Central Plains makes it 118 straight

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CLAFLIN, Kan. After Central Plains, the No. 2 spot in the Central Prairie League is more or less up for grabs. In that mix is an Ellinwood team that entered Tuesday’s game with a 5-2 record. Emily Ryan and the Lady Oilers flexed some serious muscle, reaching 99 points with 1:49 to play and winning 99-24.

Central Plains Lady Oiler #11 Emily Ryan brings the ball down the court in the first quarter. The Osborne Lady Bulldogs took on the Central Plains Lady Oilers in a Class 1A Sub-State Semi-Final Game held at LT & Sheila Fleske Court in the Kirkman Activity Center on the campus of Barton Community College in Great Bend, Kansas on February 28, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

“We always respect our opponents,” said Lady Oiler coach Pat Stiles, “Our shots were falling and we were playing defense real well.”

That defense forced 14 Lady Eagle turnovers in the first quarter alone. Senior Delaney Rugan and sophomore Kassidy Nixon each scored eight points in the frame as the Lady Oilers built a 26-8 lead.

Ryan has climbed to No. 5 on the state’s all-time scoring list. She was brilliant with passes early on and was just as efficient as a scorer in the middle quarters. She scored 17 points in the second quarter and added 13 more points in the third. She went 5 for 9 from the outside, just missing a triple-double with 32 points, 12 assists, and eight steals.

Rugan scored all 16 of her points in the first half. Nixon had a career night with 22 points, 11 steals, and three assists. Senior Addison Crites made all nine of her shots from the floor to finish with 18 points and 10 rebounds, including five on the offensive end. The Lady Oilers up their win streak to 118 games.

Sophomore Mary Dimitt scored seven points for Ellinwood, and freshman Brittney Simpson added six points.