Everyone scores for OC in 108-60 homecoming win over York

OC sophomore Sydney Hill drives past York's Damesha Ellison during Saturday's homecoming game in the Eagles' Nest. Hill led the Lady Eagles with 16 points.
OC sophomore Sydney Hill drives past York's Damesha Ellison during Saturday's homecoming game in the Eagles' Nest. Hill led the Lady Eagles with 16 points.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 9, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian wanted to begin Saturday afternoon where it ended last season, playing at or near the top of its game. The Lady Eagles most certainly achieved that goal.

Everyone who suited up scored and OC posted its highest point total in two seasons in a 108-60 romp over York (Neb.) in the annual homecoming game in the Eagles’ Nest.

Four OC players scored in double figures, led by 16 points (in just 12 minutes) from sophomore guard Sydney Hill, and senior forward Roz Hamilton contributed a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

OC looked like a team determined to continue the success it enjoyed at the end of the 2012-13 campaign, when the Lady Eagles won the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region title and finished fourth at the NCCAA national tournament.

“That’s what we wanted to do,” OC coach Stephanie Findley said. “Obviously we were a little deeper than York and we were able to run the ball on them and kind of jump out to an early lead … and build on it in the second half.

“I’m just pleased that we were able to get everybody in and everybody scored and everybody played well. We just want to take it from here and see how good we can get.”

From the outset Saturday, OC (1-0) dominated York (1-2). The Lady Eagles jumped to a 16-2 lead in during the first six minutes, with Kaitlyn Morris and Hill each hitting an early 3-pointer and Hamilton scoring six points during that stretch. Hill finished 7-of-10 from the field and hit both of her 3-point attempts.

York pulled within 28-16 at the nine-minute mark of the first half, but seven straight points by Logan McKee put OC up 35-16 and the Panthers came no closer than 12 the rest of the way.

The Lady Eagles led 52-32 at halftime and opened the second half on a 15-2 run that included seven points from Hill and four from Andee Wayne and ended any doubt about who would win.

OC had 15 players in uniform (Jordan Gorham, Emma Gade and Makenzie Brown were out due to injury) and each of them earned a notation in the scorebook. Freshman forward McKenzie Stanford scored 11 points and Aisha Martin had 10. McKee and Daisha Gonzaque had nine points each and Talor Ward and Wayne had eight each.

Findley said she kept asking assistant coaches Lisa Zamroz and Larry Truesdell who had scored and who hadn’t, so that the team could run plays in an attempt to get those who hadn’t on the board.

“They all scored fairly early when they got in, so we didn’t have to worry about it too much,” Findley said.

The Lady Eagles committed only eight turnovers and shot 48.6 percent for the game (36 of 74) and 81.8 percent from the free-throw line (27 of 33), all while holding York to 35.5-percent shooting. OC outrebounded the Panthers 54-34.

Zanoria Echols scored 16 points to lead York while Marisa Maher had 13.

OC will host archrival Southern Nazarene on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles beat SNU twice in three attempts last season, including in the NCCAA Central Region title game, but the Crimson Storm ended up winning the NCCAA national title.