Prague, Chandler girls reach 66 Conference Tournament finals

Brian Johnson
Sports Editor
Prague's Jaycee Johnson (2) tries to find an opening against the defense of Seminole's Reese Street (14) Thursday night.

McLOUD – Many times solid defense can overcome offensive deficiencies.

The Class 3A 11th-ranked Prague Lady Red Devils have been playing out that scenario recently and did so once again Thursday night in the semifinals of the 66 Conference Tournament at McLoud High School.

Prague managed to shoot just 34.1% from the floor but limited the Seminole Lady Chieftains to 20.8% in claiming a 39-25 victory.

“I’m really proud of our defense. We did a great job defensively,” said Prague head coach Benny Burnett. “We did a great job of stopping what they wanted to do. But we’ve been in a shooting slump the last couple of weeks. We’re getting the shots we want, we’re just not knocking them down. Hopefully, we can relax and start knocking them down.”

The Lady Red Devils, who improved to 14-2, will face Chandler in Saturday’s championship game at 6 p.m. in McLoud. Seminole will face Stroud in the third-place contest at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Diana Manning tossed in 10 points and yanked down six rebounds for

Prague. Teammate Taylor Hodges followed with nine points, seven boards and four steals and Tori Lester had a solid outing off the bench with eight points, eighth rebounds and a steal. Adisyn Auld also tallied five points to go with two steals and three boards.

No Seminole player reached double figures but Holli Ladd tallied nine points, including oen 3-point basket, to go with six rebounds and a massive nine steals as the Lady Chieftains showed signs of superb defense.

Makayla Harge contributed seven points and eight rebounds in a losing effort and Kennedy Coker tacked on five points, including one trey.

The Lady Red Devils ended up with 14 turnovers while Seminole had 12.

Prague led from start to finish, jumping out to an early 5-2 advantage, leading 7-2 at the end of the first quarter and padding the cushion with a 14-6 second quarter in taking a 21-8 lead into intermission.

The Lady Chieftains pulled to within six late in the third quarter, but couldn’t get over the hump as they went scoreless for the first five-plus minutes of the fourth.

CHANDLER 44, STROUD 35 (Girls Semifinals)

A solid second quarter, featuring a 10-point scoring splurge by Morgan Fowble, lifted the Lady Lions to the semifinal win.

Fowble tossed in a game-leading 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

Teammate Hannah Vandenbrand finished with 11 points, eight boards and four steals as Chandler used a 16-4 second-quarter scoring blitz in establishing a 21-10 halftime advantage.

Leah Brannon followed with seven points and eight rebounds and Selah Bryan tacked on six points, four boards and a pair of blocked shots.

Kileigh Mixon paced the Lady Tigers with 14 points, 12 rebounds and four steals while Katlyn Hughey ended up with 12 points, off four treys, to go with five boards.

The Lady Lions’ massive second quarter was started by a Brown basket off a Presley Martzall feed. Fowble spotted up for a trey off a Brannon pass to make it 10-6. Following a Mixon basket for Stroud, Chandler reeled off 11 straight points.

Back-to-back buckets by Fowble made it 14-8 with 4:08 left in the third. Two free shots by Brannon, a Bryan basket via pass from Jaelynn Robertson and another Fowble 3-pointer made it 21-8 with 1:38 remaining before the break.

The Lady Tigers stayed in contention in the third and early in the fourth, pulling within six points twice. But that was as close as they got.

CHANDLER 67, STROUD 32 (Boys Consolation)

Caedon Parris poured in 17 points while draining two 3-point shots as the Lions ousted the Tigers from the tournament on Thursday.

Teammate Dalton Alsip supplied 10 points, including three treys. Chase Campbell followed with nine points, including one 3-pointer, and Dylan Mahan tacked on eight as Chandler staged huge second and third quarters to make it a rout.

Leading 11-8, the Lions went on a 20-7 run in the second quarter and then outscored Stroud, 21-7, in the third to make it 52-22 through three periods.

Chandler, 3-10, advances to play Holdenville in Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. consolation game in McLoud.

HOLDENVILLE 45, MEEKER 37 (Boys Consolation)

Kameron Daniels tallied 13 points and Garrin Murray ended up with nine as the Wolverines knocked the Bulldogs out of the tournament.

Kade Brewster paced Meeker with 12 points and Jake Hilburn, who drained a pair of 3-pointers, tacked on eight. Brewster also nailed one trey in a losing cause. Braxton Bussell had the only other Bulldog 3-pointer as he totaled five points on the night.

Holdenville held the lead at the end of each of the first three quarters. It was 35-24 in favor of the Wolverines at the end of the third, but Meeker made it interesting with an 18-10 fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.