MUSKOGEE — Cinderella’s glass slipper just wasn’t in style at the Muskogee Civic Center on Saturday night.

Anything to do with glass was in the hands of Kansas in the Class 3A Area IV consolation championship game and nothing was more evident of that than the fact that with 2:08 to play in the game, the Keys Lady Cougars got back-to-back offensive rebounds for the first time in the game.

It also gave them three total, and that was the story in a 57-29 loss to the Lady Comets, who collected 29 boards on Keys’ end of the floor.

That inside dominance out of a zone defense anchored by 6-foot-1 senior Channing Berridge and 5-9 sophomore Brooke Panther in the low post forced Keys into a night full of one-shot-and-out opportunities. What that didn’t do, their perimeter defense did, holding the Lady Cougars to just 3-of-13 from beyond the arc.

Otherwise, a scrappy defensive battle finished off a bid to make the Class 3A state tournament despite a sub-.500 season. Keys, with only one senior returning starter, finished at 11-17.

“One and done won’t help you at this point,” Burton said. “We’re worn out. Our kids played hard to get to this point but our legs weren’t with us. Kansas has had a history of being there in big-time games and they stepped it up. We just ran out of gas.”

It was Keys’ second loss this season to the sixth-ranked Lady Comets (24-3), who fell into the consolation bracket with Friday’s loss to No. 1 Sequoyah. Kansas won that contest in mid-January in tournament play, 68-28. Burton’s team rebounded from that and finished the year 7-6, missing out on its first three-game win streak Saturday night.

Keys hung in early but never led. Lindsey Hewitt’s free throw at the 5:27 mark made it 4-3 and she followed that up with a jumper with 2:06 remaining to make it a 10-9 game.

The Lady Cougars would get no closer.

Alyssa Bridges, Keys’ top scorer with nine points, had her first of three treys with 4:22 to go in the half, breaking a nearly six-minute field goal drought. Kansas closed the half with a 10-1 run and outscored Keys 11-3 in the third quarter to lead 41-17.

“I thought halfway through the second quarter and then halfway through the third they were tiring,” Kansas coach Steve Odle said. “It wasn’t as much what we were doing but just that they hit the wall. But our defensive plan worked.”

Keys may still get to state as it waits for this week’s announcement as to whether they’re a five-time academic champion.

Burton hopes there is a lesson there regardless for all but senior Jamie Neff, who had three points and three rebounds after scoring 17 in Friday’s semifinal win against Westville.

“Getting this far was the only thing we had to hope for as our season went on and we worked hard to get there,” Burton said. “I hope if we learn from anything from this year, that will help us to improve.”

That was what brought Neff to tears when she fouled out of her final game with just under six minutes to play.

“It’s not good for me going out the way I did, but my teammates have a chance to build on this and I’m going to come back and cheer as hard for them from the stands next year as I did anytime I was on the bench this year,” Neff said.

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