Chandler girls get redemption against Prague
OKLAHOMA CITY — All week long, coach Rodney Treat preached redemption to his Chandler girls.
Boy did it pay off.
The Lady Lions shook off an 0-4 season record against Bethel by shocking the Lady Red Devils 46-35 in a Class 3A area tournament elimination battle Friday.
Chandler never trailed after jumping out to a 9-2 lead after one quarter.
Since dropping a decision to Perry in its first district game, Chandler has won five straight matchups.
The Lady Lions (20-9) can earn a berth in next week’s state tournament with one more area victory. Chandler will play at 6:30 tonight against the loser of Friday night’s area game between Alva and Millwood.
“We talked to our kids this week and told the seniors if they win the last game against Bethel it will make the other four games easier to forget,” said Treat.
Senior Morgan Fowble headed Chandler’s scoring with 10. Teammates Jaelynn Robertson, Kelsey Williams, Leah Brannon and Hanah Vandenbrand tallied eight points apiece. Brannon picked up two fouls in the first 30 seconds of the game and spent the rest of the half on the bench.
Chandler hit all three of its 3-point field goals — Robertson with two and Fowble with one — in the first half, thus setting the tone.
“By hitting a couple of treys early, it opened up the lanes for us,” said Treat. “Once we made those shots, we were able to penetrate some.”
Taylor Hodges posted Prague’s only trey while scoring a team-high nine points. Beth Denney chipped in with seven points.
Chandler attempted 36 free throws, hitting 20. The Lady Lions went 12-of-20 in the fourth quarter as Prague was forced to foul.
“Since our loss to Perry, we have come together and we are playing harder,” Treat said.
Prague hit 11-of-17 free throws in concluding its season at 23-5.
Prague seniors Adisyn Auld, Jaycee Johnson, Diana Manning, Hodges and Denney concluded their high school basketball careers.
“The fifth time got us,” said Prague coach Benny Burnett. “We had a bad shooting night but Chandler outplayed us. We have five super seniors and I hate for them to end their careers like that.”
Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.