By Johnny McMahan
Woodward, Okla. —
Woodward looked in playoff form on Saturday with a dominating 87-60 victory over Altus in Western Conference basketball action at Boomer Fieldhouse.
The Boomers, ranked 7th in Class 4A, routed the Bulldogs, ranked 12th in 5A, by hitting 13 three-pointers and using their defense to force turnovers leading to easy baskets.
Earlier on Saturday, Woodward's girls edged Altus 30-25 by hitting free throws in the final minute.
On Friday, the teams split with the boys beating Weatherford and the girls losing.
The Boomers will host Cache on Monday with games starting at 5 p.m., then close out the regular season at Guymon on Tuesday, where start time is 6;30 p.m.
Here is a recap of the weekend
Saturday's game was the Boomers best offensive performance of the season, eclipsing a previous high of 73 points against Elk City in December.
Ty Richey poured in 26 points and Taylan Iliff 25 for the 16-2 Boomers.
Woodward broke the game open in the final 3 minutes of the first half, using a 15-3 run to open up a 47-33 advantage.
The closest Altus could get in the second half was 11 points.
Kaleb Roach was also in double figures for the Boomers with 10 points.
Ward had 14 points to pace Altus.
Friday's game was more of a struggle for the Boomers, who needed an 11-2 run over the final 3:30 for the 53-41 win.
Weatherford led at halftime 20-19, but the Boomers built a 33-30 advantage going into the fourth period.
It was still a 3-point game after a pair of Eagle free throws with 3:30 left, but the Boomers opened it up as Richey scored off an assist from Kale Hixon to make it 44-39 and Hixon followed with a 3-pointer. A bucket by Iliff made it 49-39 with 1:48 remaining.
After an Eagle bucket, Richey and Hixon each scored to account for the 53-41 final.
Richey led the Boomers with 17 points, all in the second half, while Iliff had 12 and Hixon 11.
C. J. Davis had 14 and Brandon Kirk 13 for Weatherford.
The Boomers broke a 5-game losing streak with the win over Altus, improving to 4-14 on the season.
Both teams had problems scoring points and in fact, the Boomers didn't have a field goal in the fourth period with all 6 of their points coming at the foul line.
Woodward led 26-21 early in the period, but Altus closed the gap to 26-25 and it stayed there until Baylee Forrest hit a free throw with 1:03 left for a 2-point Woodward lead.
With 20.9 seconds left, Kameron Pope dropped in a pair of free throws to pretty much seal the win, and the Boomers added another late free throw.
Woodward led 18-15 at halftime on the strength of a three-pointer by Pope in the final 2 seconds.
The Boomers stretched the lead to 24-16 at one point in the third quarter before Altus closed the gap.
Hillary Hurst had 12 points to lead Woodward and Pope scored 8. Kaity Shoaf added 4 points.
On Friday, Weatherford defeated the Boomers 60-44 after building a 38-18 halftime lead.
Woodward closed to within 11 points in the second half, but couldn't get closer.
Devre Newby had 17 points and Hurst 14 to lead Woodward.
Woodward 53, Weatherford 41
Woodward - Hixon 11, K. Roach 9, Iliff 12, S. Roach 2, Ludwyck 2, Richey 17.
Woodward 87, Altus 60
Woodward - Kee 1, Hixon 9, K. Roach 10, Iliff 25, Alexander 5, Owen 6, Ludwyck 2, Pope 1, Richey 26.
Weatherford 60, Woodward 44
Woodward - Newby 17, Hurst 14, Covalt 6, Garner 2.
Woodward 30, Altus 25
Woodward - Newby 3, Pope 8, Hurst 12, Shoaf 4, Forrest 3.
Note: Monday will be Coaches vs. Cancer Night at the Cache games as basketball teams nationwide raise money for the American Cancer Society. T-shirts were sold for the event and fans are asked to wear them or wear pink. Woodward Regional Hospital purchased shirts for both teams (Woodward and Cache) to wear as warm-ups. Chances will also be sold on autographed photos of Lon Kruger and Travis Ford as well as Oklahoma City Thunder tickets (provided by the Stock Exchange Bank). Drawings will be at halftime of the boys game. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.