Prague entered Friday night's Czech Classic undefeated and their closest game all season had been a 35-point win over Meeker to start the year. They beat Comanche 36-29 Friday.
When they fell behind 8-0, Prague coach Benny Burnett called a timeout to give his team a chance to regroup.
The 3A No. 6 Lady Red Devils, who came into the game averaging 72.5 points per game, trailed 3A No. 3 Comanche 12-5 after one period and 15-10 at the half.
Prague star freshman Chantae Embry only had two points and three fouls at the break. Morgan Cooper also had three fouls for Prague, but Comanche’s 6-4 Misty Dossey also had been whistled for three fouls in the first two periods.
In the third period, Dossey was the first to pick up her fourth foul when she tried to defend an Embry after an offensive rebound. Comanche led 17-14 when Dossey left. Embry and Cooper took advantage of the interior of the defense opening up. Cooper hit a big bucket to tie the game at 19-19. Embry scored to give the Lady Red Devils their first lead of the game but then the tide began to shift after Embry picked up her fourth foul.
Comanche got a three pointer from Emily Roden to retake the lead at 24-23 but Cooper answered with a three of her own. After Comanche tied the game at 26-26, Embry and Dossey got tangled up going for a rebound. Dossey tossed Embry across her back to the floor and Embry was sent off with her fifth foul.
Losing their best player in a tie game could have been a big problem for Prague, but the Lady Red Devils prevailed.
In the final four minutes of the game, Prague outscored the Lady Indians 10-3. Comanche missed three out of four free throws while Prague hit six straight – four from Adisyn Auld and two from Macyn Anderson.
Cooper did the rest to help send Prague to Saturday’s championship game.
“One of the biggest things this win meant to us was when all the big girls got in foul trouble - we have a superstar in Chantae Embry, there’s no doubt about that – but we’ve got other people who stepped up and came off the bench and hit huge shots for us,” Coach Burnett said. “That showed the rest of our girls what they can do.”
Cooper led all scorers with 13 points – including seven in the fourth period. Embry and Auld added nine a piece. Kayla Smith had three points and Anderson added two.
“We know we’ve got more than just Chantae,” Burnett said. “Our girls are so unselfish. When Chantae fouled out, she was our biggest cheerleader on the bench.”
Dossey led Comanche with 11 points despite being limited by foul trouble.
Prague will face 5A No. 5 Woodward who beat Clinton 71-30 Friday afternoon.