McLOUD —It wasn’t hard for McLoud coach Doug Armstrong to explain how his Lady Redskins riddled Catoosa 54-37 Friday after losing to the same squad by 12 points in January.
“We defended. It is as simple as that,” said Armstrong “We just competed defensively, challenging shots and forcing turnovers.
“We also rebounded tremendously all night, shared the ball and played inside-out on offense.”
Junior Cheyenne Banks of McLoud was the game’s leading scorer with 17. Sophomore Destin Walker came off the bench and provided 16 points, including eight in the second quarter. Walker provided three 3-point field goals and teammate Hallee Winsea notched two.
“Everybody gave us a contribution,” Armstrong said.
Catoosa’s last lead was 5-4. McLoud went on a 22-8 run for a 26-13 halftime cushion.
Catoosa concluded the season at 9-17.
McLoud will seek an area tournament berth when it plays Harding Charter Prep at 1:30 p.m. today for the regional consolation championship.
“They have a big forward, a junior who has committed to Ole Miss,” said Armstrong. “We want this place to be packed.”
Catoosa 67, McLoud 43
Fueled by a 13-0 run to end the second quarter, Catoosa ended McLoud’s season at 10-15.
The teams were knotted at 23 when the 13-0 run made it 36-23 at the intermission.
Gavin Phillips led 19th-ranked Catoosa (14-12) with 24 points. J. Coons finished with 17 points, including three field goals from beyond the 3-point line. Catoosa collected five 3-pointers.
Junior Tristan Crook was McLoud’s scoring leader with 12, including two treys. Recording one trey each were Luke and Jacob Jordan, Luke Norwood and Johnny Sparlin.
“Catoosa is so physical,” said McLoud coach Timmy Boyer. “They’re ranked in the top 20 for a reason.”
McLoud canned 9-of-17 free throws while Catoosa hit 16-of-24 charity shots.
Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.