After more than three months of practice, the Plainview Lady Indians basketball team played just its second game of the season Thursday.
Plainview (2-0) overwhelmed Western Heights, 85-34, in the opening game of the Ardmore Holiday Festival.
The Lady Indians led 30-3 at the end of the first quarter due to a defense that would make former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson proud. Richardson's teams employed a full court press dubbed “40 minutes of hell.”
Western Heights' anguish was limited to 32 minutes, but it likely felt much longer.
“We've really made quite a few goals this season defensively, we haven't made that many offensively as far as goals,” Plainview coach Andy Bloodworth said. “We try to get three goals accomplished. And, like I tell them, 99 percent of the time if you do those, you're going to get the W. You have to give the credit to these girls, they've really bought in and are doing a great job of it.”
Sophomore Megan Shelton led Plainview with 26 points. Shelton had eight in the first quarter, and sophomore post Rebecca Wright added seven in the first en route to 13 points for the game.
Freshman Ally Parham had 14 and junior Heyden Hunt chipped in 12.
Crisp passing on offense and a full court press that easily shifted into a half court trap on defense had the Lady Indians looking like a team in midseason form.
“These girls have been playing together since the third or fourth grade,” Bloodworth said. “They kind of know each other's strengths and weaknesses. They almost think one step ahead and know what each other are thinking. That's a good luxury to have.”
Recent ice storms have caused numerous cancellations leading up to this weekend's tournament.
“I use the term loosely, but it's been a very disappointing start to the season,” Bloodworth said. “We've basically been practicing for three and a half months. These girls get ready for a game day and then we find out the day of the game that it's cancelled. That's happened three different times. I think we've had five games cancelled, including the (Plainview) tournament.”
Coming into the Ardmore Holiday Festival, the team knew it would be up against larger schools. Friday, the Lady Indians will face Class 5A's No. 5-ranked team Deer Creek, which beat Durant 73-33 on Thursday.
“Since we're playing 4A and 5A competition in the holiday tournament, we were hoping to be more seasoned,” Bloodworth said. “It is what it is. Mother Nature has won, I guess.”
Plainview will face Deer Creek 3:30 p.m. today at Ardmore High School. The winner will advance to the championship game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and the losing team will play for third place 3:30 p.m. Saturday.