Ron Anderson’s Lady Chicks lost their first-round game at Anadarko’s Warrior Classic Thursday and will play consolation the rest of the way.

The Ladies showed some grit and bounced back after a horrendous start but came up six points shy of Duncan for a 40-34 loss.

The gals looked lost for the first seven-plus minutes, missing three point-blank shots, throwing the ball away twice and getting hit with a three-second lane violation while Duncan reeled off ten unanswered points. Low post Kayla Wallis, playing on a gimpy foot, finally scored down low on an entry pass from Natalie McRay with eight seconds left to end the drought.

Anderson said before the game that Big K, who rolled her ankle and sprained two toes in the Deer Creek game, wouldn’t start and hopefully would be able to take the game off, but he was forced to have her give it a try about five minutes in with nothing at all happening inside. The senior gritted her teeth and responded with a team-high thirteen points.

Senior point guard Tia Brown made her first appearance of the season a few minutes into the second quarter and nailed a three right out of the blocks. Paige Hightower got to the line twice banging inside and hit three freebees and Kayla Brosius started flexing some muscle on the glass and scored. Duncan still had a 12-point halftime cushion but there were some signs of life coming from Chickasha.

Wallis and forward Hannah Mahan combined for ten inside points in the third quarter and the Chicks were within nine going into the fourth. Finally playing with some confidence, they outscored Duncan 13-10 down the stretch and the Demons were happy to get off the floor with a 40-34 win.

Wallis finished with 13, Mahan had six, McRay and Hightower added four each, Brown had three and Brosius finished with two.

Madeline Murrell had nineteen for Duncan and Kinzie Kennedy had eleven.

Chickasha will play Northeast in the second round today. We’ll have the game story in our weekend edition.

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