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February 15, 2013

Prep basketball playoff roundup: Midway girls move into regional finals

Hailee Truesdell scored 20 points to lead Midway’s Lady Chargers to a 63-38 romp over Victory Life Academy in the Class B Area IV regional semifinals  Thursday night at Wapanucka.

The win was Midway’s sixth consecutive and at 21-3 on the season, puts them in Saturday’s finals at Ada against No. 2 Lomega, a 95-55 winner over Bokoshe, also on Thursday.  

Joanna Van Brunt had eight of Midway’s first-quarter points as they ran off 13 unanswered points to lead 18-2. It was 35-16 at the half and 48-25 after three quarters.

“We came out and dominated the first quarter, but then I thought we relaxed a little,” Midway coach Spencer Phipps said. “I thought Hailee played really well in transition and hit some nice pull-up jumpers, plus she got some teammates some easy baskets around the rim.”

A win, particularly against Lomega, would not only get Midway the respect they’ve missed being kept out of the B top 10 (currently at No. 16), but would also put them one win away from their first state tournament berth coming off last year’s 20-8 outfit that lost in the regional consolation final.

Class A regionals

WEBBERS FALLS 57, GANS 40 (BOYS)  —  At Webbers Falls, Jordan Sharp scored 10 of his 19 points as the homestanding Warriors (13-12) outscored the Grizzlies 17-7 in the second quarter to lead 31-16 at the half. They then held them in check the second half to advance to tonight’s consolation semifinals against Moss, which lost its first game in the postseason to Stuart 51-48 on Thursday. Hunter Bray was also in double figures for Webbers with 10.

PORUM 53, INDIANOLA 25 (GIRLS) — Senior 5-foot-10 post Lakiesha Miller had six of her 18 points in the second quarter that Porum used to run away with a regional consolation quarterfinal win Thursday at Moss.

The Lady Panthers outscored Indianola 18-3 in that second quarter run. Guard play from Shelby Smith and Kaitlin Stinnett held Indianola’s top scorer, Courtney Anderson, to six first-half points and 10 for the game.

Smith finished with 12 points.

Porum (12-11) will play Weleetka, a loser to Gans on Thursday, at 6:30 tonight at Moss.

DEWAR 62, PORUM 58 (BOYS) — Trailing by one at the half, Porum (11-11) fell victim to a turnover-plagued third quarter where they were outscored 18-9. The 37-27 deficit never got closer than the final score in the fourth quarter.

Austin Wright and Dakota Wright each had 18 points, just shy of Mike Johnson of Dewar’s game-high 20.

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