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Basketball playoffs: Chandler girls run out of gas

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

OKLAHOMA CITY — Six playoff games in two weeks finally took a toll on Chandler’s girls as they dropped a 52-32 decision to Alva Saturday at a Class 3A area tournament.

“Our fuel tank looked empty,” said Rodney Treat after the Lions came up just one victory short of a state tournament slot.

Alva, 26-2 with the losses coming to Chisholm and Millwood, led 25-12 at halftime and won all four quarters against Chandler.

“We had a couple of breakaway fast breaks and our shots were just short,” said Treat. “Our defensive rotations were also a little slow.”

While Alva had three players scoring in double figures, Chandler had none.

Senior Morgan Fowble and sophomore Leah Brannon shared Chandler’s scoring honors with nine points. The Lions had just two 3-point field goals by seniors Kelsey Williams and Jaedyn Wayland.

Alva also had a big advantage at the charity strip, nailing 18-of-24 for 75%. Chandler was 6-of-10 for 60%.

“Alva did a good job of moving the ball around. There’s a reason they’ve lost just two games this year,” said Treat. “In my five years here, this is as far as we have advanced in the playoffs. Our four seniors have been to the area tournament every year.”

Chandler finished the campaign at 20-10, including a 46-35 area victory over Prague Friday. Prague had won all four previous meetings with Chandler this season.

Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.