Meghan Tade hit all eight of her fourth-quarter free throws, accounting for half of Bethel's scoring over the final eight minutes, and the Lady Wildcats were able to secure a 53-47 win over Meeker Thursday in the first round of the Bison Invitational at Oklahoma Baptist University.
Bethel trailed by two to start the second quarter, and led 26-20 at halftime. The Lady Bulldogs closed to within 37-36 by the end of the third.
Tade finished with a game-high 20 points, and Meeker's Cortney Edmonds led the Lady Bulldogs with 15. Taylor Standlee added 14 for Meeker.
Bethel will challenge Perkins-Tryon at 4:30 p.m. today as the tournament continues. Meeker will face Newcastle in the 1:30 p.m. game.
Ada edges Tecumseh
Ada's Lady Cougars, ranked 12th in Class 4A, held off a late rally to defeat Tecumseh 36-29 in first-round action Thursday at the Bison Invitational.
Tecumseh trailed 23-8 at the break, but pulled to within six (26-20) to start the fourth quarter. The Lady Savages out-scored the Lady Cougars 13-10 down the stretch, but it was too little, too late.
Sam Schovanec led the Lady Savages with seven points, followed by teammate Sutv Meely with six. Jalyn Williams, with five points, scored Tecumseh's only 3-point field goal.
Ada's Aaliyah Blakely dropped in game-high 17.
Tecumseh will meet Chandler at 11 a.m. today in the Noble Complex as the tournament continues. Ada will face McLoud — a 54-37 winner over Chandler Thursday — at 7:30 p.m. today.
Lady Redskins hammer Lady Lions
McLoud got a game-high 17 points from Bethanie James, and rode a 34-15 halftime lead to a 54-37 win over Chandler in Thursday's first round of the Bison Invitational.
James was 5-for-6 on free throws in the first half.
The Lady Redskins led 42-19 after three quarters.
Bailey Wilson led Chandler with 10 points.
McLoud will take on Ada at 7:30 p.m. today at OBU, and Chandler will face Tecumseh in the 11 a.m. contest.
In other Bison Invitational action Thursday, Perkins-Tryon topped Newcastle, 50-30.
Tecumseh dumps Chandler in second half
Three Savages scored in double figures as Tecumseh knocked off Chandler 54-42 Thursday in first-round action at the Bison Invitational.
The Savages trailed by three at halftime, but roared back after halftime to claim the win.
Julio Hukill led the way with 17, while Alan Brewer chipped in 13 and Colton Owen added 10.
Hukill shared game-leader honors with Chandler's Cody Campbell, who also had 17 points. The Lions' Josiah Brown added 8.
Tecumseh will play Newcastle at 9 p.m. today in the second round. Chandler draws Perkins-Tryong, and that game will tip at 12:15 p.m. today.
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Trevor Stark scored 12 for the Bethel Wildcats, which opened a big halftime advantage and coasted to a 42-31 win over McLoud in the opening round of the Bison Invitational Thursday night.
"We were solid on defense," Bethel coach Jason Thomason said. "Offensively we struggled, but our defense carried us. We controlled the boards, which helped us out a lot."
Jacob Magruder led the way for McLoud with 11, hitting three treys. Klayton Adams added eight points with two triples of his own. Bethel's Garrett Fitzgerald added nine.
Bethel will advance to play Ada in the second round at 6 p.m. today, while the Redskins will take on Meeker at 2:45 p.m.
Ada smashes Meeker, 76-34
Cory Kilby scored 21, Walker Whitworth added 17, and the Ada Cougars mauled Meeker 76-34 Thursday in first-round action at the Bison Invitational.
Twelve Cougars found their way into the scoring column.
Kevin Schilling netted 12 for the Bulldogs, who found themselves in a 14-3 hole after the first eight minutes and 34-16 at the break.
Levi Keel chipped in 10 for Meeker.
The Cougars advance and will face Bethel in the second round today. That game tips at 6 p.m.
Meeker will head to the consolation bracket to take on McLoud at 2:45 p.m. today.
Also in the Bison Invitational first round, Perkins-Tryon fell 53-35 to Newcastle.
Note: Reports compiled by Jason Smith and Chuck Porter.