, Muskogee, OK


January 15, 2013

Long day for Connors: Cowboys, Cowgirls split with Tonkawa in emotional twinbill



Connors 83,

NOC-Tonkawa 47

Tonisha Dean was just as emotional as the members of the men’s team. She said she focused her grief into playing energy and finished with a game-high 25 points.

“(Anthony) and I were real close friends,” she said. “I played my heart out for him as I pretended he was in the stands. It didn’t hit me (about his death) until I walked into the gym. I really don’t know why I had such a good game. He was really on my mind.”

Dean, a 5-11 sophomore, hit five-of-eight shots from the field, including three 3-pointers. She also made six-of-eight free throws as one of four Cowgirls to score in double figures.

Connors’ biggest lead of the game was 83-47 after a Shakemia Franklin basket. The Cowgirls improved to 10-5 overall and 3-3 in the OCAC.

Franklin finished with 16 points. Shakayla Love scored 12 and Raven Massey added 10 for Connors.

The Cowgirls started strongly with a 9-0 run before the Lady Mavericks’ scored and held a 33-27 lead at halftime.

Northern, meanwhile, didn’t score in the last seven minutes and 23 seconds of the game to drop to 2-16 and 0-6.

Mary Means topped Northern-Tonkawa with 13 points. Sharon Karungi added eight.

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