Up by five, Prague’s girls watched with little concern as an Okemah 3-point field goal found its mark with less than 2 seconds to play, and Class 3A’s ninth-ranked Lady Red Devils celebrated homecoming with a 28-26 win Friday night.
Prague trailed by two to start the second quarter, but an 11-point spurt in the second allowed the hosts to carry a 14-11 lead into the break. The Lady Devils led 19-17 after three quarters.
“It was a cat-and-mouse game,” said Prague head coach Jay Depanion.
Corbin Coker spearheaded Prague’s offense with a team-high 12 points. Lindsey Fridrich added seven.
Now 11-3, the Lady Red Devils will travel to Tecumseh for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff today.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.
Okemah stymies Prague, 63-41
PRAGUE — Behind 18 points from John Wingfield, Class 3A’s third-ranked Okemah Panthers pulled away from the Prague Red Devils in the second half to claim a 63-41 win Friday night.
Prague (6-8) held the Panthers in check for the first half, turning the ball over just three times and going into the locker room trailing by just one (28-27).
“Then homecoming hit,” Prague coach David Day said.
Okemah reeled off four straight 3-pointers out of the halftime gate, including three bombs from Ryan Titsworth, and forced five turnovers during a 14-0 run in the opening minutes of the third quarter.
When the dust finally settled, Prague was down 42-27.
“It was a very physical game,” Day said. “They just got the better of us in the second half.”
Grayson Hamm led the home team with 12 points. Teammate Josiah Snyder chipped in eight.
Titsworth finished with 17 points for Okemah, while fellow Panther Stoney Newton rounded out their double-digit scorers with 10.
It doesn’t get any easier for Prague, which will travel to Tecumseh to take on the Class 4A No. 7 Savages tonight.
Note: Report compiled by Chuck Porter.