EARLSBORO – The Lady Wildcats of Earlsboro had one of their best first halves of the season, anchored on a nine point performance by Anesah Lindsey, but couldn't put together the full game in a 45-32 home loss to Maud Thursday night.
“They played well, they competed. We knew they'd be a force and they've got a better team than their record shows, I think,” Maud coach Jeffrey Harmon said.
Earlsboro outperformed the Lady Tigers 18-16 over the first two quarters of play, but a rally late into the third gave the Maud girls the upper hand.
Jocee Sparks landed the first bucket of the second half and put the Lady Tigers on a 10-2 path capped on a 3-pointer from Jada Wright with 39 seconds left. Earlsboro's Abbey McCarroll closed the quarter with a bucket to make it a 28-22 game in favor of Maud.
Sparks' second half boost offensively and defensively lifted the Lady Tigers out of their rut as more shots kept dropping.
“Some of the shots we were missing early started falling,” Harman said.
Up 32-27 in the fourth, Sparks hit a 3-pointer and a layup and Cassidy Harman made a bucket to finish a 7-0 run for a 39-27 lead with 1:14 to play.
Sparks completed the game with 20 points to lead all scorers, Kaylee Sanders had 11 and Wright finished with eight.
Briana Nadeau and Lindsey each had nine points for Earlsboro and McCarroll finished with eight.
Earlsboro (7-10) travels to Strother Saturday.
Maud (11-3) travels to Bowlegs next week for a tournament and is on a hot streak with nine straight wins. Harman hopes to continue that trend and is enjoying the ride.
“They work hard, their attitudes have been great and I'm just proud of what they've done so far,” he said.