EARLSBORO—The Earlsboro Lady Wildcats and Wildcats opened play in the 2019 Jim Walling Classic Thursday night and came away with a split. The Lady Wildcats defeated the Asher Lady Indians 39-28 to advance into tonight’s semifinal round, but the Wildcats moved left in the bracket with a 49-35 setback to the Dewar Dragons.

In the opener, the Lady Wildcats opened the game on an 8-1 run and never looked back. Abbey McCarroll scored three points in that run, helping Earlsboro to a 16-5 first quarter advantage.

The Asher Indians fought back in the second frame, cutting the lead to 20-14 by the end of the half. Asher was aided by some cold free throw shooting by the Lady Wildcats. Earlsboro went just 2-of-8 from the charity stripe in the quarter. Asher’s Jordon Odell hit a trey with 2:22 left in the half to cut the deficit to 20-14.

The Lady Wildcats were led in scoring by Alexxis Coon. Coon came off of the bench to hit for 16 points. She hit two three-pointers in the first half. She was the only Earlsboro scorer in double figures. Breanna Nadeau added six, while McCarroll and Lacy Haynes each netted five.

The Lady Wildcats will face the Dewar Lady Dragons tonight at 7 p.m.

In the Wildcats’ game, they found a stiff defensive effort put on by the Dewar Dragons. The Wildcats were held to just six first-quarter points and ended the half with just 13. Dewar led 19-13 at the intermission.

The second half belonged to the Dragons’ Brett Hayes. Hayes scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half, and did so by getting to the rim often. Hays scored seven unanswered points in the first three and a half minutes of the fourth quarter to put Dewar up by a dozen at 43-31.

The Wildcats struggled offensively, scoring in double digits in just one of the four quarters of play. That came in the third, when they clocked 13 points.

Dewar’s Hays was joined in double figures by James and Jentry Brison. James hit for 13 while Jentry collected 10.

Earlsboro had four players tie for team-high scoring with six points each, Eryn Johnson, Lucky Bohannon, Micah Anderson and Ryan Long all had six points.

Chance Bohannon netted five.

Earlsboro will face the Macomb Hornets today at 2:30 p.m. for day two of the Jim Walling Classic.