In a clash of two top-ranked teams, Class B's 10th-ranked Asher Lady Indians were defeated by the No. 6-ranked Sasakwa Lady Vikings 59-47 in the semi-final round of the Jim Walling Classic Monday.
Earlsboro – In a clash of two top-ranked teams, Class B's 10th-ranked Asher Lady Indians were defeated by the No. 6-ranked Sasakwa Lady Vikings 59-47 in the semi-final round of the Jim Walling Classic Monday.
Sasakwa started the game off with two Stormy Johnson layups and would not relinquish the lead. Johnson had six points in the quarter and the Lady Vikings led 16-9.
Asher fought back in the second quarter, going on an 11-2 run to cut the lead to 22-21. In that run, Tarin Dubler chipped in 10 points and Braxten Frazier six.
In the second quarter, Asher's Tarin Dubler picked up the pace offensively, scoring 11 points, including a buzzer beater to end the half. Despite trailing 38-28 Asher coach Tari Dubler rallied her team in the locker room and encouraged her team to keep up the intensity.
“We made some adjustments at halftime and came out and executed those,” Dubler said. “It was pretty effective but Sasakwa is long and athletic. In the end, we gave them too many looks.”
Despite the pep talk from their coach, the Lady Indians were unable to get back in the game. Sasakwa ended the third quarter on an 11-0 run to stretch the lead to 51-35.
Asher was able to outscore Sasakwa 12-8 in the final frame, in part to Tarin Dubler's nine points, but key rebounds on both ends of the floor by the Lady Dragons allowed them to chew up clock.
“Sasakwa out-rebounded us and we gave them too many extra opportunities offensively and we missed a lot of easy baskets.” Asher coach Tari Dubler said.
Tarin Dubler finished the game with a double-double, scoring 25 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Frazier joined her in double-figures with 12 points.
Sasakwa's Madison Factor led all scorers with 23 points. Johnson and Areyonna Morgal contributed 12 and 10 points respectively.
Asher (9-6) will face the loser of Dewar and Varnum in the third place game. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday at Earlsboro High School.