Propelled by a 25-point burst by sophomore Ethan Bateman, Earlsboro rallied past Sasakwa for a 60-55 victory Tuesday night.
Earlsboro trailed 42-37 entering the final quarter but went on a 23-13 tear over the final eight minutes.
Bateman tallied 20 second-half points, including six in the fourth quarter.
Derick McCormick netted 11 points for Earlsboro (9-16) and teammate Connor Kelsay added 10 points, including six in the final quarter.
Bateman and teammate Eric Stargell grabbed 11 rebounds apiece. Bateman fouled out with three minutes remaining.
“Our intensity was a lot better in the second half,” Earlsboro coach Russell Parsons said. “We didn’t shoot well from the outside.”
Earlsboro will entertain Coleman at 8 p.m. Saturday a Class B district tournament game.
In the early game Tuesday, senior Briana Anderson poured in 18 points, including four treys, as the Lady Wildcats pounded hapless Sasakwa 90-48.
Four players scored at least a dozen points for Class B’s No. 10 Earlsboro, which was led by freshman Demi Coon’s 26.
“Demi is a very good shooter. If you leave her open, she’ll hit them,” Earlsboro head coach Gary Anderson said.
Demi’s sister Brittany Coon pitched in 23 of her own and Megan Ashley scored 12 to pace the high-scoring Lady Wildcats.
“We shot the ball very well tonight,” Anderson said. “We had a lot of good effort from our girls knocking down shots.”
Earlsboro outscored Sasakwa 27-11 in the opening period and pummeled the Lady Vikings 46-17 in the second half.
Cynda Factor led Sasakwa with 24 points. Teammate Christie Comer added a dozen.
Now 22-3, Earlsboro will defend its home court Saturday against Coleman in a Class B district tournament. Tip is set for 6:30 p.m.
Note: Report compiled by Chuck Porter and Fred Fehr.