Byng team can't keep pace with Elgin

Jan. 19—PURCELL — The Elgin Lady Owls used a strong inside presence to power past Byng 57-45 Thursday morning in the first round of the 2024 Heart of Oklahoma Basketball Tournament hosted by Purcell High School.

The Lady Pirates fell to 8-7 on the season and were scheduled to face the Enid-Bethany loser at 10 a.m. today in consolation play. Class 5A Elgin improved to 9-4 and advanced to the semifinals.

The tournament continues through Saturday night.

Elgin 57, Byng 45

The Elgin post-player combo of Kelby Carter and Danika Pendley — a pair of sophomores — was tough to handle for the Byng team.

Pendley finished with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Carter followed with 13 points and four boards.

The pair helped the Lady Owls win the rebounding battle by a 40-27 count. Lilly Taliferro tracked down eight rebounds for Elgin.

The first quarter went back and forth with Byng taking a slim 13-11 lead after two free throws by Lani Meyers at the 1:13 mark.

However, Elgin sharpshooter Sabrina Williams, a freshman, hit a 3-pointer in the waning seconds to put her team on top 14-13 heading into the second period.

Byng used a mini 7-0 spurt in the third quarter to grab a 20-17 lead capped by a 3-point basket from Alona Cooper at the six-minute mark. However, Elgin countered by scoring the next 10 points to fly past the Lady Pirates. After Williams made back-to-back triples, the Lady Owls had pushed their lead to 27-20. Williams finished with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from downtown but didn't even attempt a trey in the second half.

Meyers scored at the end of a fast break to get the Lady Pirates within 27-24 with 1:04 remaining. However, Elgin used a late putback by Pendley to head into the locker room at halftime on top 29-24.

Cooper — who finished with a game-high 20 points for Byng — drilled a 3-pointer with just over six minutes left in the third period to get the Lady Pirates within 31-28. Cooper also had three steals and four blocked shots.

Cadence Carlos found an open path to the basket to get the locals within 33-30 at the midway point of the quarter.

The Lady Owls then engineered a game-changing 15-3 run to pull away. After Kynli Garrett got free for a layup on a fast break with 6:33 left in the game, the Elgin advantage had grown to 48-34.

No other Byng players reached double-digit scoring. Carlos ended with nine points, hit 4-of-4 free throws, and had three steals. Six other BHS players reached the scoring column.

The Lady Pirates finished with 12 steals, led by Torri Gustin with four. Byng also helped force 23 Elgin turnovers.


By The Numbers

Thursday, Jan. 18


Heart of Oklahoma Tournament

At Purcell

First Round

Elgin 57, Byng 45

ELGIN 14 15 15 13 — 57

BYNG 13 11 10 11 — 45

ELGIN: Danika Pendley 6-12, 5-6, 17; Kelby Carter 6-11, 1-2, 13; Sabrina Williams 4-6, 0-2, 12; Kynli Garrett 4-8, 1-2, 10; Lilly Taliaferro 1-3, 2-2, 5. Totals: 21-44, 9-14, 57.

BYNG: Alona Cooper 8-23, 0-0, 20; Cadence Carlos 2-14, 4-4, 9; Lani Meyers 1-4, 2-2, 4; Brylee Baird 1-3, 1-2, 3; Torri Gustin 1-3, 1-3, 3; Blakely Miller 1-3, 0-0, 2; Hannah Wort 1-2, 0-0, 2; Piper Presley 1-2, 0-0, 2. Totals: 16-56, 8-11, 45.

Turnovers: Elgin 23, Byng 17.

Steals: Elgin 7 (Garrett 3); Byng 12 (Gustin 4).

Rebounds: Elgin 40 (Pendley 12); Byng 27 (Four with 3).

3-point goals: Elgin 6-13 (Williams 4-6, Garrett 1-1, Taliaferro 1-1); Byng 5-23 (Cooper 4-14, Carlos 1-3).

Fouled out: None.