HULBERT 52, HASKELL 47 – The Lady Riders (9-2) controlled the first half before a Lady Haymaker really tightened it up, with five lead changes in the third quarter.
Victoria Lewis’ 3-pointer was the final lead change at 36-35 before Hulbert’s Tiffany Thompson hit a pair of free throws to start an 8-1 run. But it was the constant inside presence of 6-foot-2 Lindsey Krueger. She finished with a game-high 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Haskell (4-5) had a chance at new life when Tashay Love, after blocking a shot by Krueger, was fouled at the other end on a 3-point attempt down 48-44. She missed all but one and Hulbert finished it out on its own charity stripe.
“That finished us and it wasn’t something you expect from an 84, 85-percent free-throw shooter,” Haskell coach Rick Kirkhart said. “But (Krueger) was the difference in the game. We tried to front her, double team her, and she continued to score. Other than that I thought we matched up well and should’ve won the game.”
When not feeding Krueger, Thompson and Arnall, Hulbert’s guards, had 11 points each. They will meet the winner of today’s Oktaha-Summit Christian game on Friday at the Civic Center.
Lady Riders coach Rick Ott was anticipating a matchup with Oktaha, unbeaten and ranked No. 4 in 2A.
“We really haven’t gotten any respect in the rankings,” Ott said. “Playing them will give us a chance to see how we measure up.”
Haskell will play the loser on Thursday, also at the Civic Center. Both games are at 4:30 p.m.
MCALESTER 60, TULSA HALE 36 – Kaleisha Johson poured in 27 points as McAlester knocked off Tulsa Hale 60-36 at Muskogee High School’s Ron Milam Gymnasium.
Meredith Sauner added 14 as the Lady Buffs play the Enid-Coweta winner at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the winner’s bracket at the Muskogee Civic Center. Hale faces the Enid-Coweta winner at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Center.
Hannah Southward led Hale with 12 points.