STROUD — A quick start produced quality dividends for McLoud’s girls Tuesday at the 66 Conference Tournament.

McLoud outscored Stroud 12-4 in the opening quarter and went on to post a 53-42 first-round victory.

Coach Buddy Armstrong’s squad also avenged an earlier three-point loss to Stroud.

Tuesday, Stroud pulled within 31-27 after three quarters but senior Karlie Norwood sank two 3-pointers as McLoud went on a 21-15 roll in the fourth quarter.

“We played well,” McLoud coach Doug Armstrong said. “We had great intensity and we made some clutch plays down the stretch. We did a good job of handling pressure.”

Sophomore Cheyenne Banks was McLoud’s offensive ringleader with 15 points. Lexi Boyer added 11 points, including a 3-of-3 outing at the free-throw line .McLoud was 11 of 15 from the line for 73.3 percent. Jessie Wooten was 3 of 4.

Norwood chipped in with 10 points.

Katlyn Hughey finished as Stroud’s leading scorer with 18, including three treys. Jadyn Young had 14 points for Stroud.

Stroud was 13 of 21 at the line.

McLoud, 9-8, will go up against Prague in Friday night’s 6:40 semifinals. Prague and McLoud met Saturday night in a makeup game with the former prevailing 47-35. Callie Cardin fueled McLoud with 14 points, including four 3-pointers.

Banks added 12 points.

Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.