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Anadarko girls, Elgin boys avenge looses in battle of Class 4A powers

ANADARKO — Both opponents that lost round one in December of the Elgin vs. Anadarko hardwood battle figured it was time to even the score.

After losing the past three meetings — including a Bertha Teague title game loss and a state tournament quarterfinal defeat last March — the No. 5 Anadarko girls (16-3) forced 27 Elgin turnovers and overcame a 13 percent first half shooting to hold off the No. 3 Owls, 45-40.

“I thought our defense was excellent,” Anadarko coach Jeff Zinn said. “You have to be in this environment. Elgin has been in this environment over and over and succeeded so we had to get over that hump and beat them once. It was a much bigger game for us.”

The No. 8 Elgin boys (16-3) had a similar sour taste in their mouth after watching Christian Braveheart sink a game-winning trey at the buzzer for a ‘Darko win last meeting. So the Owls returned the favor by going a perfect 16 for 16 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter to pull past No. 5 Anadarko, 63-53.

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