December 20, 2012

Lady Chicks come up just short

Aaron Colen, Sports Editor,
The Express-Star

ELGIN, Okla. — The Chickasha High School girls basketball team once again had the chance to win near the end of Tuesday's game at Elgin, but once again came up just short.

The Lady Chicks lost 46-44 to the Lady Owls in the two teams' second and final matchup of the season.

Chickasha is now 4-3 this season after the loss.

Sierra Hamilton was Chickasha's leading scorer with 15 points, followed by Kieley Clift with 12 and Dominique Golightly with 10 points.

The Lady Chicks played to an 11-11 tie after one quarter, and trailed 21-19 at halftime, but a 7-0 run in the third quarter put Chickasha in a hole they were unable to climb out of, although the Chicks were still in the game down to the end.

Head coach Christy Edelen said she was pleased with the fact that her team got the shots it wanted at the end, which wasn't the case in the first matchup.

"We got the shots we wanted there down the stretch and we haven't always done that," Edelen said. "In the last game, I think we had three possessions when it was like a four-point game and we didn't get a shot. This time, we got the shots, we just didn't hit every one of them to put us ahead."

Edelen said the team was also better at being patient in the offense, not allowing Elgin's pressure to cause the Lady Chicks to rush their shots.

"It was one of the first times we've played someone that was applying pressure to us, and if we didn't have a quick shot early off of the pressure, that we were able to kind of pull it out and actually run an offense," Edelen said. "That's definitely an area that I've seen that we've grown."

Chickasha was down 43-32 with 5:10 to play, but made a run to pull the game to 43-42 with 1:18 left on a Golightly jump shot.

The Lady Chicks got some decent looks to try and take the lead or tie. Alex Stewart missed a contested layup with 32 seconds left down one, and Hamilton missed a 3-point shot in the corner with about 10 seconds left that would have tied the game.

The Lady Chicks will have a tough test coming up against Anadarko, which is the No. 1 team in class 4A and probably one of the best teams in the state, regardless of class.

The Lady Warriors have only one loss this season, to Edmond Santa Fe, the No. 1 team in class 6A.

Chickasha and Anadarko are scheduled to tip-off at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Chickasha.