By JASON EPP
• Leader & Times
FORGAN, Okla. — The whistles came early (16 fouls in the first quarter), and they came often (44 fouls in the girls game, and a combined 85 fouls in the two games) at Forgan’s homecoming Friday night. The Forgan Lady Bulldogs shot 54 percent from inside the arc to help them defeat the Arnett Lady Wildcats, 69-45.
“It just wasn’t much basketball being played out there,” Lady Bulldogs coach Brett Trippet said. “They’d foul, then we’d foul; it was kind of like a free throw contest. With all the stoppages it’s hard to remember much basketball being played out there.”
Forgan got to the charity stripe plenty of times, but too often did not take advantage of it; making only 16 of 32. Arnett shot free throws only slightly better (54 percent) than the Lady Bulldogs, making 12 of their 22.
Both coaches managed foul trouble well, with neither team having a player foul out until the final two minutes of the game. On this strange night the first person to foul out was none other than the homecoming queen, Kaci Hall. All five of Hall’s fouls came in the second half.
After taking a 9-6 lead after one quarter, Forgan got on an offensive roll in the second, thanks in part to both sides being tentative on defense because of the foul situation. The Lady Bulldogs scored on 13 straight possessions to start the quarter, with Kenzi Taylor tallying 15 of those points. So even though Arnett scored 16, their best quarter of the night, Forgan still increased their lead to 14 at the half (36-22).
“Nobody really played any defense,” Trippet said. “Everybody was afraid to go in and rebound because of the fouling.”
The Lady Bulldogs put the Lady Wildcats away in the second half of the third with a 12-3 run to end the third quarter with Forgan leading 51-30. Forgan did push their lead to its highest at 22 in the fourth, before going on to win 63-45.
Kenzi Taylor led all scorers with 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the field, but struggled at the line making only 4 of 11. Lindsey Trippet added 18 on 5-of-10 shooting, and was 8 of 12 from the line. Samantha Leisher scored 8, and Kaci Hall and Allison Watson each added 7.
Forgan improves their record to 13-8, and will host Southwestern Heights next Tuesday.
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