Despite leading 17-10 after the first quarter, the Maud Lady Tigers lost to the 18th ranked Class A Dewar Lady Dragons 59-44 in the opening round of the Jim Walling Classic Thursday.

Despite leading 17-10 after the first quarter, the Maud Lady Tigers lost to the 18th ranked Class A Dewar Lady Dragons 59-44 in the opening round of the Jim Walling Classic Thursday.

Dewar picked up the intensity in the second quarter as they went on a 14-2 run and took a 24-17 lead into the locker room at halftime. Maud coach Bruce Harrell said his team has struggled in several second quarters throughout the season.

“I think the last two ballgames combined we've scored eight points in the second quarter,” Harrell said.

Things did not get any better for Maud in the second half. Dewar hit three treys in the third quarter and was able to keep a significant lead despite Maud ending the quarter on an 8-2 run.

“We cut the lead to six but it seems when we cut the lead it stretches right back out to 10 or 12,” Harrell said. “Dewar is a good team, a ranked team, a team that is a lot deeper than we are. We are playing teams tough, but we have to learn how to win.”

Dewar's Kiki Carter scored eight points in the fourth quarter and helped her team put the game out of reach.

On Friday, Maud (3-5) will play the loser of Varnum and Earlsboro. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.