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February 12, 2013

Lady Roughers fall to Broken Arrow late in OT

BROKEN ARROW – Toree Thompson’s feed to Tierra Jones with 1.3 seconds to go in overtime gave Broken Arrow a 64-62 win over Muskogee here Monday night, handing the Lady Roughers back-to-back losses for the first time this season.

Thompson, who finished with 33 points, gave Jones the game-winner after scoring all nine of BA’s points in the extra period up to that point. Jones finished with four points in the contest.

After scoring 19 points in the first half, Thompson was held without a field goal by Muskogee (17-4, 8-4 Frontier Conference) in the second half. But the Lady Roughers couldn’t cover her in overtime, including a shot she took for an uncontested layup off an inbounds pass following a timeout that gave her team a 62-61 lead with 40 seconds to play.

“We had some defensive lapses,” Muskogee coach Doyle Rowland said, citing that basket in particular. “I told the girls I wanted them to help on her and we didn’t react quick enough.”

Reaction time hurt on the last basket, too.

Kelsey McClure missed the front end of a two-shot free-throw situation with 8.1 seconds left but tied the game with the second shot. The Lady Tigers broke the Muskogee defense quickly and Thompson fed Jones from the top of the circle for the layup.

“It’s another tough loss,” Rowland said.

McClure, who missed an off-balance 3 on a slowly developing set at the end of regulation, ended the night with 30 points. Alexus Wilson had 14. Mari Jackson had 13 rebounds, tops for MHS in that category.

The game was tied at 53 going into OT. BA led at the half 20-17. It was Muskogee’s second overtime game this year, winning the previous one at Owasso 88-86 in mid-December.

The Lady Roughers won’t drop from their No. 2 spot in the Okrankings coaches poll held last week because the coaches aren’t voting anymore since the regional brackets are set. But in a week where they’ll play three road games that don’t count for anything, Rowland doesn’t want his team to lose its footing either. They go to No. 3 Bixby tonight.

“I told the girls we have to maintain our edge and to do that we’re going to have to fight our way through this with the same kind of intensity we had that got us to where we were,” Rowland said.

BA (13-7, 8-5), which lost at Muskogee 75-67 on Feb. 1, is in the regional the Lady Roughers host starting a week from Thursday and loom as a potential finals opponent, should the Lady Tigers knock off Sapulpa and Muskogee takes care of business against Moore.

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