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— The Watts Engineers continued to their hot start to the 2009-2010 season Monday with a convincing 66-48 win against Foyil, Okla.

Reuban Garner led the Engineers with 17 points while R.J. Cunningham had 15 and Clinton Simmons added 13 points.

The Engineers led 21-14 after the first period and really turned on the pressure in the second quarter outscoring Foyil 22-13. Foyil narrowed Watts’ lead a smidge in the third before a surge of points from the Engineers boosted the advantage back up to 27 points.

“We had a little down time there in the third quarter but we stepped it back up again,” Watts coach Tony Mitchell said. “If we can put four quarters together like that we can wina lot of ballgames.”

The Engineers improved to 5-2 overall with the win heading into Tuesday’s game against Oaks.

Watts’ only two losses on the season have come to Welch, including last week’s loss in the Welch Tournament. Watts finished third in that tournament after defeating Ketchum.

Mitchell said he’s happy with the start as his team has nearly matched last season’s win total.

The Engineers are doing all this without forward Brien Lawmaster, who’s out with a knee injury.

Garner’s 17 points Monday matched his seasonhigh. He’s averaging 13.4 points per game. Dylan Edens is the team’s leadingrebounder.

Lady Engineers 65, Lady Panthers 62

The Lady Engineers built a 23-point halftime lead only to watch Foyil storm back in the second half and pull within two points.

But the Lady Panthers could never catch Watts in the end and the Lady Engineers picked up their second win of the season 65-62 Monday night.

Rikki Potter scored 16 points to lead Watts (2-5) but she along with Keisha Reynolds (13 points) and Mikala Crittenden all fouled out.

Kassi Harrington played a huge role off the bench scoring 15 points while Leslie Davis had eight points and Kristin Asbill had nine.

Coach Abbey VanDyke said it was easily the Lady Engineer’s best performance of the year.

“Honestly, it’s whether or not they come out ready to play and they came out ready to play,” she said.

VanDyke missed most of the fourth quarter after picking up her second technical foul. Boys coach Tony Mitchell coached the remainder of the game.

Sports, Pages 22 on 12/16/2009

Print Headline: Engineers sprint past Foyil

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