketball, closed the quarter with seven points in a row. His 3-point play at the end of the quarter expanded the Storm's lead to 19. Storm coach Kurt Talbott says the state schools — Tulsa, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State — have all been in contact with Collins, and other out-of-state schools have come to see him play.

Wilson said Collins, though a tremendous player, wasn't handled defensively the way he should have been. In their first meeting, the Storm only beat the Tigers 75-73 in the Millwood Tournament.

"You can't let guys get running starts on you," Wilson said. "Everything they had going was straight at the basket. Poor execution, poor coaching. Everything about it."

Ardmore will be off until Wednesday, then tips off in the Ardmore Holiday Festival on Thursday.

Duo tough for Ardmore girls to stop

When the Oklahoma City Storm needed points, it was going one of two places.

Neither could be cut off by Ardmore on Friday night, as Meredith Wolfey and Mariah Haxton scored 46 combined points in a 64-51 victory over the Tigers. Wolfley had 27 points and Haxton added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Storm, which continued to get Ardmore's spirited best deep into the fourth quarter.

The effort of the Tigers (5-4), however, came up a little short at each juncture. Even when Haxton finally fouled out with 4 seconds left in the third quarter and the Tigers trailing by nine, Wolfley was still able to do enough to keep Ardmore from rallying.

"They've both seniors, they're both really good basketball players," Ardmore coach Kevin Kelly said. "Keeping 10 (Wolfley) in front of us ... that was a chore tonight. When she gets past that first line of defense and they're playing five against four, we're gonna give up some easy shots and we're not going to be in good rebounding position either."

Patrice Bennett led Ardmore with 23 points and eight rebounds, Mychshyea Taylor added 12 points off the bench, and Trelynn Cohee and Rickkia Manuel each had five points for Ardmore.

Trailing by 12 in the fourth, Bennett converted a 3-point play, Christin Russell forced Wolfley into a turnover on the other end, and Taylor hit a 3-pointer for six consecutive Ardmore points. The run narrowed the Storm's lead to 56-49, but that was as close as the Tigers came.

Wolfley hit four straight from the line down the stretch to lead the Storm, which finished 15-of-19 from the stripe as a team. Wolfley and Haxton combined to go 9-of-12 from the line, and Meshelle Parker added 10 points for the Storm.

Wolfley and Haxton also had 20 of the Storm's 28 rebounds.

"The game of basketball is a game of runs," Kelly said. "Hopefully, on our runs we score more points than we give up on their runs. Tonight, it was kinda the opposite way around.

"The thing that really killed us tonight was our defensive rebounding. We gave up too many offensive rebounds, too many second-chance points."

Kerra Day and Kyla Stapleton each pulled down six rebounds for the Tigers, who next play in the Ardmore Holiday Festival starting Thursday.

Erik K. Horne