Rush Springs

Morgan White looks to make a play in Rush Springs' 53-23 win over Sterling on Tuesday.

Austin Litterell

The Rush Springs Lady Redskins started their Black Diamond Classic title defense in a big way on Tuesday against the Sterling Lady Tigers.


After a close first quarter, Rush Springs started to pull away in the second before taking complete control in the 53-23 victory.


Morgan White got Rush Springs off to a strong start by scoring three points on one possession. The Lady Redskins held an early 3-0 lead in the game.


With the game tied at five, Rush Springs outscored Sterling 8-3 over the course of the rest of the quarter.


Six of those points came from behind the arc. Jerricka Funk gave her team a 10-5 advantage before White buried a trey to give the Lady Redskins a 13-8 advantage after the first.


Rush Springs hit six 3-pointers in the game.


Sterling continued to fight and pulled to within two in the second. Up 15-13, Rush Springs scored the final nine points of the half and led 24-13 at halftime.


Jonna Kimbrough helped add to the momentum near the end of the first half. After grabbing an offensive rebound, Kimbrough scored while being fouled. She would then make the free throw to put Rush Springs up by 11.


Rush Springs continued to see its lead grow in the second half, and Caitlyn Long took over in the fourth. Long buried three shots from long range, helping her reach double figures in the game.


White and Long were the two Lady Redskin players to score at least 10 points. White finished the game with 12, and Long had 11.


Bailey Beard nearly reached double figures, finishing the game with nine points.


The win sets the Lady Redskins up for a semifinal game against Walters on Thursday at approximately 7 p.m.


Walters advanced with a win over Wayne in the first round.


As for the Rush Springs boys, they fell to Velma-Alma in the first round. The Comets came away with a 74-35 victory.


Caleb Heston led the Redskins with seven points.


The Redskins are now scheduled to play at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday against Waurika.


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