The third quarter belonged to Lawton-Mac, although just under half of it was a back and forth affair. Kiaji Sawyer went off with two threes late that sparked an 8-0 run for the Lady Highlanders to end the quarter. She finished with nine points. The Lady Chicks went cold with just seven points to answer. It resulted in an eight point lead for MacArthur going into the fourth.
Immediately, Chickasha was out to end the three-point machine that was Sawyer. Dominique Golightly was charged with keeping her under wraps, and it seemed to work. That left Jackson, who ended up with a team leading 10 points, isolated at times, enough for a quick drive to the basket straight between Sylvester and Meredith Nolan. That put the Lady Highlanders up by seven and forced the Lady Chicks to resort to a full-court press.
It only illustrated further that Chickasha was truly chasing the game. Lawton-Mac spread out on offense and held onto the ball for a good two minutes to wind the clock down.
“We caused turnovers and had the chances to go score; we just didn’t connect,” Edelen said. “What we did actually worked, we just didn’t reward ourselves with points on the other end.”
It left Chickasha with only a minute to make up for lost time. A late jumper from Sylvester served only as a consolation.
Saturday's tournament schedule:
Duncan vs. Douglass (Girls, 7th place game) 10 a.m.
US Grant vs. Duncan (Boys, 7th place game) 11:30 a.m.
Edmond North vs. Moore (Girls consolation final) 1 p.m.
Chickasha vs. Mt. St. Mary (Boys consolation final) 2:30 p.m.
Cace vs. Chickasha (Girls 3rd place game) 4 p.m.
Cache vs. Altus (Boys 3rd place game) 5:30 p.m.
Lawton-MacArthur vs. Yukon (Girls final) 7 p.m.
Moore vs. Lawton High (Boys final) 8:30 p.m.