PRAGUE – Chantae Embry propelled Prague to a monstrous 64-34 win over Seminole in the final game of the girls bracket of the opening round of the 66 Conference Tournament at Prague Tuesday night. Embry completed the contest with 25 points to lead all scorers.
The Lady Devils were hot from beyond the arc in the first half, dropping five 3-pointers in the 41-13 halftime rout.
The start was a turnaround from what coach Benny Burnett has been seeing out of his girls lately.
“I thougth we came out with great intensity,” he said. “We've been lacking that the last couple of games and we put a really great half together, and then that second half we kind of took our foot off the pedal a little but, but we still stepped up and played well,”
Embry had two buckets and the Lady Red Devils went on an 8-0 rally through the first 4:15 of the game before Seminole's Alyssa Johnson made the first basket of the night for the Lady Chieftains. Prague rallied with another 8-2 run before Abby Carter disrupted things with a triple 35 seconds before the second. Kayla Smith answered with a trey of her own to kick off a 25-6 run up to the halfway point.
Macyn Anderson had two 3-pointers in the first half for Prague while Smith, Taylor Hodges and Embry each had one.
The 3-point game is something that Burnett's team has been working on improving, and he liked what he saw Tuesday.
“We've been missing that,” he said. “We're very capable but we've been dropping our heads a little bit, but we got in the gym and went to work. They started feeling more comfortable with it and knocked some down tonight and our confidence rose.”
Carter knocked down three 3-pointers for the Lady Chieftains in the second half, Aubrey Kotchavar had two and Destiny Tiger had one but the barrage of long shots wasn't enough to catch up with Prague.
Embry finished the game with 25 points to lead all scorers. She brought down nine boards to finish one away from a double-double and was 7-8 in the first half. Hodges had 10, Anderson and Caya Wright had eight each and Kayla Smith had six.
Burnett liked seeing several girls contributing in the paint and knows they can be relied on in games where Embry doesn't go off.
“When we are hitting on all cylinders, we're going to be a pretty tough team,” he said.
Carter led Seminole with 13 points and Kotchavar had 12. Tiger and Johson had five apiece and Lauren Cheatwood chipped in two.
No. 3 in Class 3A Prague (13-1) will play Chandler (4-11) at 6:40 Thursday in the tournament semifinals. Seminole (1-9) will face Holdenville in consolation Friday at 6:40.