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January 12, 2013

33RD BEDOUIN SHRINE CLASSIC GIRLS: Muskogee, Oktaha girls in title games again

— Defense continues to be a work in progress for the Muskogee Lady Roughers and they showed it off against the Hilldale Lady Hornets in a 61-45 in the Large School Girls semifinal in the 33rd Bedouin Shrine Classic at Muskogee’s Ron Milam Gym on Friday night.

“Our defense was better,” Muskogee coach Doyle Rowland said after his team, ranked No. 8 in the Okrankings.com Class 6A poll, won their seventh game in nine outings, but has uncharacteristically given up 169 in splitting a pair of early-season games in 6A competition.

“We may start out in a man-to-man defense, but we switch to different ones to get the most out of all of our players,” Rowland added. “But our rotation on defense has got to improve. We need to have a good defense against the 6A teams we’ll be playing against this season.”

Hilldale coach Scott Hensley watched his struggle to score against the athletic Lady Roughers.

“They play a very physical defense,” he said. “We couldn’t get around them. We’re a better team playing for them. That was a good team.”

Hillary Calvert agreed.

“They are solid,” she said. “We played as hard as we could against them.”

The win puts the Lady Roughers in position to win their fourth straight tournament championship. Rowland’s squad meets 6A No. 9 Enid at 7:30 tonight at Muskogee Civic Center.

“Winning for a fourth time would be special if we can pull it off,” he said.

Kelsey McClure was special for the Lady Roughers with her game-high 22 points, 12 of that in the third quarter. She sank 7 of 13 shots from the field including a pair of 3-pointers.

Alexus Wilson added 14 for MHS, which led 41-24 at halftime.

Calvert topped the Lady Hornets with 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field.

Hilldale faces McAlester at noon today at the Civic Center for third place.

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