Shooting woes cost Lady Owls in semis as top-seeded Elgin falls to Muldrow, 60-50
OKLAHOMA CITY — All the seniors wanted was a warm embrace from their loved ones.
Elgin’s four senior starters — Kailah Ballou, Paige Pendley and twin sisters Izzy and Gabby Cummins — shed several tears in the moments following a season-ending 60-50 state tournament semifinal loss to fifth-seeded Muldrow, but the group that will go down as arguably the most successful Lady Owls’ senior classes got plenty of hugs, support and cheers from the Elgin faithful in the crowded bowels of Jim Norick Arena on Friday evening.
“Anybody who plays sports knows there is a last day. Even though this hurts right now, it’s so big for these kids to see that support with the whole community backing them,” said Elgin coach Jerrod Jones, whose top-seeded Owls finished the campaign 26-3 and saw a second straight season end in the state semifinals. “It’s been great being around these seniors and seeing their growth — with Kailah and the twins from sophomores to seniors and how they blossomed and when Paige moved in how she didn’t miss a beat. The young kids look up to them so much.
“They’re all adopted daughters to me and those four seniors mean the world to me.”