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February 12, 2014

Oktaha drops home pair to Henryetta

OKTAHA —  So much for the home-court advantage.

A night after a great shooting performance at Henryetta, the Lady Tigers of Oktaha couldn’t buy a bucket in the first half and ended up losing to the Lady Knights — whom they beat by nine points Monday nigh — 58-53 in overtime Tuesday night at the Oktaha gym.

After shooting 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line on the road Monday night, Oktaha (17-4) struggled to shoot 26 percent from the field (6-of-23) from the field and just 30 percent (3-of-10) from the charity line in the first half.

“That’s about as poor as we’ve shot in a long time,” said Lady Tigers coach Chester Pittman. “We couldn’t hit anything. I was surprised we got the game into overtime. We did about everything we could do to give the game to them until we finally gave it to them.”

Oktaha’s shooting did improve somewhat in the second half, but sloppy ball handling, Henryetta’s offensive rebounding, and some changes made by the Lady Knights after Monday night’s loss helped spell the difference.

“We kind of adjusted some things that we did Monday night and that helped us out,” said Henryetta coach Kolby Johnson. “We’re just glad to come in here and get a win.

The Lady Knights (6-14) led by as many as seven points early in the second quarter, but Kelsey Cantwell scored eight of her game-high 20 points in the quarter to help bring Oktaha back to a 33-31 lead at the half.

It looked like the Lady Tigers might close it out as they went on a 7-0 run to lead 46-39 with 2:10 to play in regulation. But the Lady Knights took advantage of two Oktaha turnovers to close it to 48-44 with a minute to play. Henryetta scored with 15 seconds left to make it 48-46. Then Oktaha threw the ball away on a long pass with 10 seconds left and Addison Ellis made the Lady Tigers pay as she tied it up on a jumper with two seconds left.

Cantwell scored all five Oktaha points in overtime, but the Lady Knights got a basket by Hannah Gouge with 1:35 on the clock to put Henryetta on top for good at 54-53.

Haley Baldridge was only other Lady Tiger in double figures with 10 pints while Aundrea Hamric led Henryetta with 19 points.

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