Woodward, Okla. —
Woodward split its homecoming basketball games Friday night.
The 10th-ranked (4A) Woodward boys used a big third quarter to defeat Clinton 61-51 while the girls dropped a tough 54-50 decision.
Woodward returns to action on Tuesday hoisting Altus.
Woodward's boys turned a 6-point halftime lead into a 17--point advantage, 48-31, at one point in the third period as they won for the 14th time in 14 games this year.
Clinton 2-13, didn't go quietly and closed to within five points, 56-51 with 1:31 left in the game before the Boomers closed it out.
Taylan Iliff scored on a three-point play with 1:15 left and Kale Hixon hit 2 free throws with 5.8 seconds remaining to complete the scoring.
Iliff had 19 points to pace the Boomers, who led throughout the game.
Ty Richey added 16 points and Kaleb Roach scored nine, including a thunderous dunk in the fourth quarter that brought the homecoming crowd to its feet.
The girls game was a battle with the Boomers overcoming an 8-point deficit to grab a 19-18 half-time lead.
Clinton reversed that and led 35-33 going into the fourth period.
The Tornadoes stretched the lead to 5 points, but the Boomers closed back to within one on a at 43-42 after a bucket at 2:21 by Amanda Covalt.
Clinton then led by 6 points on 2 occasions but Kameron Pope and HIllary Hurst kept the Boomers within range, but they couldn't get closer than three points.
After hosting Altus on Tuesday, the Boomers will go to Elgin on Friday, then host Cache on Saturday.
In some other Western Conference games from Friday, on the boys side, Altus defeated Elgin 62-36, Anadarko beat Cache 54-28 and Elk City downed Weatherford, 65-46.
In girls games, Anadarko beat Cache 49-31, Elgin hammered Altus 52-21 and Weatherford beat Elk City 57-35.
Clinton 54, Woodward 50
Clinton - Nedry 7, Adams 10, Reynolds 16, Williams 5, Walker 16
Woodward - Newby 6, Covalt 10, Pope 17, Hurst 16, Forrest 1
Woodward 61, Clinton 51
Clinton- Lime 2, Reynolds 15, Davis 4, Lokoijack 8, Jefferson 10, Baca 10, Golden 2.
Woodward - Hixon 7, K. Roach 9, Iliff 19, Owen 8, Ludwyck 2, Richey 16