MIDWEST CITY — Having made their way to the area tournament, the No. 19 Plainview Indians were looking to take one step closer to their ultimate goal on Thursday.

MIDWEST CITY — Having made their way to the area tournament, the No. 19 Plainview Indians were looking to take one step closer to their ultimate goal on Thursday.

Unfortunately, the upstart Warriors from Daniel Webster (Tulsa) had their own plans in mind.

Despite holding a halftime advantage, Plainview couldn’t contain the Warriors offensive push in the second half, as it led to their playoff elimination by a score of 67-60 at Midwest City High School.

“We’ve never had a problem with this team not playing hard,” Plainview coach Deon Stevenson said. “It was just one of those things today that you can’t explain. A lot of things we normally execute very well, we weren’t able to do in this game.”

“You can’t control the conditions of the game,” Stevenson said. “Both teams have to deal with those, and you have to make adjustments. As a result of that, we had some costly turnovers and other missed opportunities.”

Both teams came out strong in the first quarter as they combined for 31 points, with the Warriors leading 16-15 after one.

Plainview set the tempo in the second quarter as the Indians exploded for 16 points of their own, while holding Daniel Webster to just 12 before the break, leading to a 31-28 lead.

In a back and forth third quarter, there were several lead changes and ties, and it appeared Plainview was going to take a slim lead into the fourth.

However, a late basket by the Warriors managed to give them a 49-48 lead going to the fourth.

The momentum swing unfortunately never made its way back to the Indians down the stretch, as they never got closer than six points.

Things went from bad to worse for Plainview with 2:26 remaining, when Blake Nowell was called for back-to-back charges on two separate plays, resulting in him fouling out and severely hindering any chances of a Plainview comeback.

“Anytime you are trying to dig out of a hole, you need those calls to go in your favor,” Stevenson said. “I’d be lying if I said it didn’t have an effect on our momentum. Those officials are out there to make judgement calls and sometimes with a fast style of play, it’s hard to make those calls.”

Nowell finished with 23 points in the game, followed by Cason Dillion and Taylon Chambers each with 13 points.

Devin Jones added six points for Plainview.

The Indians end their season with an overall record of 17-8.